Service No : 729917

Date of Birth : Nov 29, 1971

Birth place: Cuttack,Orissa

Service: Air Force

Last Rank: Sergeant

Unit : 152 HU AF

Service Years: 1989- 1999

Operation : Op Vijay (Kargil)

Date of Martyrdom : May 28, 1999

Sergeant Raj Kishore Sahu

Sgt Raj Kishore Sahu was born on 29 November 1971 in Cuttack in Orissa. Son of Mr 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 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 : 28 May 1999


During 1999, Sgt Raj Kishore Sahu  was serving with 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 Drass sector. On May 28, Sgt Raj Kishore Sahu was 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 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 manoevres. 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.


  • Union Minister of State for Coal Shri Dilip Ray donated Rs 100,000 from his personal account to the father of sergeant and flight engineer Raj Kishore Sahu.
  • Shri Ray also sanctioned funds from his Member of Parliament’s relief fund for the construction of a ‘martyr pillar’ in memory of Sgt Raj Kishore Sahu.
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  • Aayush Kumar

    2018at9:59 am Reply

    भावभीनी श्रद्धान्जली,शत शत नमन!!!

  • Amalendu Ku Singh Naik

    2018at6:49 am Reply

    bharat mata ki jai

  • Satya jit jena

    2018at9:00 pm 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.

  • Satya jit jena

    2018at9:17 pm 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।

  • Debendra Sutar

    2019at9:47 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.

  • Dillip Kumar Mohapatra

    2019at12:26 pm 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.


    2019at8:58 pm 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

  • Sarthak Agarwal

    2021at4:59 pm 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!

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