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Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon

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Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon

Born: 17 July 1943

Died: 14 December 1971

  • He was an officer of the Indian Air Force.
  • He was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest military decoration during wartime, in recognition of his lone defense of Srinagar Air Base against a PAF air raid during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
  • He is the only member of the Indian Air Force to be so honored.
  • During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, he was serving with the No.18 Squadron, “The Flying Bullets” of IAF, flying the Folland Gnat fighter aircraft based at Srinagar.
  • On 14 December 1971, Srinagar airfield was attacked by six Pakistan Air Force F-86 jets of 26 Sqn from PAF base Peshawar.
  • A detailed story of his effort has been mentioned in a fairly detailed account by Air Cdre Kaiser Tufail.
  • His skill was later also praised in an article by Salim Baig Mirza, the pilot who shot him down.
  • The bravery, flying skill and determination displayed by Flying Officer Sekhon, against odds of 1:6, earned him India’s highest wartime medal for gallantry, the Param Vir Chakra.
  • A detailed story of his effort has been mentioned in a fairly detailed account by Air Cdre Kaiser Tufail.
  • His skill was later also praised in an article by Salim Baig Mirza, the pilot who shot him down.
  • The bravery, flying skill and determination displayed by Flying Officer Sekhon, against odds of 1:6, earned him India’s highest wartime medal for gallantry, the Param Vir Chakra.

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