Air Cmde(Retd) Virender Singh Pathania, Vr.C, VM, Indian Airforce

Air Cmde(Retd) Virender Singh Pathania, Vr.C, VM

During the 1965 Indo-Pak war, Flt Lt Virender Singh Pathania was one of the Gnat pliots who were sent to Pathankot to establish our air superiority in that region.

He flew repeated missions seeking out Pakistani aircraft and engaging them. On 4th September 1965, during one such mission he came up against a formation of enemy Sabre jets and immediately engaged them in battle. With great confidence and courage, he outmanoeuvred the enemy all the time, got behind one of the enemy Sabres and shot it down.

In this encounter, Flt Lt Pathania displayed cool courage and firm determination in the best traditions of the Air Force. For this he was awarded the Vir Chakra.

In April 1971, Sqn Ldr Pathania was awarded the Vayu Sena medal.