Sqn Ldr Ashok Kumar Singh, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Sqn Ldr Ashok Kumar Singh, Vr.C

During the India-Pakistan war in December 1971, as a pilot in a fighter bomber squadron, Flt Lt Ashok Kumar Singh flew 15 missions deep into enemy territory in the face of heavy ground and air opposition.

On 17th December, he was ordered to undertake a photo reconnaissance mission which involved flying the aircraft at extreme range and over the target which was heavily defended. While he was over the target, his aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire resulting in leakage of fuel. Undeterred and in complete disregard for his personal safety, he completed the mission and landed safely with critical fuel state, and brought back vital information.

In this action, Flt Lt Ashok Kumar Singh displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.