Colonel Atma Singh Hansra, Vr.C, Indian Army

Colonel Atma Singh Hansra, Vr.C

On 5th December 1971, the enemy attacked the Longewala area in the Rajasthan Sector in overwhelming strength with armour and infantry. During the battle which lasted upto 11th December, Major Atma Singh Hansra of an Air Observation Post flight, unmindful of the enemy fire, was continuously in the air spotting enemy moves and concentration of troops and armour and directing own armour and artillery fire against them.

He also brought back valuable information. During one of the flights he had to forceland. With the assistance of own troops, he brought the aircraft to a safe area, got it repaired and was on vigilance missions again.

Throughout, Major Atma Singh Hansra displayed gallantry, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.