Service No: 9750 F(P)

Service: Air Force

Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant

UNIT: 101 Sqn, AF

Operation : Op Cactus Lily

Date of Martyrdom : Dec 04, 1971

Flt Lt Jayant Rishi

Flt Lt Jayant Rishi after his military training in NDA was selected for the Air Force and was commissioned into the Indian Air Force on 16 Oct 1965. Flt Lt Jayant Rishi after his initial pilot training was posted to various Air Force bases and gained experience in flying different types of aircraft. By 1971, Flt Lt Jayant Rishi had already completed 06 years of service in the Air Force and  evolved into a competent and ace pilot having expertise in various types of air operations. During 1971, he was serving with  101 Sqn  operating fighter bomber SU-7 aircraft.


Indo- Pak War – Air Operations : 04 Dec 1971


When the war with Pakistan broke out on 03 Dec 1971, IAF launched numerous counter air operations against enemy targets commencing 04 Dec 1971. Besides undertaking deep penetrations strikes inside enemy territory , IAF also launched various air support operations in support of our ground forces. The air support operations invariably were attacks against enemy tanks, artillery positions and other ground based weapons and systems in support of our ground forces. On 04 Dec 1971, Flt Lt Jayant Rishi was tasked for such an air support operation on western border.


Flt Lt Jayant Rishi’s Sqn was operating from the Air Force base at Adampur during the 1971 operations. On 04 Dec 1971, Flt Lt Jayant Rishi after his operational flying briefing got into the aircraft and taxied towards the main runway for take off. However the aircraft while speeding up on the runway for final take off had a Tyre burst and veered off the runway. Since the aircraft was going for an operational attack mission it was loaded with weapons and ammunition. As the aircraft veered off the runway , the impact caused the ammunition to explode , damaging the aircraft severely and wounding the pilot very badly.  Flt Lt Jayant Rishi later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. An ace pilot and a dedicated soldier was lost in the line of his duty . 


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