Sqn Ldr Charanjit Singh Sandhu , Indian Airforce

Sqn Ldr Charanjit Singh Sandhu, Vr.C


During the Indo-Pak war in December 1971, Sqn Ldr Charanjit Singh Sandhu was in command of a helicopter unit. On 7th December, he personally led a special heliborne operation deep behind the enemy positions in the Eastern Sector. During the first mission, his force came under enemy fire but he successfully carried out the landing of his force. The same night, he flew an additional five similar missions. During the operations, he led a total of 34 such hazardous missions.

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