Service No: 5105 GD(P)
Service: Air Force
Last Rank : Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit : 1 Tigers Sqn, AF
Date of Missing : Sep 07, 1965
Flt Lt Babul Guha was the son of Dr. Prafulla Chandra Guha who was a professor in a reputed institute in Bangalore. Flt Lt Babul had nine brothers and 4 sisters. He joined Indian Air Force and was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 1st April 1956. He was married to Swapna Guha and the couple had a son Arindam Guha. He was an ace pilot of Dassault Mystere aircraft of No.1 ‘Tigers’ squadron of IAF.
Attack on Sargodha Airfield: 07 Sep 1965
At the height of 1965 war with Pakistan, the No.1 squadron which was operating Mystere aircraft from Adampur airbase, was entrusted to attack the highly fortified Sargodha airbase of Pakistan Air Force. The commanding officer of the squadron Wing Commander OP Taneja decided to launch the waves of sorties on 7th September. In their pre-dawn mission, they successfully attacked the Sargodha airfield albeit one of the pilots, Sqn Ldr AB Devayya, lost his life before shooting down a PAF’s F-104 aircraft.
Flt Lt Babul Guha was part of the two Mystere aircraft strike mission which went to Sargodha airfield in the afternoon. He and the other pilot had to face the alert PAF’s aerial as well as ground-based forces. While the aircraft flown by the other pilot was shot down by the ground forces, Flt Lt Babul got engaged in dogfight with the aircraft flown by PAF’s Flt Lt Malik. At around 1540 hours, during the dogfight Flt Lt Babul’s aircraft got shot by deadly sidewinder missile fired from adversary’s F-86 Sabre jet. Later he was declared Killed in Action (KIA).
Flt Lt Babul Guha exhibited exemplary courage and grit in the face of the enemy.
Some unconfirmed news suggests that he is alive and is one among the 54 Prisoners Of War (POW) who are kept at Pakistan’s Kot Lakhpat prison.
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