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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: Gp Capt Arun Vasant Sathaye, VrC

Gazette Notification: 92 Pres/72, 29-7-72
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 04 Dec 1971

On 4 December 1971, Flight Lieutenant Arun Vasant Sathaye, a senior pilot of a fighter-bomber squadron, was detailed as a member of four aircraft strike missions over an airfield. He carried out two successful attacks despite heavy ground fire. During his first attack, he destroyed a building. While pulling out he noticed an aircraft parked in the adjoining area. He went in for the second attack on the enemy bomber, which was being refueled. After attacking the aircraft, he saw huge flames near the aircraft and also a column of smoke going up.

In this action, Flight Lieutenant Sathaye displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

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