Flt Lt Gurdev Singh Rai, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Flt Lt Gurdev Singh Rai, Vr.C


During the India-Pakistan war in December 1971, Flt Lt Gurdev Singh Rai was serving with a fighter bomber squadron in the Western Sector. On 4th December, he successfully carried out a strike mission on the Sakesar Signals unit complex.

The next day, he was detailed leader of the repeat strike mission. He exhibited conspicuous courage and determination in the face of strong enemy opposition and succeeded in damaging the radar unit to the extent that it went off the air completely. But unfortunately he could not be contacted thereafter.

Throughout, Flt Lt Rai displayed gallantry and leadership of a high order.