Air Cmde(Retd) Robert Arnold Weir, Indian Airforce

Air Cmde(Retd) Robert Arnold Weir, Vr.C, VM


In April 1971, Gp. Capt. Robert Arnold Weir was awarded the Vayu Sena medal for exceptional devotion to duty.

During the Indo-Pak war in December 1971, Gp. Capt. Robert Arnold Weir was in command of an operational squadron in the Western Sector. He carried out a large number of operational missions in the Poonch area at heights of 30-50 feet above ground level, fully knowing that the aircraft was vulnerable to even small arms fire and also that escape by parachute or forced landing in the event of damage to aircraft was not possible.

Between the 8th and 11th December, he engaged and destroyed a large number of enemy gun positions in the face of heavy ground opposition. In addition, he carried out numerous other missions in support of our ground forces inflicting heavy damage on enemy positions and also undertook missions for the location of infiltrators in the area.

Throughout the operations, Group Captain Robert Arnold Weir displayed professional skill and leadership of a high order.