Service No : 729917

Date of Birth : November 29, 1971

Place of birth : Cuttack Dist (Orissa)

Last Rank : Sergeant

Unit : 152 HU

Arm/Regt : Indian Air Force

Operation : Op Vijay

Awards : Vayu Sena Medal

Martyrdom : May 28, 1999

Sergeant Raj Kishore Sahu VM

Sgt Raj Kishore Sahu was born on 29 November 1971 in Cuttack in Orissa. Son of Shri Krishna Chandra Sahu, Sgt Raj Kishore Sahu was unmarried and had no siblings. He was enrolled in the Indian Air Force on 03 August 1989 and became a Flight Engineer on 24 May 1997.  He was a very sincere and dedicated flier with a total of 360 hours of flying on MI-17 to his credit.


Sgt Raj Kishore Sahu was always enthusiastic about undertaking flying missions and was meticulous in his approach. He served in many Air Force stations all over India and was posted in both Mi-8 and Mi-17 Squadrons besides working on the technical maintenance team for MiG-27 aircraft at a forward fighter base in the eastern region.


Drass Air Operation (Kargil War) : 28 May 1999


During 1999, Sgt Raj Kishore Sahu was serving with the No 152 Squadron Helicopter Unit, operating Mi-17 helicopters. By May 1999, a large-scale planned infiltration by militants backed by the Pakistan army, had been detected in Uri, Batallik and Drass sectors and Indian Armed Forces were ordered to clear the areas of the intruders. Along with the operations by the Army, IAF also undertook air operations to meet the objective. One such operation was undertaken by 152 Squadron in the Drass sector. On May 28, Sgt Raj Kishore Sahu was flying as a Flight Engineer of a Mi-17 helicopter, piloted by Flt Lt Muhilan during an attack mission against ground positions strongly held by Pakistani infiltrators in the Drass sector. The enemy forces were well entrenched and were equipped with anti-aircraft guns and surface-to-air missiles to take on possible air attacks. The Mi-17 helicopter repeatedly carried out attacks in the face of fierce enemy opposition in the form of ground fire and missiles.


Unfortunately in one of the retaliatory actions by the enemy forces his helicopter got hit by the U.S made Stinger SAM(surface-to-air missile). Since the helicopter took a direct hit the damage caused was massive and the aircrew had no time to take any emergency maneuvers. The helicopter crashed and the valiant air crew comprising Sqn Ldr Rajiv Pundir, Flt Lt S Muhilan, Sgt Raj Kishore Sahu and Sgt PVNR Prasad were martyred. Sgt Raj Kishore Sahu displayed exemplary courage and bravery of the highest order. While in the face of intense enemy opposition, he carried out his functions in an exemplary fashion significantly contributing to the effectiveness of the crew as a whole. Sgt Raj Kishore Sahu was a valiant air warrior and a committed soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation.


Sgt Raj Kishore Sahu is survived by his father Shri Krishna Chandra Sahu.

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  • Sarthak Agarwal

    2023at11:29 am Reply

    Reading about such acts of bravery fills my heart with so much of patriotism that it overflows. Sticking to the end and not leaving your comrades behind even in such a dire situation is a skill that can be seen only in the army. I salute to the efforts displayed by the Sergeant Raj Kishore Sahu whose valiant efforts could made it possible to push the enemy back to its base. May your divine soul Rest In Peace and may God grant your father enough strength to bear this immense loss!

    Once again, I salute to your efforts to the nation! Thank you for all your services. You will always be remembered in all of our hearts.

    Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!


    2023at11:30 am Reply

    Raju you are the real hero of our country. We feel proud of you friend . I always remember those days in training centre where you used to make specifically to me to practice parade in front of our billet to get rid of mass punishment from CPL P C Diwan Sir because of my fault. You are great.
    Yours loving friend. Aska 729919

  • Dillip Kumar Mohapatra

    2023at11:31 am Reply

    Dost tujhe salam.I love you and miss you so much.You made us and every indian proud.We once joined and trained together.I remember those beautiful days lived together in same Barrack and our beds used to be next to each other.Love live Rajkishore..A friend forever Dillip Kumar Mohapatra.729925.

  • Debendra Sutar

    2023at11:31 am Reply

    Remembered in our hearts as an entry mate, and as a brave soldier. Jai Hind

    From all ATT-06/ 164 entry a grand tribute and salute to you.

  • Satya jit jena

    2023at11:32 am Reply

    ବୀର ଶହୀଦ ସାରଜେଣ୍ଟ ଶ୍ରୀ ରାଜ୍ କିଶୋର ସାହୁ ଙ୍କୁ ତାଙ୍କର ଅତୁଳନୀୟ ଅବଦାନ ପାଇଁ ତାଙ୍କୁ ଏହି ଭାରତ ବର୍ଷ କେବେ ଭୁଲି ପାରିବନି । ମୁଁ ତାଙ୍କ ଚରଣେ ମୋର ଅଷୃପୂଣଂ ଶ୍ରଦ୍ଧାଞ୍ଜଳି
    ପ୍ରଦାନ କରୁଛି।

  • Satya jit jena

    2023at11:33 am Reply

    Proud of Indian air force.
    Touch the sky with glory…
    Saheed sergeant Raj Kishore sahu you always give us inspiration .you may not forgotten from our heart.your sacrifice for our people may wrote with golden latter of our hystory.

  • Amalendu Ku Singh Naik

    2023at11:33 am Reply

    bharat mata ki jai

  • Aayush Kumar

    2023at11:34 am Reply

    भावभीनी श्रद्धान्जली,शत शत नमन!!!

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