Air Cmde(Retd) Ramesh Sakharam Benegal AVSM, Indian Airforce

Air Cmde(Retd) Ramesh Sakharam Benegal, MVC, AVSM

During the Indo-Pak war in December 1971, as the Officer Commanding of an operational reconnaissance squadron, Wg Cdr Benegal carried out a very large number of missions over enemy territory and obtained vital information about enemy air force and other installations.

The missions entailed flying deep into enemy territory and to heavily defended targets. The information brought back from these missions facilitated the planning of Army, Air force and Naval operations and thus directly contributed to the attrition of the Pakistan war machine. It is further to the credit of Wg Cdr Benegal that he never returned from any of these innumerable missions without having achieved his objective in full measure.

While flying repeatedly deep into enemy territory, Wg Cdr Benegal displayed conspicuous devotion to duty and professional skill of a very high order. For this he was awarded the MVC. He was also Mentioned in Dispatches.