Flt Lt(Retd) Surinder Singh Malhotra, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Flt Lt(Retd) Surinder Singh Malhotra, Vr.C

During the operations against Pakistan, on 12th December 1971, Flt Lt Surinder Singh Malhotra was detailed to carry out a photo reconnaissance mission over Risalwala airfield deep inside enemy territory.

He noticed two enemy Mig-19's over the airfield. He skilfully manoeuvred his aircraft and positioned himself behind the Mig. As soon as the enemy aircraft came within firing range, he opened fire and saw the enemy aircraft emitting smoke and going down.

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