Sqn Ldr Chitranjan Mehta, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Sqn Ldr Chitranjan Mehta, Vr.C


On 14th September 1965, Sqn Ldr Chitranjan Mehta took off to attack enemy installations at Bhagtanwala at night. Half way to the target, all his navigation aids failed. Visibility was less than one mile and navigating visually with great difficulty and skilfully avoiding anti-aircraft fire, he reached the target.

Anti-aircraft guns from Sargodha airfield opened up a heavy barrage on him. To reconnoiter the airfield and to attack the targets, he had to stay over the target for at least 10 minutes. Heedless of the anti-aircraft fire and ignoring risk of being intercepted by missile carrying fighter aircraft that were patrolling a few miles away, Sqn Ldr Mehta carried out the reconnaissance successfully.

Sqn Ldr C. Mehta carried out nine successful missions penetrating deep into enemy territory fearlessly by day and by night and inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy.

Throughout the operations,Sqn Ldr Mehta displayed cool courage, determination and skill of a high order in his missions.