Group Captain Allan Albert D'Costa, Indian Airforce

Group Captain Allan Albert D'Costa, MVC

Wg Cdr A.A. D'Costa, the commanding officer of a fighter bomber squadron lead no fewer than 15 missions against enemy installations. On 4th December 1971, he was the first to strike at the enemy's Risalwala airfield. Next day, he led a mission to Chistian Mandi and destroyed three tanks.

The following day he led an attack on a concentration of tanks at Dera Baba Nanak, notwithstanding intense anti-aircraft fire. On 7th December, he carried out a low-level photographic reconnaissance mission in the Sulaimanki Area. He followed this up by leading an attack on the same day on the railway station at Narowal where he personally destroyed and damaged many railway wagons and some installations.

Thereafter he flew a number of reconnaissance missions, bringing back a large volume of intelligence and other missions against railway marshalling yards in Raiwind and the Kasur-Lahore railway track, destroying a large number of wagons and causing devastation at each target in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, and against Pakistani air opposition.

Throughout the operations, Wg Cdr D'Costa displayed conspicuous gallantry, determination, leadership and professional skill of a very high order.