SQN LDR JM NATH (3946) MVC

SQN LDR JM NATH (3946) MVC

During the recent operations against Pakistani, Squadron Leader Jag Mohan Nath, Commanding Officer of a Canberra unit, undertook several missions over enemy territory and obtained vital information about the enemy. The missions, which were all in the nature of reconnaissance, entailed flying long distances over ememy territory and well defended airfields and installations, unescorted and during the day. Although Squadron Leader Nath was fully aware of the risks he was running on every one of the missions, he chose to undertake them himself instead of detaiing his Sqadron pilots, until he was ordered to let his colleagues do some of them.

The information he brought back from his missions was of such vital importance that without it our attacks on the ememy airfields and installations could not have been as successful and devastating as they were. In fact his missions enabled the Air Force to deliver its attacks on targets, the destruction of which was certain to hinder the war effort of Pakistan.

Squadron Leader Jag Mohan Nath displayed courage, determination and sense of duty of a very high order. 

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GENERAL DUTIES (PILOT)
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WG CDR WM GOODMAN (3571)

WG CDR WM GOODMAN (3571)

During the period from the 1st to 9th September, 1965 Wing Commander William Macdonald Goodman led a number of reconnaissance and ground attack missions on Pakistani tank and troop concentrations, undeterred by heavy air and ground opposition from the enemy. He was a source of inspiration to all ranks under his command. Under his guidance his Unit maintained a very high standard of serviceability, which contributed to a number of successful air strikes on enemy positions.

The gallantry and leadership displayed by Wing Commander William Macdonald Goodman were in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force

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MAHA VIR CHAKRA
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GENERAL DUTIES (PILOT)

WG CDR PP SINGH (3871)

WG CDR PP SINGH (3871)

Wing Commander Prem Pal Singh was Commanding Officer of an Operational Bomber Squadron which achieved a high pitch of operational preparedness with a short time. During the period from the 6th to 9th September 1965, he undertook six major offensive and tactical close support operations which included reconnaissance over the Sargodha airfield complex, Dab, Akwal and Marud airfields, marking of Peshawar airfield and bombing of Pakistani troop and armour concentrations in the various sectors. Disregarding his personal safety, in these very dangerous operations in the face of heavy enemy anti-aircraft fire, he led a number of bombing and reconnaissance missions deep into enemy territory and carried out his missions with courage determination and tenacity.

Wing Commander Prem Pal Singh displayed a high sense of duty, professional skill and gallantry in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

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MAHA VIR CHAKRA
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GENERAL DUTIES (PILOT)

SQN LDR AJJAMADA BOPAYYA DEVAYYA (4810) VM

SQUADRON LEADER AJJAMADA BOPAYYA DEVAYYA (4810) VM

Squadron Leader Ajjimada Bopayya Devayya flew in a Mystere Aircraft as a member of a strike formation that was assigned the task of attacking the heavily defended Sargodha airfield in Pakistan at 0555 hours on 7th September, 1965. All members of the mission except Squadron Leader Devayya returned safely to base. As no other details were available at that time, Squadron Leader Devayya was listed as 'Mission in Action'.

Careful research and innumerable interviews with pilots, who flew on that day, have conclusively proved that Squadron Leader Devayya had performed a pre-eminently daring act. Having accomplished a successful raid over Sargodah airfield at the appointed time, the Mystere aircraft piloted by Squadron Leader Devayya was intercepted by a Pakistani supersonic F-104 Star-Fighter. The pilot of F-104 first fired an air-to-air Sidewinder missile, which Squadron Leader Devayya successfully evaded and the missile hit the ground. However, by virtue of its faster acceleration, the F-104 rapidly closed in on the Mystere and fired a burst of its 20 mm multibarrel cannon and succedded in damaging Squadron Leader Devayya's Mystere. The F-104 went ahead of the Mystere due to its higer speed. Undaunted and with utter disregard for his personal safety, Squadron Leadder Devayya flew his damaged Mystere in pursuit after the F-104. His decision was critical because the Mystere were operating at the extremity of their range and combat with an F-104 meant significantly lowering his chances of return to base. Neither the Pakistani pilots flying skill nor the F-104 superior performance were apparently a match for Squadron Leader Devayya's determination and single-minded purpose. Maneuvering a damaged aircraft, he finally shot down the F-104. Thereafter, it is conjectured that Squadron Leader Devayya was unable to maintain control of his aircraft and was either killed in an unsuccessful low-level ejection or in a crash because of the damage that his aircraft had sustained.

Squadron Leader Ajjamada Bopayya Devayya thus performed an act of conspicuous gallantry in the face of the enemy. 

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MAHA VIR CHAKRA
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GENERAL DUTIES (PILOT)
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