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Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon

Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon

Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon

Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon

Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon

Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon

Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon

Date of Birth 17 July 1943, Ludhiana
Died 14 December 1971, Srinagar
Award Param Vir Chakra
Battles and wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Unit No. 18 Squadron IAF

Flying Office Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon was born on 17th July 1945 at Rurka Isewal Village in Ludhiana district of Punjab. He was the son of Warrant Officer Hon. Flight Lieutenant Trilok Singh Sekhon. Like any normal Sikh child, he was raised with great virtues of bravery and gallantry which later on in his life helped him to achieve milestones. He was commissioned into the Indian Air Force on June 4, 1967, as a Flying Officer and was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, the highest Indian military decoration, in recognition of his lone defense of Srinagar Base against a PAF raid during the famous 1971, Indo-Pak war.

A lone worrier who fought against the 6 enemy air-crafts is till now the only officer from Indian Air Force who was awarded Param Vir Chakra. He was a pilot of a Gnat detachment based at Srinagar for the air defense of valley against the Pakistani air attacks. Their airfield was attacked by a wave of six PAF-86 jets on 14th December 1971 and at that time, only available pilot at Srinagar Base was Nirmal Jit Singh. First, he engaged two attacking sabres in the air battle and secured a direct hit on one Sabre and set another ablaze but at this point of time four more Pakistani Sabres came on the scene and surrounded his aircraft and he was outnumbered.

Eventually, his aircraft was hit and he was killed. His aircraft fall into the mountains and his body could not found. But flying officer had achieved his objective as he made sure to give enough time to his fellow officers to get ready in the meantime and destroy remaining enemies. The Pakistani aircraft fled from the scene of battle, and thus the attack on Srinagar airfield and its surrounding area is avoided.

This bravery and determination of Sekhon had earned him the highest wartime gallantry medal Param Vir Chakra and till now he is the only officer from Indian Air Force to be awarded this highest gallantry award. His skill was later on praised in an article by Salim Baig Mirza, the Pakistani pilot who shot him down. The sublime heroism, supreme gallantry, great determination displayed by the flying officer Nirma Jit Singh is unparalleled and set new heights in Air Force tradition.

 

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