Sqn Ldr Mahabir Prasad Premi, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Sqn Ldr Mahabir Prasad Premi, Vr.C

During the India-Pakistan war in December 1971, Flt Lt Mahabir Prasad Premi was commanding a helicopter detachment in the Rajasthan Sector.

On 6th December, while engaged in casualty evacuation, he discovered an unexploded bomb near his helicopter. Realising that if the bomb exploded, the helicopter would be damaged, he decided to take off. After he had started up the helicopter, an air raid alert was given over the airfield.

Inspite of it he took off and landed the helicopter in a safer area. Immediately after this the bomb exploded, but by his timely action the helicopter was saved. On 11th December, he evacuated two casualties from an area which was under enemy air attack.

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