Service No : 958410B

Date of Birth : 17 Jan 1993

Place of Birth : Mathura, (UP)

Service : Air Force

Last Rank : Corporal

Unit : 154 HU AF

Date of Martyrdom : 27 Feb 2019

Corporal Pankaj Kumar

Cpl Pankaj Kumar hailed from Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh and was born on 17 Jan 1993. Son of an army veteran Subedar Naubat Singh and Smt Rekha Singh. Cpl Pankaj Kumar had a younger brother Ajay Singh. Being from a military backround, he grew up in various army cantonments and studied from different schools in Bareilly, Ahemadnagar and Mathura.  After completing his school education he joined the Indian Air Force on 27th Mar 2012. After completing his initial training in Belgaum he moved to Air Force  station Tambaram near Chennai for his further technical training in MI-17 V5 Helicopters.


Cpl Pankaj Kumar got posted to Air Force Station Jamnagar in Gujarat as his first assignment. During this period he got married to Miss Megha Choudhary from Bulundshahar on 14th Dec 2015. The couple was blessed with a son Rudransh on 23rd Sep 2017. Later Cpl Pankaj Kumar got posted to the Air Force base at Srinagar operating MI -17 Helicopters.


MI-17 Air Crash: 27 Feb 2019


During Feb 2019, Cpl Pankaj Kumar’s unit 154 HU AF, based at Srinagar was operating MI-17 V5 Helicopters. Cpl Pankaj Kumar had joined back the unit on 3rd Feb 2019 after his leave. Cpl Pankaj Kumar’s unit was responsible to undertake air transport and logistics operations in support of the Army as well as IAF operations in J & K. On 27 Feb 2019, Cpl Pankaj Kumar along with other crew members  Cpl Deepak Pandey, Cpl Vishal Kumar Pandey, Sgt Vikrant Sehrawat, and the two pilots, Sqn Ldr Sidharth Vashisht & Sqn Ldr Ninad Mandavgane were tasked for an operational mission. The crew after having gone through their preparatory checks got ready to take off as per the operational plan.


The aircraft took off as planned at 1000 hrs but soon after flying for nearly 10 minutes crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam district about 10 km from the Srinagar International Airport. The helicopter broke into pieces and caught fire which made it impossible to save the crew members. All six valiant air warriors could not survive and laid down their lives in the service of the nation. Cpl Pankaj Kumar was a valiant and highly competent air warrior who displayed grit, commitment and devotion to duty during every operational mission assigned to him.


Cpl Pankaj Kumar is survived by his father Sub Naubat Singh (retd), mother Smt Rekha Singh, wife Smt Megha, son Rudransh, and younger brother Ajay Kumar.

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  • Hariom Choudhary

    2019at5:29 pm Reply

    जय हिन्द जय हिंद की सेना

  • Deepak kumar

    2019at5:59 pm Reply

    A salute to my best friend , we all are miss you ever , you and your family contribution for the country is very big.

  • Balbhadra singh

    2019at8:07 pm Reply

    Miss u brother…..

  • Rishi

    2019at8:12 pm Reply

    Pankaj bahiya app ajj bhi hamre team ka hisaa ho.. App sb ke dil me bas td ho apne hamre club ka nam or bhi roshan krdiya h.. Luv from yfc❤️❤️❤️

  • Ravindra p singh

    2019at8:25 pm Reply

    A true hero..a son a father a husband and a brother and of all a friend…laid his life for the nation..we are indeed in your debt…you will forever life in our hearts and will always be remembered…. Thank you for your services to the nation friend…we owe you big time…rip

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