Sqn Ldr Arun Laxman Deoskar, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Sqn Ldr Arun Laxman Deoskar, Vr.C

During the India-Pakistan war in December 1971, Flt Lt Arun Laxman Deoskar was a pilot in a fighter bomber squadron. He carried out a day counter air mission on an enemy airfield deep inside enemy territory and destroyed two aircraft on the ground despite heavy enemy ground fire.

On an earlier occasion, he had attacked an enemy airfield and damaged its installations. On his way back from this mission, he was engaged by a high performance enemy aircraft. Though his aircraft was damaged, he brought it back safely to base.

Throughout the operations, Flt Lt Deoskar displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.