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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.



Vir Chakra (VrC)
Awardee: Air Cmde Sudarshan Handa, VrC

Gazette Notification: 131 Pres/65, 10.5.65
Operation: 1965 Riddle
Date of Award: 07 Sep 1965

On 7 September 1965, a formation of four Mystere aircraft led by Squadron Leader Sudarshan Handa took off for an operational mission and flying at a height of only 50 to 100 feet above ground level penetrated into Pakistan territory. Squadron Leader Handa led the formation accurately to the objective and it went into the attack. He dropped his bombs on a bulk petrol installation and opened up with guns at three Sabre jets parked at the operational readiness platform. One of the Sabres burst into flames. He then signalled the remaining members of the formation to attack an enemy F-104 Star fighter, also on the operational readiness platform.

By this time enemy anti-aircraft guns had opened a heavy barrage against the formation. After the successful attack, Squadron Leader Handa led the formation back to base safely. All our aircraft landed with only marginal fuel. The cool courage, devotion to duty and determination displayed by Squadron Leader Sudarshan Handa throughout the operation were in the finest traditions of the Indian Air Force.

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