Sqn Ldr Melvinder Singh Grewal, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Sqn Ldr Melvinder Singh Grewal, Vr.C


During the India-Pakistan war in December 1971, Flt Lt Melvinder Singh Grewal served with a fighter bomber squadron in the Western Sector. On 4th December, he was a member of a four aircraft strike mission over the enemy airfield at Shorkot Road.

He successfully carried out the mission, destroying one aircraft on the ground and damaged a building. The same evening he carried out another strike mission. As a member of a formation over the same airfield, he pressed home the attack despite heavy anti-aircraft fire. However, in this attack, his aircraft was hit by ground fire and crashed.

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