Sqn Ldr Jai Singh Gahlawat, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Sqn Ldr Jai Singh Gahlawat, Vr.C

On 5th Decembe 1971, Fg Off Jai Singh Gahlawat carried out a strike in the Kathua sector and destroyed a bridge. On 7th December, while on a close support mission, he destroyed a number of enemy tanks. During one of his missions, his aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire but he brought it back safely.

On 9th December, he was No.2 in a two-aircraft formation when it was attacked by six enemy Mirages. He kept a good look around and gave full cover and support to his leader. Even though 12 air-to-air missiles were fired at them by the enemy aircraft, the formation safely returned to base. On 10th December, while on a close air support mission in the Chhamb sector, he attacked enemy positions and caused heavy damage.

Throughout, Fg Off Gahlawat displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.