Awards for the year 1960


A total of 3 Awards are listed.
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) : 3 |
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Krishna Noel Natarajan 4724 GD(P)Unit : No.12 Squadron  Award Date 29 Apr 60 Announced 15 Aug 60
Details :

On the 29th April 1960 Flight Lieutenant K.N. Natarjan displayed presence of mind, devotion to duty and airmanship of a high order when the aircraft under his command which was in flight over most difficult mountainous terrain experienced complete loss of power in one engine. He manipulated the aircraft with cool courage and skill, made a successful singleengine landing and saved the crew and the aircraft. His courage and airmanship were a source of inspiration to his comrades.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 20th August 1960 - No.47-Pres/60 dated 15th August 1960 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Fg Offr Sunil Kumar Chopra 5124 GD(P)Unit : No.43 Squadron  Award Date 29 Oct 59 Announced 15 Aug 60
Details :

On the 29th October 1959, Flying Officer Chopra displayed great presence of mind in skillfully maneuvering a Dakota aircraft of which one engine had to be feathered when in flight over most difficult mountain terrain. Although the aircraft was continuously losing height he managed to land it safely and thus saved the crew and the aircraft from certain disaster. His courage and skill when faced with a dangerous situation were in the best traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 20th August 1960 - No.47-Pres/60 dated 15th August 1960 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sgt Ashutosh Ghosh 38719 ORUnit : 1 Med Para Flt  Award Date 29 Aug 59 Announced 15 Aug 60
Details :

On the 29th August 1959, Sergeant Ghosh volunteered to be dropped at great personal risk into a very small and dangerous dropping zone in a remote area in the midst of thick jungle where there were unpredictable crosscurrents of wind. His action fulfilled pressing operational necessity. The courage and skill shown by him in the face of such hazards were in the best traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 20th August 1960 - No.47-Pres/60 dated 15th August 1960 

The Awards Database presented here was made possible by the kind generosity of Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, author of Courage & Devotion to Duty : A Chronicle of IAF's Honours and Awards (1932-2008). Air Marshal Bharat Kumar had very graciously given permission to reproduce the citations from the book on this website.
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