Sqn Ldr Reginald Azariah Rufus , Indian Airforce

Sqn Ldr Reginald Azariah Rufus, KC

On 26 Feb 1957, Sqn Ldr Rufus noticed fire and considerable vibration in one engine of the aircraft in which the Prime Minister and his party were travelling. He decided to land at a disused kutcha landing strip at Raichur as the regular one was 80 miles away. By exceptionally accurate judgement and flying skill, he made a perfect landing thus ensuring complete safety of the Prime Minister and his party.