Service No : 19534 F(P)

Date of Birth : March 20, 1968

Last Rank : Flight Lieutenant

Unit : 130 HU AF

Arm/Regt : Indian Air Force

Operation : Op Meghdoot

Awards : SC

Martyrdom : August 26, 1996

Flight Lieutenant Sandeep Jain SC

Flight Lieutenant Sandeep Jain was born on 20 Mar 1968. He was commissioned into the Indian Air Force on 11 June 1988 at the age of 20 years. He was commissioned in the flying stream of the IAF and got trained as a helicopter pilot as part of 141st Pilots' course. After completing his flying training, Flt Lt Sandeep Jain served with various flying squadrons located at different Air Force bases. 

 

By 1994, Flt Lt Sandeep Jain had put in about 6 years of service and evolved into a professionally competent helicopter pilot. He joined 130 HU AF unit on 19 Dec 1994 and by that time he had accumulated substantial experience in various air operations by Aug 1996. During the month of Aug 1996, Flt Lt Sandeep Jain was on detachment in a forward area to carry out air maintenance operations in OP Meghdoot area. During this period enemy had redeployed the forces in Southern glacier area and had established new bunkers at commanding positions directly threatening Indian Army Posts. The accessibility to the Army posts had also become extremely difficult since helicopter routes to the posts were under the enemy’s constant watch and threat. However undeterred the IAF detachment was constantly engaged in the supply missions to the AGPL(Actual Ground Position Line) on Saltoro ridge in south west of Siachen glacier. 

 

Op Meghdoot: 26 Aug 1996

 

During 1996, Flt Lt Sandeep Jain was serving with 130 HU AF based at Jammu. 130 Helicopter Unit known as "THE CONDORS" was formed on 15 February 1988 at Jammu with Wing Commander Harbans Singh Bath as its first commanding officer. The Primary role of the Unit since its inception had been of Air Support towards Op Meghdoot. However, in addition, it had been called upon to undertake varying tasks viz. SHBO, Flood and Relief & causality evacuation. During Aug 1996, the detachment of 130 HU AF was tasked to carry out the air maintenance sorties for the Army posts deployed on south west of Siachen glacier. Flt Lt Sandeep Jain as captain of the aircraft was assigned to carry out such air drop missions on 26 Aug 1996. The other crew members included Pilot Officer Vaibhav Bhagwat as co-pilot, Sgt R Murigappa as flight gunner and Sgt Krishna C Jha as flight engineer. 

 

The missions involved dropping diverse load for the posts passing through the area dominated by the enemy posts with anti aircraft batteries. Flt Lt Jain and his co-pilot Pilot Officer Vaibhav Bhagwat were completely aware of the risk involved, but they undertook the challenging task bravely and unflinchingly. Before the fateful sortie, two such missions were carried out successfully in spite of enemy’s interference. However during the third sortie after the load was dropped his helicopter was engaged by the enemy ground fire. The helicopter being flown by Flt Lt Sandeep Jain and Plt Offr Vaibhav Bhagwat took a direct hit and crashed in the icy mountains. Flt Lt Sandeep Jain, Plt Offr Vaibhav Bhagwat and other crew members Sgt R Murigappa and Sgt Krishna C Jha could not survive the crash and laid down their lives in the line of their duty. 

 

Flt Lt Sandeep Jain showed exemplary courage and dedication by undertaking the challenging task in the face of known enemy threat and extremely hostile weather conditions. Flt Lt Sandeep Jain was a valiant soldier and committed air warrior who sacrificed his life in the service of the nation. Flt Lt Sandeep Jain was given the nation’s third highest gallantry award during peacetime ” Shaurya Chakra” for his bravery and supreme sacrifice.

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4 Comments
  • ANIMESH HUMAR

    2021at8:38 pm Reply

    Salute to Lieutenant Sandeep Jain.

    *I look at his parents, no they don’t cry,*
    *Eyes filled with pride, their heads held high,*
    *They know their son died the greatest death,*
    *He fought for the nation till the latest breath!*

  • Sarita Sharma

    2021at8:39 pm Reply

    Sandèep bhaiya aka balbloo bhaiya…mona uncle aunty
    I remember bhaiya…his pencil works he used to do at khandwa and years later learnt about hid martyrdom….salute to him and love to mona….please contact…my mail Id is enclosed…regards

  • Sarita Sharma

    2021at8:39 pm Reply

    Bittoo bhaiya…

  • Sandhya vivek patki

    2021at9:00 pm Reply

    Shashahpranam

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