FLT LT ULRICH ANTHONY D’CRUZ
KIRTI CHAKRA
Award
KIRTI CHAKRA
Year of Award
1952 (Republic Day)
Service Particulars of Awardee
WG CDR UA D’CRUZ, KC (3296) F(P) (Retd)
Rank at time of Award
FLT LT
Unit
F(P)
Father's Name
Shri Henry Patrick D’Cruz
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Chennai (Tamilnadu)

Citation

FLIGHT LIEUTENANT (NOW SQUADRON LEADER) ULRICH ANTHONY D’CRUZ

(3296)  GD (P)

Flt Lt. UA. D’Cruz while carrying out an offensive reconnaissance over the Akhnur-Bhimber area was shot down and captured by Pathan tribesmen on 1st December, 1947.  He remained a prisoner with the tribes-men and later with the Pakistan Army, until December, 1948, when he was returned to India under a scheme for the exchange of prisoners of war.

While a prisoner, Flt. Lt. D’Cruz was often beaten and threatened with death by his captors but neither ill-treatment nor the offer of monetary rewards could undermine his loyalty to his country or his service.

The fortitude and devotion to duty displayed by Flt. Lt. D’Cruz while a prisoner of war is in accordance with the highest traditions of his service and an example to his fellow officers and men.

FLT LT ULRICH ANTHONY D’CRUZ