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SHIVINDER SINGH BAINS
VIR CHAKRA
Award
VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1971 (Republic Day)
Service Particulars of Awardee
WG CDR SS BAINS VrC (7727) F(P) (Retd)
Rank at time of Award
FLT LT
Father's Name
Shri Gulbarg Singh Bains
Mother's Name
Smt Ajit Prakash Kaur Bains
Domicile
Hoshiarpur (Punjab)

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FLIGHT LIEUTENANT SHIVINDER SINGH BAINS (7727) FLYING (PILOT)

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, as a pilot in a Fighter Squadron Flight Lieutenant Shivinder Singh Bains flew fourteen operational missions in Poonch, Uri and Kargil Sector in close support of our ground forces.  He led missions deep into enemy territory in face of heavy enemy ground opposition.  He destroyed two enemy convoys of trucks in the Haji Pir Bulge.  In one of these missions in the Poonch Sector, his aircraft was hit by ground fire but he brought the aircraft back to base safely.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Shivinder Singh Bains displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

 

SHIVINDER SINGH BAINS
MAJ SOMNATH SHARMA
PARAM VIR CHAKRA (P)
L/NK KARAM SINGH, MM
PARAM VIR CHAKRA
2/LT RAMA RAGHOBA RANE
PARAM VIR CHAKRA
NK JADUNATH SINGH
PARAM VIR CHAKRA (P)
CHM PIRU SINGH
PARAM VIR CHAKRA (P)
CAPT GURBACHAN SINGH SALARIA
PARAM VIR CHAKRA (P)
MAJ DHAN SINGH THAPA
PARAM VIR CHAKRA
SUB JOGINDER SINGH
PARAM VIR CHAKRA
MAJ SHAITAN SINGH
PARAM VIR CHAKRA
CQMH ABDUL HAMID
PARAM VIR CHAKRA (P)
LT COL ARDESHIR BURZORJI TARAPORE
PARAM VIR CHAKRA (P)
2/LT ARUN KHETARPAL
PARAM VIR CHAKRA (P)

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L/HAV SANT SINGH
VIR CHAKRA (Posthumous)
Award
VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1950 (Republic Day)
Service No.
13666
Rank at time of Award
L/HAV
Unit
1 PUNJAB (ATT WITH 3 PARA MLI)
Father's Name
NA
Mother's Name
NA

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SANT SINGH
CAPT SUKHWANT SINGH GILL
VIR CHAKRA
Award
VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1972 (Independence Day)
Service No.
IC-20521
Rank at time of Award
CAPT
Unit
18 FD REGT/ARTY
Father's Name
NA
Mother's Name
NA

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SUKHWANT SINGH GILL
SQUADRON LEADER JASBEER SINGH
VIR CHAKRA
Award
VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1966 (Republic Day)
Service Particulars of Awardee
SQN LDR JASBEER SINGH,VrC (4476) GD(P) (Retd)
Father's Name
Shri Kartar Singh
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Jalandhar (Punjab)

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SQUADRON LEADER JASBEER SINGH (4476) G.D. (P)

(Effective date of award : 07 Sep 1965)

Squadron Leader Jasbeer Singh was serving as a Flight Commander in a fighter squadron operating in the western sector during the operations against Pakistan.

On 7th September 1965, Squadron Leader Jasbeer Singh was detailed as the leader of a strike mission against a high-powered Pakistani radar unit near the Gujranwala airfield, which was greatly hampering our air operations.  As his formation was about to attack, Squadron Leader Jasbeer Singh observed four enemy Sabre jets approaching.  He immediately warned the formation and undaunted by the interception by the enemy aircraft of superior performance and the intense ground fire, he pressed home his attack and inflicted severe damage on the radar station.  In his final attack, when he had to approach the target very low, his aircraft was hit by ground fire and was soon crashing near the target.  In this action, Squadron Leader Jasbeer Singh displayed great velour and unflinching devotion to duty, which were in the finest traditions of the Air Force.

 

SQUADRON LEADER JASBEER SINGH
FLIGHT LIEUTENANT AJOY KUMAR MAJUMDAR
VIR CHAKRA
Award
VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1965
Service Particulars of Awardee
GP CAPT AK MAJUMDAR, VrC (5071) GD(P) (Retd)
Rank at time of Award
FLT LT
Father's Name
Shri Debendra Nath Majumdar
Mother's Name
Smt Reba Majumdar
Domicile
Kolkata (West Bengal)

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FLIGHT LIEUTENANT AJOY KUMAR MAJUMDAR (5071) G.D. (P)

(Effective date of award: 20 Sep 1965)

On the 20th September 1965, as leader of a section of two Gnat aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Ajoy Kumar Majumdar was ordered to “scramble” along with two Hunter aircraft, for patrol duty over the Lahore sector.  The section was surprised by four enemy Sabre jet aircraft. Acting with great presence of mind, Flight Lieutenant Majumdar ordered the Hunters into a defensive turn and at the same time engaged the Sabres in an attempt to ward them off.  In the ensuing battle, he shot down one of the enemy aircraft.

In this combat, Flight Lieutenant Ajoy Kumar Majumdar displayed great skill and initiative in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

 

FLIGHT LIEUTENANT AJOY KUMAR MAJUMDAR
FLIGHT LIEUTENANT ALFRED TYRONE COOKE
VIR CHAKRA
Award
VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1965 (Republic Day)
Service Particulars of Awardee
FLT LT AT COOKE, VrC (6336) GD(P) (Retd)
Rank at time of Award
FLT LT
Father's Name
NA
Mother's Name
NA

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FLIGHT LIEUTENANT ALFRED TYRONE COOKE (6336) G.D. (P)

(Effective date of award: 07 Sep 1965)

On the 7th September 1965, when Kalaikunda airfield was under attack by six Pakistani Sabre jet aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Alfred Tyrone Cooke who was leading two of our aircraft on combat air patrol, immediately led the aircraft into intercept them.  Although our own anti-aircraft guns had already started to fire, he engaged two of the enemy aircraft in complete disregard of his personal safety.  The enemy aircraft tried evasive and counter offensive manoeuvres; but with firm determination and exceptional skill Flight Lieutenant Cooke outmanoeuvred the enemy and pressed home his attack and shot down one of the enemy aircraft, which disintegrated in mid air. Subsequently, he skillfully put his aircraft in a favourable position behind another enemy aircraft, but by then he had no ammunition left.  However, he kept the enemy on the run and the remaining enemy aircraft fled in confusion.

In this action Flight Lieutenant Alfred Tyrone Cooke displayed great courage; leadership and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

 

FLIGHT LIEUTENANT ALFRED TYRONE COOKE
WING COMMANDER PURSHOTAM LAL DHAWAN
VIR CHAKRA (Posthumous)
Award
VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1963 (Republic Day)
Service Particulars of Awardee
GP CAPT PL DHAWAN,VrC& Bar (2351) GD(P) (Retd)
Rank at time of Award
WG CDR
Father's Name
Shri Lal Chand Dhawan
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Ambala (Haryana)

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WING COMMANDER PURSHOTAM LAL DHAWAN (2351), VrC  GD (P)

(Effective date of award: 20 Oct 1962)

Wing Commander PurshotamLalDhawan was in command of one of the Transport Squadrons in the J. & K. area his third operational assignment in this area.  After active hostilities commenced in Ladakh, information was received that Chandni post was under fire and no clear picture was available regarding our posts in the Daulat Beg Oldi area.  Wing Commander Dhawan, knowing that he would encounter enemy fire, successfully carried out a complete reconnaissance over the area before landing at Daulat Beg Oldi and obtained information about the latest situation in the forward posts in that area.  When our troops were retreating from Daulat Beg Oldi, Wing Commander Dhawan located them and dropped essential winter clothing and food without which they could not have survived.

Wing Commander PurshotamLalDhawan displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.

 

WING COMMANDER PURSHOTAM LAL DHAWAN
SQUADRON LEADER CHANDAN SINGH
VIR CHAKRA
Award
VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1963 (Republic Day)
Service Particulars of Awardee
AVM CHANDAN SINGH MVC AVSMVrC (3460) GD(P) (Retd)
Rank at time of Award
SQN LDR
Father's Name
ColBahadur Singh OBI
Mother's Name
SmtRoopKanwar
Domicile
Pali (Rajasthan)

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SQUADRON LEADER CHANDAN SINGH (3460) GD(P)

(Effective date of award: 20 Oct 1962)

On 20th October 1962, Squadron Leader Chandan Singh was detailed to carry out supply dropping in the Chipchap area in Ladakh.  On reaching the dropping zone, he noticed that the outposts were under heavy fire from the Chinese forces.  He successfully dropped vital supplies to our garrison, although his aircraft was hit 19 times by enemy ground fire.  Squadron Leader Chandan Singh displayed courage and devotion to duty in carrying out the task in complete disregard of his personal safety.

SQUADRON LEADER CHANDAN SINGH
MICHAEL PATRICK OWEN BLAKE
VIR CHAKRA
Award
VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1950 (Republic Day)
Service Particulars of Awardee
GP CAPT MPO BLAKE, VrC (2630) GD(P) (Retd)
Rank at time of Award
FLT LT
Father's Name
Shri Joseph Francis Blake
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Bangalore (Karnataka)

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FLIGHT LIEUTENANT (NOW WING COMMANDER) MICHAEL PATRICK OWEN BLAKE (2630) G.D. (P)

Flt. Lt. (now Wg. Cdr.) Michael Patrick Owen Blake (2630) set a high standard of flying in Jammu and Kashmir Operations as a Flight Commander. Being the first to volunteer for operations in Kashmir, he led the first attack in SKARDU area, flying over difficult and dangerous country.

The officer rendered valuable service in the defence of Poonch.  He during critical days in Poonch, gave support to our besieged garrison there and was often responsible for neutralizing enemy strongholds in that vicinity.  In almost all of these attacks, he achieved results by pressing home the attacks on the enemy at great personal risks.  By his fine example he inspired confidence in other pilots of the Squadron

For his outstanding leadership as a Flight Commander in Jammu and Kashmir Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

MICHAEL PATRICK OWEN BLAKE

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