Sqn Ldr Arun Vasant Sathaye, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Sqn Ldr Arun Vasant Sathaye, Vr.C


On 4th December 1971, Flt Lt Arun Vasant Sathaye, a senior pilot of a fighter bomber squadron, was detailed as a member of a four aircraft strike mission over an airfield.

He carried out two successful attacks despite heavy ground fire. During his first attack, he destroyed a building. While pulling out he noticed an aircraft parked in the adjoining area. He went in for the second attack on the enemy bomber which was being refuelled. After attacking the aircraft, he saw huge flames near the aircraft and also a column of smoke going up.

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