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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: AVM Aditya Vikram Pethia, VrC (retd)

Gazette Notification: 37 Pres 73,16-6-73
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 05 Dec 1971

During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971, Flight Lieutenant Aditya Vikram Pethia served with a fighter bomber squadron in the Western Sector. On 5 December, he was detailed as a leader of tactical reconnaissance mission over Chistian Mandi to seek and destroy enemy armoured vehicles. He spotted a train transporting about 15 tanks. Despite heavy enemy ground fire, he made two attacks on the train and destroyed two tanks. Unmindful of his personal safety he made another attack to silence an enemy anti-aircraft gun. However, in this attack his aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire and crashed.

Flight Lieutenant Pethia displayed gallantry and devotion to duty of a high order.

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