Flt Lt Hemant Sharat Kumar Sardesai, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Flt Lt Hemant Sharat Kumar Sardesai, Vr.C

During the India-Pakistan war in December 1971, Flt Lt Hemant Sharat Kumar Sardesai was serving with a fighter squadron in the Eastern Sector.

From 3rd to 16th December, he flew 11 sorties of an offensive nature. In one of the missions, he was responsible for locating and later directing an attack on camouflaged enemy headquarters bunkers between Rajinderganj and Mahenderganj, which resulted in the capture of the enemy headquarters and about 160 enemy personnel.

On 6th December, he was in the first bomb strike mission of the squadron over Tezgaon airfield, rendering it inoperative. On the night of 12th December, he attacked a ghost airfield at Narsingdi and followed the attack by day bombing and rendered the airfield unusable. He was also in the first formation that struck enemy troop concentrations in Dacca, which accelerated the surrender of the Pakistani forces in Bangladesh.

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