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What is Happening

A meeting of the War Decorated Trust was held on Thursday at Chandigarh. The following Trustees were present:

  • Brig Sant Singh, MVC** (in the Chair)
  • Brig NS Sandhu, MVC
  • Brig KS Chandpuri, MVC, VSM
  • Capt Reet MP Singh, VrC

Discussion centered around passing the audited accounts for the year 2012-2013 and the Scholarship Scheme of the Trust.

 

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Awards

Awardee Name: Service: Medal:
Operation:
Name: Gp Capt Thirumangalath Kattil Vinayraj
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: Op Savage (Sikkim)
Date of Award: 30 Apr 1968
Gazette Notification: 37Pres/88 , 15-4-88
Citation:
Squadron Leader T.K. Vinayraj, mature and exceptional helicopter pilot with over 5000 hours of operational flying to his credit, was on the posted strength of 112 helicopter unit. He has been a part of the Indian Air Force of the Indian peacekeeping Force (IPKF) throughout the "Operation
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Name: Air Mrshl Tirlochan Singh
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1965 Riddle
Date of Award: 01 Sep 1965
Gazette Notification: 131 Pres/65, 10.5.65
Citation:
During the operations against Pakistan Flight Lieutenant Tirlochan Singh, who was deputy flight commander in an operational squadron flew 14 operational sorties. He carried out his missions with great determination and courage in the face of heavy enemy ground fire and air opposition
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Name: Gp Capt Tom Lionel Anderson (now deceased)
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1962 Leg Horn
Date of Award: 20 Oct 1962
Gazette Notification: 18 Pres/63, 26-1-63
Citation:
On 20 October 1962, after the Chinese had invaded our borders it became evident that Chushul airfield in Ladakh would be one of their main objectives. The garrison at Chushul depended mainly on air supply. In order to prevent our aircraft from
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Name: Wg Cdr Trevor Keelor
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1965 Riddle
Date of Award: 03 Sep 1965
Gazette Notification: 130 Pres/65, 5-9-65
Citation:
On 3 September 1965, on receipt of a report that a formation of Pakistani fighters was circling over our army position in the Chhamb Sector of Jammu & Kashmir, a formation of Gnat aircraft was ordered to intercept the intruders. Approaching the area, Squadron Leader Trevor Keelor, who
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Name: Air Mrshl Trilok Nath Ghadiok
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: Op Savage (Sikkim)
Date of Award: 26 Jan 1950
Gazette Notification: 2 Pres 50, 26-1-50
Citation:
Flight Lieutenant Trilok Nath Ghadiok, flight commander in a transport squadron operating in Jammu and Kashmir, carried out many supply dropping sorties to Uri and later to Tithwal under difficult flying conditions. On one of the sorties, even though his
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Name: Wg Cdr Utpal Barbara
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: Op Savage (Sikkim)
Date of Award: 26 Apr 1965
Gazette Notification: 66 Pres/65, 8-7-65
Citation:
On 26 April 1965, Flying Officer Utpal Barbara undertook a photo-reconnaissance sortie in the Biar Bet area in which the Pakistani army had mounted an attack against one of our company positions. His task was to collect evidence of the presence of
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Name: AVM Vidya Bhushan Vasisht (retd)
Award: Mahavir Chakra (MVC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 03 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 20 Pres/72,12-2-72
Citation:
Wing Commander Vidya Bhushan Vasisht, Commanding Officer of an operational squadron, led a group of heavy bombers of his squadron in two attacks on an important enemy fuel and ammunition dump at Changa Manga forest on 3 and 4 December 1971. in spite of heavy enemy ground
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Name: Gp Capt Vijay Kumar Narayan Sapre
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1987 Pawan Sri Lanka
Date of Award: 11 Oct 1987
Gazette Notification: 37Pres/88 , 15-4-88
Citation:
Wing Commander Vijay Kumar Narayan Sapre had been involved in the planning and execution of Helicopter Operations in support of the Indian Peacekeeping Force in Sri Lanka from the beginning of "Operation Pawan". He had flown extensively in the area and laid down guidelines for the
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Name: Flt Lt Vijay Kumar Wahi
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 06 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 79 Pres/72,17-6-72
Citation:
During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971, Flight Lieutenant Vijay Kumar Wahi was a pilot in a fighter bomber squadron. On 6 December he was detailed as No. 2 in an air to ground mission to the Chhamb area. The target was heavily defended by antiaircraft guns and
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Name: Wg Cdr Vinayak Bhiwaji Sawat
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1962 Leg Horn
Date of Award: 01 Jan 1962
Gazette Notification: 18 Pres/63,26-1-63
Citation:
Flight Lieutenant Vinayak Bhiwaji Sawat was employed on operational tasks, which involved flying over difficult and mountainous terrain, both by
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Name: Air Mrshl Vinod Kumar Bhatia
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1965 Riddle
Date of Award: 08 Sep 1965
Gazette Notification: 15 Pres. 66,1-1-66
Citation:
During the operations against Pakistan, Flight Lieutenant Vinod Kumar Bhatia was serving in an operational squadron in the Lahore Sector. He flew 18 operational sorties in this sector. On 8 September 1965, Flight Lieutenant Bhatia flew as
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Name: Air Mrshl Vinod Kumar Bhatia
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 01 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: -
Citation:
During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971, Squadron Leader Vinod Kumar Bhatia was a flight Commander of a fighter bomber squadron. He flew a large number of missions deep inside enemy territory and brought back useful
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Name: Wg Cdr Vinod Kumar Neb
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1965 Riddle
Date of Award: 06 Sep 1965
Gazette Notification: 131 Pres/65, 10.5.65
Citation:
On 6 September 1965, Flying Officer Vinod Kumar Neb was detailed as Number 2 in a section of two aircraft to carry out a standing patrol over Halwara airfield. Two of our aircraft were on the circuit. Suddenly four Pakistani Sabre jets sneaked in low and started attacking the airfield and
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Name: Wg Cdr Vinod Kumar Neb
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 04 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification:
Citation:
On 4 December, Flight Lieutenant Vinod Kumar Neb was No. 3 of a formation of four aircraft on a mission to strike the airfield of Karmitova in the Dacca complex. While the formation was near the target it was intercepted by three Sabres. Flight Lieutenant Neb engaged an enemy aircraft and
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Name: Air Mrshl Vinod Patney
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1965 Riddle
Date of Award: 13 Sep 1965
Gazette Notification: 15 Pres. 66,1-1-66
Citation:
During the operations against Pakistan, Flight Lieutenant Vinod Patney was serving in an operational squadron in a forward area. He flew 16 operational sorties within the short period. On 13 September 1965, he took part in a ground attack mission in the Kasur-Khem Karan Sector and
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Name: AVM Vinoy Kapila
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1965 Riddle
Date of Award: 19 Sep 1965
Gazette Notification: 133 Pres/65, 22-9-65
Citation:
On 19 September 1965, as sub-section leader in a four-Gnat aircraft formation, Flight Lieutenant Vinoy Kapila gave valuable assistance to his leader during an aerial battle against four Pakistani Sabre jet aircraft. The battle was fought at a height of less than 2,000 feet from
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Name: Gp Capt Virender Singh Pathania
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1965 Riddle
Date of Award: 04 Sep 1965
Gazette Notification: 130 Pres/65, 5-9-65
Citation:
Flight Lieutenant Virender Singh Pathania was one of the Gnat pilots who were sent to Pathankot to establish our air superiority in that region during the operations against Pakistan. He flew repeated missions seeking out Pakistani aircraft and
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Name: Air Cmde Vishnu Narain Johri
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 05 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 92 Pres/72,27-1-72
Citation:
During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971, Squadron Leader Vishnu Narain Johri was commanding a fighter bomber squadron. He was leading a tactical reconnaissance mission on 5 December when he spotted a train at Bahawalnagar
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Name: Wg Cdr Vishwanath Prakash
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: Op Savage (Sikkim)
Date of Award: 26 Jan 1988
Gazette Notification: 37Pres/88 , 15-4-88
Citation:
Flight Lieutenant Vishwanath Prakash formed a part of the Air Force helicopter team of the Indian peacekeeping Force in Sri Lanka. On the night of 11 October 1987, he was the leader of a four aircraft formation involved in a critical special heliborne operation. Despite being junior in service
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Name: Wg Cdr Vonthibettu Prabhakara
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: Op Savage (Sikkim)
Date of Award: 26 Jan 1950
Gazette Notification: 2 Pres 50, 26-1-50
Citation:
Lieutenant vonthibettu Prabhakara Hegde put up consistent efforts from the day the Kashmir operations started till the cease-fire. He was in the thick of it right through and at all times showed the greatest determination and perseverance in carrying out the arduous and difficult flights in
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Name: Air Cmde William Mac Donald Goodman (retd)
Award: Mahavir Chakra (MVC)
Operation: 1965 Riddle
Date of Award: 01 Sep 1965
Gazette Notification: 124 Pres/65,10-9-65
Citation:
From 1 to 9 September 1965, Wing Commander William MacDonald Goodman led a number of reconnaissance and ground attack missions on Pakistani tank and troop concentrations, undeterred by heavy air and ground opposition from the enemy. He was a source of inspiration to all
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Name: Flt Lt Winston Rabinder Sanjeeva Rao
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 15 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 92 Pres/72, 29-7-72
Citation:
During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971, Flight Lieutenant Winston Rabinder Sanjeeva Rao was attached to a brigade in the Rajasthan area for duties as a forward air controller in the air contact team. On 5 December, a platoon came under heavy enemy artillery, mortar
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Name: Wg Cdr Yogendra Prasad Singh
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 17 Dec 1971
Gazette Notification: 92 Pres/72, 29-7-72
Citation:
During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971 Flight Lieutenant Yogendra Prasad Singh flew with a number of night bombing sorties on a vital target deep inside enemy territory. He displayed navigational skill of a very high order in accurately navigating over difficult and
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Name: Gp Capt ZA Shah
Award: Vir Chakra (VrC)
Operation: Op Savage (Sikkim)
Date of Award: 20 Nov 1950
Gazette Notification: 14 Pres 50, 20-11-50
Citation:
As a commander of a fighter squardron, Squadron Leader ZA Shah organised the Air Force base at Srinagar. He stayed in Kashmir throughout the
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Meetings

Stats

Medals
PVC : 21
MVC : 219
VrC : 1317
Branches
Air Force : 224
Army : 1249
BSF : 13
Civillian : 3
CRPF : 1
Navy : 67

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