Liberation of Goa 1961

In December 1961, the Republic of India undertook military action to evict the Portugese rulers out of the enclaves of Goa, Diu and Daman. This involved tri-service operations with the Army, Navy and the Air Force acting against the Portugese troops. The "war" was over in three days- resulting in the liberation of the Portugese enclaves. It also bought in a diplomatic freeze between the two nations which thawed only in 1974.

The sinking of N.R.P.Vega - a first person narrative

The episode of blowing up at sea of a Portuguese Patrol Boat laden with explosives off Diu by IAF on 18 Dec 1961. First person account of the sinking of NRP Vega during the Diu Operations in 1961. Air Marshal P M Ramachandran, PVSM AVSM SC VM narrates his story of that eventful sortie from 18th December 1961.

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Four Sorties over Goa

Sqn Ldr Ian Steele "Locky" Loughran was the commanding officer of No.37 "Black Panthers" Squadron during the liberation of Goa in December 1961. The squadron was initially raised on the Vampire NF54 (ex RAF NF10) night fighters at Palam in December 1957 under Sqn Ldr AL Bajaj. The Squadron moved to Poona in Feb 1960, where Sqn Ldr Loughran took over comand. The Black Panthers were still flying the Vampire NF.54 Night Fighters at that time and were called in to take part in the operations. Sqn Ldr Loughran has very kindly sent us two scans from his logbook pertaining to the Goa Operations.

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