Sqn Ldr Pushpa Kumar Vaid, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Sqn Ldr Pushpa Kumar Vaid, Vr.C

During the India-Pakistan war in December 1971, Flt Lt Pushpa Kumar Vaid was serving with a helicopter unit deployed in the Eastern Sector.

On one occasion, it was decided to transport an infantry element to the sector by air. Flt Lt Vaid, knowing full well that the helicopter landing area would not be adequately lit and that he would come under heavy enemy fire on landing, volunteered to undertake this mission and successfully completed the task. Subsequently, he flew 34 more hazardous missions deep behind enemy lines.

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