Sqn Ldr Ramesh Chander Sachdeva, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Sqn Ldr Ramesh Chander Sachdeva, Vr.C

During the India-Pakistan war in December 1971, Sqn Ldr Ramesh Chander Sachdeva served with a fighter bomber squadron. On 4th December, he carried out attacks against very heavily defended targets at Chittagong and later destroyed seven trains carrying vital supplies to the Pakistani forward positions at Laksham.

He flew 15 operational sorties in six days and destroyed a number of ships, tanks, gun positions, bunkers trains and fuel tanks in the face of heavy ground fire. He landed back with serious bullet holes in the aircraft on two occassions. On 10th December, while carrying out a sortie, his engine flamed out after an attack on an enemy boat and his aircraft crashed killing him.

Throughout the operations, Sqn Ldr Sachdeva displayed gallantry, leadership, determination and flying skill of a high order.