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What is Happening

A meeting of the War Decorated Trust was held on Thursday at Chandigarh. The following Trustees were present:

  • Brig Sant Singh, MVC** (in the Chair)
  • Brig NS Sandhu, MVC
  • Brig KS Chandpuri, MVC, VSM
  • Capt Reet MP Singh, VrC

Discussion centered around passing the audited accounts for the year 2012-2013 and the Scholarship Scheme of the Trust.



Mahavir Chakra (MVC)
Awardee: AVM Chandan Singh, MVC, AVSM, VrC (retd)

Gazette Notification: 20 Pres/72,12-2-72
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 07 Dec 1971

Group Captain Chandan Singh was the Officer Commanding of an Air Force Station in Assam. During the conflict with Pakistan, he was responsible for the planning and execution of the special helicopter operations to airlift two companies of troops to the Sylhet area. During the advance oft he Army towards Dacca, he planned and executed the move of nearly 3,000 troops and 40 tons of equipment and heavy guns with the extremely limited helicopter force at his disposal.

This operation entailed landing the troops and equipment very heavily defended areas by night in the face of heavy enemy fire. On the night of 7 December 1971, he alone flew eight missions deep into enemy territory to guide and inspire his pilots. Later he undertook further 18 missions in the same operation, always leading the landings at new places. On many occasions, his helicopter was hit by ground fire, but this did not deter him from further missions. The success oft his major airborne operation contributed significantly to the fall of Dacca and the capitulation oft he Pakistan armed forces in Bangladesh.

Throughout, Group Capt. Chandan Singh displayed conspicuous gallantry, organising ability, determination and professional skill.

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