Air Vice Marshal(Retd) Vivian Parker VM, Indian Airforce

Air Vice Marshal(Retd) Cecil Vivian Parker, MVC, VM


During the Indo-Pak war in December 1971, Wg Cdr Parker, as Officer Commanding of a Fighter Bomber Squadron, led many deep penetration missions into enemy territory attacking strongly defended targets.

While returning from one such mission, when attacked by enemy Sabre aircraft, he shot down one Sabre and heavily damaged another. In another mission, Wg Cdr Parker attacked the enemy oil refinery at Attock in the face of intense anti-aircraft and small arms fire and caused serious damage to it.

Throughout the operations, Wg Cdr Parker displayed conspicuous gallantry and outstanding leadership.