WING COMMANDER HRUSHIKESH MOOLGAVKAR
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Award
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1951
Service No.
1644
Service Particulars of Awardee
AIR CHIEF MARSHAL H MOOLGAVKAR PVSM MVC (1644) GD(P) (Retd)
Father's Name
Shri SR Moolgavkar
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Mumbai (Maharashtra)

Citation

WING COMMANDER HRUSHIKESH MOOLGAVKAR (1644) GD(P)

(Effective date of award – 8th December 1951)

Wing Commander Moolgavkar commanded No. 1 Operational Wing of the IAF in Kashmir from September 1948 to May 1949. In spite of having to plan out as well as conduct operations from both Jammu and Srinagar, this officer made time to take the air whenever the more difficult and dangerous commitments had to be carried out.

In these tasks, he showed great leadership by his selfless devotion to duty and fearless readiness for offensive action against the enemy, this leader inspired great confidence in his Squadron Commanders and pilots.

The air attack on the well defended Domel bridge and the Uri and Saadabad sectors was led and directed by Wing Commander Moolgavkar personally. When the defences around Uri presented severe obstacles in the way of operational flight on that area, he evolved a plan and attacked the Uri guns in conjunction with one of his Squadron Commanders. This attack not only exposed them to the fire of the anti-aircraft guns but also brought him within the dangerous probability of their aircraft entering the “Compressibility Zones” with a risky load of bombs at high altitudes.

The final link-ups with Poonch, Kargil and Leh were established during the period he was in command of No. 1 Operational Wing. The effective support that the IAF was able to render the Army during these operations was in no small measures due to his determination, initiative and drive in planning and co-ordinating the offensive to success.

WING COMMANDER HRUSHIKESH MOOLGAVKAR