Air Cmde. Kariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Air Cmde. Kariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla, Vr.C


Air Cmde. Kariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla is currently the Deputy Commandant of Air Force Academy, Dundigal.

Vir Chakra Citation

During the India-Pakistan war in December 1971, Fg. Off. Kuruvilla served with a fighter bomber squadron in the in the Western Sector.

On 4th December, he carried out a strike mission over Chander airfield and successfully attacked enemy aircraft on the ground and airfield installations. The next day he flew another strike mission over Chistian Mandi and inflicted heavy damage on a train and hit its engine despite intensive enemy anti-aircraft fire. Again on 6th December, he undertook a strike mission over the Dera Baba Nanak area and attacked enemy tank concentrations.

Throughout, Fg Off Kuruvilla displayed gallantry and devotion to duty of a high order.