Sqn Ldr Balchandra Chengapa Karumbaya, Vr.C, Indian Airforce

Sqn Ldr Balchandra Chengapa Karumbaya, Vr.C

During the India-Pakistan war in December 1971, Fg Off Balchandra Chengapa Karumbaya was serving with a fighter bomber squadron.

He carried out two counter air day operation missions to enemy airfields and destroyed a heavy transport aircraft on the ground and also caused extensive damage to permanent airfield installations in the face of heavy ground fire.

In this action, Fg Off Karumbaya displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.