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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 Alfred Tyrone Cooke, VrC, VM

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

On 7 September 1965 when the 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 to 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 out manoeuvred the enemy and pressed home his attack and shot down one of the enemy aircraft which disintegrated in midair. 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 Cooke displayed great courage, leadership and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

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