Wg Cdr Vishnu Narain Johri, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Wg Cdr Vishnu Narain Johri, Vr.C


During the India-Pakistan war in December 1971, Sqn Ldr Vishnu Narain Johri was commanding a fighter bomber squadron. He was leading a tactical reconnaissance mission on 5th December when he spotted a train at Bahawalnagar carrying tanks.

He immediately went into the attack. While attacking the train, the port wing of his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Undeterred and unmindful of his safety, he pressed home his attack and destroyed a large number of tanks. After pulling out of the attack, he found the port wing of his aircraft on fire. But with great presence of mind and skilful flying, he brought the crippled aircraft back to base safely. He also flew several other missions successfully.

Throughout, Sqn Ldr Johri displayed gallantry, leadership and professional skill of a high order.