Service No: 10259 F(N)

Service: Air Force

Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant

UNIT: 5 Sqn, AF

Operation : Op Cactus Lily

Date of Martyrdom : Dec 05, 1971

Flight Lieutenant Shrikant Chandrakant Mahajan

Flight Lieutenant Shrikant Chandrakant Mahajan was serving in the 5 Squadron IAF which was involved in operation Cactus Lilly . Operation castus Lilly was a Military operation undertaken between 3-16 December 1971 by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the East Pakistan (current Banglades).


On the fateful day he was navigating  a Canberra (IF-899) plane piloted by Flt Lt Goswami which after having inflicted heavy casualties on Pakistani  Air Force on 4th and 5th of Dec1971 came under heavy AA firing by enemy and was finally shot down  over earstwhile East Pakistan(now Bangladesh). Though he was first  declared as missing in action but later was pronounced dead.


There were unconfirmed reports of him being taken as POW and lodged in Pakistan jail along with other Indian POWs.

Tribute by sister Mrs. Moti Dilip Naik ” I salute my brave brother for the supreme sacrifice and request our Indian Govt. to investigate in the matter, so that actual truth about this unsung hero is known to the entire nation.”

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  • Mrs. Moti Dilip Naik,(sister)

    2017at1:14 pm Reply

    Entire family and friends ,join together and once again fondly remember this brave-heart, who laid down his life for our country. salute to him.Jay-Hind .

  • Moti Dilip Naik

    2018at4:06 pm Reply

    Mrs. Moti Dilip Naik,{sister)- Pune , Maharashtra.
    Sir, Thanks for your fond remembrance, we once again salute this Brave-Heart, Jay-Hind.

  • Anand Ramchandra Sapre

    2021at11:55 am Reply

    Good Morning Madam,

    Initially in the year September, 1962 we were together in Jalahalli Bangalore. Later on he got the Commission as a Navigator but I never met your Brave-Heart Brother.
    Our Salute to him for his Courageous Service to the Nation. Jay Hind.

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