Sqn Ldr Aditya Vikram Pethia, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Sqn Ldr Aditya Vikram Pethia, Vr.C

During the India-Pakistan war in December 1971, Flt Lt Aditya Vikram Pethia served with a fighter bomber squadron in the Western Sector. On 5th December, he was detailed as leader of a tactical reconnaissance mission over Chistian Mandi to seek and destroy enemy armoured vehicles.

He spotted a train transporting about 15 tanks. Despite heavy enemy ground fire, he made two attacks on the train and destroyed two tanks. Unmindful of his personal safety, he made another attack to silence an enemy anti-aircraft gun. However, in this attack his aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire and crashed.

Throughout, Flt Lt Pethia displayed gallantry and devotion to duty of a high order.