Service No : IC-8590

Date of Birth :May 06, 1935

Service: Army

Last Rank : Major

Arm/Regt : The Regiment of Artillery

Operation : Op Riddle

Award : VrC

Date of Martyrdom : Oct 20, 1974

Maj Chitoor Subramaniam Krishnan VrC

On 01 Sep 1965, when Pakistani forces launched a massive attack on the Chhamb Sector, Maj. (then Capt.) Krishnan, flew over the area to locate the enemy artillery guns. Disregarding heavy enemy fire, he engaged the enemy artillery guns and silenced them.


For his gallant and selfless actions and his leadership (as the Officer Commanding, of the Air Operations Flight in J&K Area), Maj. (then Capt.) Krishnan was awarded the Vir Chakra on 15 August 1966 (effective 01 September 1965).


Maj. Krishnan was killed in an air crash during a sortie in Jammu, on 20 October 1974, due to an engine flame-out. Even while he knew that his chopper was going to crash, aware of his imminent death, he ensured that it crashed near a rivulet, away from the populated area.


Maj. Krishnan, at that time, was the Indian Army’s only Master Green Instructor. He was also the first Vir Chakra awardee, from the State of Kerala (He was from Palakkad).

The Citation For Vir Chakra : 
On 1 September 1965, when Pakistani forces launched a massive attack in the Chhamb Sector, Captain Chitoor Subramanian Krishnan flew over the area in order to locate enemy artillery guns. Disregarding heavy enemy fire, he engaged the enemy artillery guns and ultimately silenced them. As officer commanding of the Air Operation Flight in Jammu and Kashmir, Captain Krishnan employed his flight in directing artillery fire against the infiltrators also and inflicted heavy casualties on them. He flew nearly 60 hours, of which 45 hours were on operational sorties.
Throughout, Captain Krishnan displayed courage and leadership of high order.

The government of Kerala has put up a plaque in the Palakkad Olavakod railway station, honouring him

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