Wg Cdr(Retd) Keshev Chandra Aggarwal, Indian Airforce

Wg Cdr(Retd) Keshev Chandra Aggarwal, Vr.C

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Wg Cdr Keshev Chandra Aggarwal was in command of an operational fighter squadron. He led a number of operational missions against enemy armour and troop concentrations in support of our ground forces. Though faced with heavy ground fire and air opposition, he pressed home his attacks and destroyed numerous vehicles and petrol dump.

On 4th and 8th December, he undertook reconnaissance sorties in the Chor-Doronara areas and successfully located two trains carrying ammunition and destroyed them. On 6th December, he led a formation and destroyed a railway engine and fifteen wagons containing ammunition in the Chor-Doronara-Hasisar area. Again, on 9th December, he destroyed 15 wagons and damaged approximately 40 wagons at Mirpur Khas, thereby depriving the enemy of vital supplies.

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