Service No: 10871 F(P)

Date of Birth : Feb 12, 1946

Place of Birth : Ghaziabad, UP

Service: Air Force

Last Rank: Flying Officer

UNIT: 27 Sqn, AF

Operation : Op Cactus Lily

Award: Vir Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Dec 04, 1971

Flying Officer Sudhir Tyagi VrC

Fg Offr Sudhir Tyagi was the son of Shri Raghuraj Singh Tyagi & Shrimati Sushila Tyagi of village Jhadina ( Ghaziabad) on February 12 1946. Flying Officer Sudhir Tyagi had a raging passion for flying since a very early age when he filled up the National Cadet Corps examination forms. After graduating from the National Defence Academy in 1965, he joined 27 Squadron “Flaming Arrows”. During the 1971 war, Fg.Off Sudhir Tyagi was shot down over Pakistan.

 

Indo – Pak War 1971

 

On 4 December 1971, Flying Officer Sudhir Tyagi was No.2 in a two-aircraft strike mission over Murid airfield. When attacking the enemy airfield, he spotted an enemy aircraft close on the tail of the leader of the mission. He engaged the aircraft and shot it down. An enemy Mirage and two Sabres closed in on him. In the ensuing battle, in spite of being outnumbered, he fought valiantly though his aircraft was shot down. Throughout this operation, Flying Officer Tyagi displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Fg Offr Sudhir was survived by father Shri Raghuraj Singh Tyagi &  mother Shrimati Sushila .

The Citation for the Vir Chakra Awarded to him reads:- 

 

On 4 December 1971, Flying Officer Sudhir Tyagi was No.2 in a two-aircraft strike mission over Murid airfield. When attacking the enemy airfield, he spotted an enemy aircraft close on the tail of the leader of the mission. He engaged the aircraft and shot it down. An enemy Mirage and two Sabres closed in on him. In the ensuing battle, in spite of being outnumbered, he fought valiantly though his aircraft was shot down. Throughout this operation, Flying Officer Tyagi displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Flying Officer Sudhir Tyagi Memorial Cricket Tournament was started at Saharanpur. The tournament is held every December at Saharanpur. 

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5 Comments
  • Air Marshal A D Joshi PVSM VM M in D

    2017at9:43 am Reply

    My Course mate and Squadron mate . A wonderful person thorough gentleman and professional. I personally missed his presence. I was the person who took his luggage after the war to be handed over to his parents .

    • Shalaka

      2020at10:42 am

      He is alive

  • Deepak Kumar Tyagi

    2018at12:45 pm Reply

    I am the cousin of Mr.Sudhir Tyagi. We still have a hope that someday suddenly he will be released from Pakistani Jail and would be able to meet him.

    We miss you Bhai Sahib.

    Tyagi Family

  • S C Kohli

    2018at9:49 am Reply

    I was with Sudhakar Tyagi my friend working in AGCW&M perhaps on 2nd or 3rd Dec night of 1971along with Flying Officer Sudhir Tyagi who had come to see me off but was informed by Sudhakar on Phone that he flew to Pakistan but never returned and his where abouts were unknown. May God bless him.

  • Aditya Vikram

    2020at2:05 am Reply

    Its so sad to hear that this brave heart was captured in the prime of his life and till date he has spent his entire life in the prison of Pakistan. I cant even imagine what he and his family gone through.

    RIP all the brave 54 souls currently in custody of Pakistan.

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