Last Rank: Lt Cdr
Unit: 551 HU
Date of Martyrdom : Dec 05, 2005
Lt-Commander Harparveen “Shelley” Singh Pannu was a pilot serving in Indian Navy.
On the fateful day he strapped himself into the cockpit of his Sea Harrier fighter aircraft on the morning of December 5, 2005 at Goa’s Dabolim airfield, it was supposed to be a routine flying sortie. Pannu’s jet rolled to the end of the runway but didn’t take off. Instead, it tore through the steel wire crash barrier, broke through the perimeter wall and flew over the road before crashing on the other side in a fireball, instantaneously killing the young pilot.
Lt-Commander H S Pannu is survived by his wife Rashmi.