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LT COL SANT SINGH
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Award
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1966 (Republic Day)
Service No.
IC-5479
Rank at time of Award
LT COL
Unit
6 SIKH LI
Father's Name
NA
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
CHANDIGARH

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SANT SINGH
LT COL RAJINDER SINGH
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Award
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1950 (Republic Day)
Service No.
IC-144
Rank at time of Award
LT COL
Unit
7 LT CAVALRY
Father's Name
NA
Mother's Name
NA

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RAJINDER SINGH
WG CDR JM NATH
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Award
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1966
Service No.
3946
Service Particulars of Awardee
WG CDR JM NATH, MVC & Bar (3946) GD(P) (Retd)
Rank at time of Award
SQN LDR
Father's Name
Shri Kamal Nain Rai
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Jaipur (Raj)

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SQUADRON LEADER JAG MOHAN NATH, MVC (3946) GD(P)
(Effective date of award – 1st September 1965)

    During the recent operations against Pakistan, Squadron Leader Jag Mohan Nath, Commanding Officer of a Canberra unit, undertook several missions over enemy territory and obtained vital information about the enemy. The missions, which were all in the nature of reconnaissance, entailed flying long distances over enemy territory and well-defended airfields and installations, unescorted and during the day.  Although, Squadron Leader Nath was fully aware of the risks he was running on every of the missions, he chose to undertake them himself instead of detailing his Squadron Pilots, until he was ordered to let his colleagues do some of them.

    The information he brought back from his missions was of such vital importance that but for it our attacks on the enemy airfields and installations could not have been as successful or devastating as they were. In fact his missions enabled the Air Force to deliver its attacks on targets, the destruction of which was certain to hinder the war effort of Pakistan.
    Squadron Leader Jag Mohan Nath displayed courage, determination and sense of duty of a very high order.

WG CDR JM NATH
LT COL ARUNKUMAR SHRIDHAR VAIDYA
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Award
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1966
Service No.
IC-1701
Rank at time of Award
LT COL
Unit
9 HORSE
Father's Name
NA
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
MUMBAI

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ARUNKUMAR SHRIDHAR VAIDYA
WING COMMANDER VIDYA BHUSHAN VASISHT
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Award
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1972
Service No.
4584
Service Particulars of Awardee
AVM VB VASISHT, MVC VM (4584) F(P) (Retd)
Father's Name
Shri HN Vasisht
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Delhi

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WING COMMANDER VIDYA BHUSHAN VASISHT (4584) F(P)

(Effective date of award – 3rd December 1971)

Wing Commander Vidya Bhushan Vasisht, the Commanding Officer of an operational squadron, led a group of heavy bombers of his squadron to attack an important enemy fuel and ammunition dump at Changa Manga forest on the night of 3rd December, 1971. In spite of very heavy enemy ground fire, Wing Commander Vasisht pressed home the attack, and caused severe damage to the target.  Again, on the next night, Wing Commander Vasisht led another raid to the same target and succeeded in causing further heavy damage in the face of intense enemy ground fires.  On the night of 5th December, 1971, Wing Commander Vasisht led a formation of his bombers, this time to attack enemy positions in the Haji Pir Pass in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. The difficulties and dangers of this operation were due as much to the great volume of ground fire in the target area, as to the hazards of flying and leading his formation at low level through mountainous terrain. In spite of these hazards, Wing Commander Vasisht pressed home the attack and achieved marked success in hitting the enemy’s positions. In addition to these, Wing Commander Vasisht led many other missions deep into enemy territory where opposition could be expected from fighter aircraft and antiaircraft fire. In all these raids, Wing Commander Vasisht completed the tasks assigned to him without any loss to our aircraft.

Wing Commander Vidya Bhushan Vasisht has displayed leadership, exceptional devotion to duty, and conspicuous bravery in repeatedly leading attacks against heavily defended enemy targets, night after night.   

WING COMMANDER VIDYA BHUSHAN VASISHT
JEM LALSINGH
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Award
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1950 (Independence Day)
Service No.
3091
Rank at time of Award
JEM
Unit
1 PATIALA (RS)
Father's Name
SH NIKKA SINGH
Mother's Name
SMT MOHINDER KAUR
Domicile
SANGRUR State –PB

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LALSINGH
WING COMMANDER CECIL VIVIAN PARKER
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Award
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1972
Service No.
4346
Service Particulars of Awardee
AVM CV PARKER MVC VM (4346) F(P) (Retd)
Father's Name
Late Shri PR Parker
Mother's Name
Late Smt ES Parker
Domicile
Secunderabad (Telangana)

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WING COMMANDER CECIL VIVIAN PARKER, VM  (4346) F(P)

(Effective date of award – 17th December 1971)

Wing Commander Cecil Vivian Parker, the Officer Commanding of a fighter-bomber squadron led many deep penetration missions into enemy held territory attacking strongly defended targets. While returning from one such mission, his formation was attacked by enemy Sabre aircraft. In the ensuing fight, Wing Commander Parker shot down one Sabre and heavily damaged another, In another mission, Wing Commander Parker attacked the enemy oil refinery at ATTOCK, in the face of intense anti-aircraft and small arms fire, and caused serious damage to it.

Throughout the operations Wing Commander Cecil Vivian Parker displayed conspicuous gallantry and outstanding leadership.

WING COMMANDER CECIL VIVIAN PARKER
WING COMMANDER RAMESH SAKHRAM BENEGAL
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Award
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1972
Service No.
4220
Service Particulars of Awardee
AIR CMDE RS BENEGAL MVC AVSM (4220) F(P) (Retd)
Father's Name
Shri SR Benegal
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Mumbai (Maharashtra)

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WING COMMANDER RAMESH SAKHRAM BENEGAL, AVSM  (4220) F(P)

(Effective date of award – 17th December 1971)

As the Officer Commanding of an operational reconnaissance squadron, Wing Commander Ramesh Sakhram Benegal has carried out a very large number of missions over enemy territory and obtained vital information about enemy Air Force and other installations. These missions entailed flying deep into enemy territory and to heavily defended targets. The information brought back from these missions facilitated the planning of Army, Air Force and Naval operations and thus directly contributed to the attrition of the Pakistani war machine. It is further to the credit of Wing Commander Benegal that he never returned from any of these innumerable missions without having achieved his object in full measure. While flying repeatedly deep into enemy territory Wing Commander Ramesh Sakhram Benegal displayed conspicuous devotion to duty and professional skill of a very high order.

WING COMMANDER RAMESH SAKHRAM BENEGAL
WING COMMANDER MAN MOHAN BIR SINGH TALWAR
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Award
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1972
Service No.
4573
Service Particulars of Awardee
GP CAPT MBS TALWAR MVC (4573) F(P) (Retd)
Father's Name
Shri S Kartar Singh
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
New Delhi

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WING COMMANDER MAN MOHAN BIR SINGH TALWAR  (4573) F(P)

(Effective date of award – 17th December 1971)

Wing Commander Man Mohan Bir Singh Talwar, Commanding Officer of Bomber Squadron led five day and night bombing missions against very heavily defended enemy targets within the first 10 days operations. On one of these missions, Wing Commander Talwar inflicted very severe damage to the Pakistani Air Force installations at Sargodha. In a daylight mission in the Chhamb area, in support of the army, Wing Commander Talwar attacked four enemy gun positions near the Munawar Tawi river and effectively silenced three of them facilitating the advance of our troops in difficult terrain. Both these targets were heavily defended, the later was close to any enemy fighter base from where interception was also likely.  Despite this, Wing Commander Talwar pressed home his attacks with great determination and much success. His conduct was an inspiration to the crews of the other aircraft, which he was leading.

The bold leadership, tenacity of purpose, flying skill and conspicuous gallantry displayed by Wing Commander Man Mohan Bir Singh Talwar were largely responsible for the many successes of his squadron.

WING COMMANDER MAN MOHAN BIR SINGH TALWAR
WING COMMANDER ALLAN ALBERT D’COSTA
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Award
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1972
Service No.
4580
Service Particulars of Awardee
GP CAPT AA D’COSTA MVC VM (4580) F(P) (Retd)
Father's Name
Shri AV D’Costa
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Mumbai (Maharashtra)

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WING COMMANDER ALLAN ALBERT D’COSTA  (4580) F(P)

(Effective date of award – 4th December 1971)

Wing Commander Allan Albert D’Costa, the Commanding Officer of fighter Bomber squadron, had brought his squadron up to the highest pitch of operational preparedness.  During the operations, the officer led no fewer than 15 missions deep into enemy territory against heavily defended targets, thus setting a fine example to his pilots.  On 4th December, 1971, Wing Commander D’Costa was first to strike at the enemy’s RISALWALA airfield. On the next day, Wing Commander D’Costa led a mission to CHISTIAN MANDI, and destroyed three tanks. On 6th December, 1971, Wing Commander D’Costa led an attack on a concentration of tanks at Dera Baba Nanak, notwithstanding intense anti-aircraft fire. On 7th December 1971, Wing Commander D’Costa carried out a low level photographic reconnaissance mission, in the SULEMANKE area and followed this up by leading an attack on the same day, on the railway station at Narowal, where he personally destroyed and damaged many railway wagons, as well as some installations. From 8th to 12th December, 1971, he flew a number of reconnaissance missions, bringing back a large volume of intelligence based on which air and ground operations were conducted. Thereafter, upto the end of the fighting, Wing Commander D’Costa led missions mainly against Railway targets, including the marshalling yards at RAIWIND, the KASUR-LAHORE railway track, destroying a large number of wagons and causing devastation at each target. All these missions were flown in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, and in some cases against Pakistani air opposition.

Throughout the operations, Wing Commander Allan Albert D’Costa displayed conspicuous gallantry, determination, leadership and professional skill.

WING COMMANDER ALLAN ALBERT D’COSTA

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