Sqn Ldr Ashok Prataprao Shinde, Indian Airforce

Sqn Ldr Ashok Prataprao Shinde, Vr.C

During the Indo-Pak war in December 1971, Sqn Ldr Ashok Prataprao Shinde led a number of ground attack missions in support of our troops. On two occasions, he was responsible for blunting the advance of enemy armour in the Chhamb-Jaurian Sector. With utter disregard for his personal safety, he led his formation in a determined attack knocking out seven enemy tanks and 27 vehicles despite heavy anti-aircraft fire. This action had a decisive effect and relieved enemy pressure on our ground forces in this sector.

Throughout the operations, he displayed gallantry, determination and leadership of a high order.