Group Captain Madhavendra Banerji VM, Indian Airforce

Group Captain Madhavendra Banerji, MVC, VM

During the Indo-Pak war in December 1971, Sqn Ldr Banerji, as a senior pilot in a fighter bomber squadron, led no fewer than 14 missions within the first week of the conflict against enemy targets, most of them in support of our Army in the Chhamb battles.

During these missions, Sqn Ldr Banerji destroyed two enemy tanks and two guns. On these occasions, he was personally responsible for attacking the enemy in the face of very heavy ground fire, thus relieving pressure on our own troops.

Throughout the operations, Sqn Ldr Banerji displayed conspicuous gallantry and skill in repeatedly attacking enemy forces in the face of extremely heavy ground fire.