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Bravest of the Brave - Air Force
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Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, PVC

As a Flying Officer in the 1971 operations, this brave pilot tackled six Pakistani F-86 Sabre jets single-handedly over the Srinagar airfield. He hit one directly and set another ablaze. The "Param Vir Chakra" (India's highest gallantry award) was posthumously awarded to Flying Officer N.J.S. Sekhon.

Wing Commander Padmanabha Gautam, MVC(Bar)

As a Squadron Leader in the 1965 operations, this brave pilot flew numerous sorties deep into enemy territory, effectively bombing their airfields and troop concentrations in the face of stiff opposition. Earning a well deserved MVC for these feats, he added a Bar to it in 1971, when he effectively pounded the Mianwali Airfield and railway marshalling yards in the Montgomery-Raiwind area. He died later in a Mig-21 accident.

Wing Commander Jag Mohan Nath, MVC(Bar)

This brave pilot was awarded MVC during the 1962 operations when he displayed conspicuous gallantry and professional skill in performing numerous hazardous operational tasks in mountainous terrain under trying conditions. In the 1965 operations, commanding a canberra unit, he carried out reconnaissance sorties deep into enemy territory against formidable defences, obtaining information which enabled the IAF to effectively pound the targets during subsequent strike missions. This brave effort earned him the Bar to his MVC.