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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: Wg Cdr Atanu Guru, VrC (retd)

Gazette Notification: 33 Pres/90, 26-1-90
Operation: Op Savage (Sikkim)
Date of Award: 26 Jan 1988

Flight Lieutenant Atanu Guru was inducted into the air force element of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka with the very first fleet of Akbars while he was still undergoing conversion. On 26 October 1987, Flight Lieutenant Atanu Guru flew in a mission ex-Jaffna to search-and-destroy militants' vehicles operating on the Jaffna Karaitivu causeway. Five vans were located on the causeway attempting to fire towards Karaitivu. With extraordinary accuracy and calmness, he destroyed these vehicles and killed all the militants aboard these vehicles.

On 3 November 1987 Flight Lieutenant Guru flew in a close air support mission for commando battalion of the Para Regiment. The commandos were surrounded by the militants and subjected to heavy automatic fire. He engaged the militants' locations on the Para commando perimeter. These were within three hundred metres of friendly forces. The militants engaged the aircraft with automatic weapons, using tracer ammunition and scored a hit. In spite of the visible stream of ground fire, Flight Lieutenant Guru engaged the militants. His action forced the militants to retreat from their positions. The para commandos won this action solely because of the air support provided by Flight Lieutenant Guru's determined attack on militants' positions.

On 7 December 1987, Flight Lieutenant Atanu Guru flew in a search-and-destroy mission in support of one of the commando battalions of the Para Regiment in area Mulaitivu. The militants disembarked from a tractor and opened fire at the aircraft. In complete disregard for personal safety, Flight Lieutenant Guru swiftly and accurately returned fire and silenced the militants' guns. Subsequent intercepts of militant radio messages showed that the devastating fire had destroyed the tractor and killed and wounded several militants.

On 15 December 1987, while engaging a militant vehicle carrying reinforcements against a battalion of Garhwal Rifles in Mulaitivu area, the militants opened fire and the aircraft was hit on the main rotor blade. Despite this and intense militants' fire, Flight Lieutenant Guru returned fire and destroyed the van.

Flight Lieutenant Atanu Guru displayed conspicuous gallantry in a series of missions undertaken in support of IPKF ground forces.

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