Service No: 3181 F(P)
Date of Birth : Mar 10, 1925
Birth Place : Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Date of Martyrdom :Nov 20, 1950
Flight Lieutenant Arthur Srihari was the son of Shri Hari Naidu, he was born on 10th March 1925, in Coimbatore ,Tamil Nadu. Flt Lt Srihari completed his schooling from Montfort Boys School in Salem and Doveton Corrie Boys High School , Madras. He was graduated from Madras Christian College. On 8th November 1943, he was commissioned in Indian Air Force.
He had the skill of attacking and ability to spot the camouflaged targets. He had always shown tenacity of purpose and precision in all his sorties. In one of the occasion he had taken quick decision to attack and destroyed the enemy Brigade Headquarters, which was controlling operations against our hard-pressed forces.
In a short period he had completed 100 successful operational sorties across a very difficult terrain in the Northern Sector. All of them were outstanding. He was martyred in the Kashmir Operations. For his determination and outstanding service, he was awarded Vir Chakra posthumously.
The Citation of Vir Chakra Awards reads him to :
The late Flt. Lt. Arthur Srihari (3181) always showed tenacity of purpose and precision in all his sorties. By his ability to make quick decisions, he had on one occasion attacked and destroyed an enemy Brigade Headquarters which was controlling operations against our hard-pressed forces.
He completed in a short period approximately 100 successful operational sorties, all of which were outstanding for the perseverance and determination in pressing home the attack on the enemy. Many long range sorties of his across a very difficult terrain in the Northern Sector were outstanding because of its navigational precision, ability to spot the camouflaged targets, and skill in attacking to destroy.
For the outstanding services rendered by him during the Kashmir Operations, the officer was posthumously awarded the Vir Chakra.
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