Service No : 775180-S

Place of birth : Amethi Dist (UP)

Last Rank : Junior Warrant Officer

Unit : 157 HU AF

Arm/Regt : Indian Air Force

Awards : Vayu Sena Medal

Martyrdom : June 25, 2013

JWO Akhilesh Kumar Singh VM

Junior Warrant Officer Akhilesh Kumar Singh hailed from Amethi district in Uttar Pradesh. He was recruited into the Indian Air Force as an airman and got trained in the technical stream. He later got trained as a Flight Engineer and got posted to a front-line helicopter squadron. During 2013, JWO Akhilesh Kumar Singh was functioning as a Flight Engineer in 157 HU, operating Mi-17 helicopters.
 
Mi-17 Helicopter Crash: 25 June 2013
 
On 25 June 2013, JWO Akhilesh Kumar Singh along with the captain and Crew of the Mi-17 helicopter was tasked to move essential supplies and National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams to Kedarnath, located at an elevation of over 11000 feet and rescue stranded pilgrims from Kedarnath during the return sorties. Inclement weather, frequently drifting clouds and poor light conditions prevalent in the unforgiving terrain of the narrow valley led to frequent delays in the operations and this made their task extremely demanding. Realizing the gravity of their task and the criticality of the evacuation of some of the stranded pilgrims, JWO Akhilesh Kumar Singh and his crew volunteered for the critical mission and got airborne in the first available window of opportunity to position his helicopter at Guptakashi. 
 
During the return leg from Kedarnath to Guptakashi, the aircraft impacted on the steep slopes of the valley and crashed. The weather was so bad at that time that it took a long time for rescue teams to reach the crash site. On that day the helicopter carried out three sorties which were undertaken under deteriorating weather conditions. During these three sorties, they successfully saved 80 precious lives. For this act of conspicuous courage, professional competence and successful execution of a risky mission to save precious lives in hostile weather conditions. Besides JWO Akhilesh Kumar Singh, the other martyred brave hearts during the operation included Wg Cdr Darryl Castelino, Flt Lt K Praveen, Flt Lt Tapan Kapoor, and Sgt Sudhakar Yadav.
 
JWO Akhilesh Kumar Singh was posthumously awarded the “Vayu Sena Medal“. JWO Akhilesh Kumar Singh, who laid down his life for his country during the Uttarakhand flood relief operations, was a dedicated professional and committed air warrior. The nation will ever remain grateful for his selfless service and supreme sacrifice.
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18 Comments
  • WO DP Daityari (Retd )

    2023at11:33 am Reply

    Felling sad as a brilliant career ended up so soon. We are proud of him. Saluting the martyr.

  • Ex. Sergeant Narayan Dey.

    2023at11:33 am Reply

    God will bless and protect the family of our Nobel Veteran.

  • Nagarajan M

    2023at11:34 am Reply

    We shall remember you ever

  • Rk Sharma

    2023at11:34 am Reply

    Grand salute..….

  • Nagarajan M

    2023at11:35 am Reply

    God bless the family of our beloved proud veteran.

  • Vet JWO Neelakantan

    2023at11:36 am Reply

    In reply to Aditi singh.
    My salute to your father and my appreciation and respect for your noble thoughts. God bless you.

  • Aditi singh

    2023at11:36 am Reply

    He was my father. I was just checking what the website has but I am just sooo proud of my dad that he did such a great job I love him. This father’s Day I was genuinely missing him but there is nothing one can do about it . But I am glad he saved others who can happily celebrate with there fathers☺️

  • Ankit Kumar Singh

    2023at10:09 pm Reply

    He was my elder brother. I always miss him sometimes many things,words and person reminds me of him. Truly he was very disciplined,hardworking and cooperative person.
    Recently when I visited National War memorial in Delhi where I found his name inscribed on the wall of National memorial.
    This makes me so proud of him that I can’t explain in few words.
    Salute to you dadda. You will always remain alive in our hearts and memories.

    Jai Hind

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