Sqn Ldr Shivinder Singh Bains, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Sqn Ldr Shivinder Singh Bains, Vr.C

During the India-Pakistan war in December 1971, Flt Lt Shivinder Singh Bains, as a pilot in a fighter squadron, flew 14 operational missions in the Poonch, Uri and Kargil sectors in close support of our ground forces.

He led missions deep into enemy territory in the face of heavy enemy ground opposition. He destroyed two enemy convoys of trucks in the Haji Pir Bulge. In one of these missions in the Poonch sector, his aircraft was hit by ground fire but he brought the aircraft back to base safely.

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