Service No: 10114 F(P)

Date of Birth : 17 Sep 1945

Service: Air Force

Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant

Operation : Op Cactus Lily

Award : VrC

Date of Martyrdom : 06 Dec 1971

Flt Lt Vijay Kumar Wahi VrC

Flight Lieutenant Vijay Kumar Wahi was born on September 17, 1945 in Montgomery district of former Punjab province of British India, now in Pakistan. He was the son of Major J L Wahi who was working in the Royal Indian army. He was commissioned on 13 March 1966 in IAF and was Serving in 101 Squadron of IAF. He was part of Operation Cactus Lilly. Operation cactus Lilly was a military operation undertaken between 3-16 December 1971 by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in East Pakistan (current Bangladesh).

 

Indo – Pak War 1971

 

Flight Lieutenant Vijay Kumar Wahi was a pilot in a Fighter-Bomber Squadron. On the 6th December 1971, he was detailed as number two in an Air to the Ground mission to strike the Pakistani airbase at Rafiqui. The target was heavily defended by anti-aircraft guns and enemy aircraft but the destruction of this target was of vital importance to our ground forces which were under heavy pressure. He pressed home the attacks and knocked out two enemy tanks. However, his Sukhoi-7 (B-868) failed to return from the mission of attacking ground targets in West Pakistan. He was presumably shot down by F-86 Sabres and ejected sustaining fatal injuries.

 

Flight Lieutenant Vijay Kumar Wahi made supreme sacrifice at a very young age in the line of duty.

Citation for the Vir Chakra Awarded to him reads:-

 

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Vijay Kumar Wahi was a pilot in a Fighter-Bomber Squadron. On the 6th December, 1971, he was detailed as number two in an Air to Ground mission to Chhamb area. The target was heavily defended by anti aircraft guns and enemy aircraft but the destruction of this target was of vital important to our ground forces which were under heavy pressure. He pressed home the attacks and knocked out two enemy tanks. While returning from the mission, his aircraft was hit and he ejected sustaining fatal injuries.

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2 Comments
  • DUSHYANT WAHI

    2020at11:37 pm Reply

    I’m his nephew who’s sworn to follow his footsteps and be an airforce officer, he inspired my dad to join the indian army and now inspires me to this day and I’m really proud of him and so is our family and I will become the 4th generation to follow the legacy which he has left. I never met him but I still feel that bond to this day that I belong to the family of a hero. His bravery is talked about to this day in the family and is remembered and reverred. Thankyou Indian airforce for creating this page and about our martyrs I’ll always be grateful and wish to join the great service as soon as possible!

    • Inam Rana

      2020at10:01 am

      Hi. Is it possible to contact you as I need some info about Major J L wahi. Kindly email me on
      inam99@hotmail.com
      Regards

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