Place of birth : Meerut, Uttar Pradesh

Last Rank : Squadron Leader

Unit : 23 Sqn AF

Arm/Regt : Indian Air Force

Martyrdom : May 21, 2021

Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary

Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary hailed from Pusar village in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh. Son of Shri Satyendra Chaudhary and Smt Satya Chaudhary, he had a sister Mudrika as his sibling. He had a strong desire to join the armed forces right from his childhood, which grew along with his age. After completing his initial schooling from Meerut, he got selected to join the prestigious Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) Dehradun. It was at this place, that the foundation of his future military career was laid. Subsequently he got selected for the NDA and joined it in the year 2010. He joined the "R" Squadron in NDA and excelled in various activities during his training period. He passed out of NDA as part of 124th course in the year 2013. 

 

Later he was commissioned into the Indian Air Force in the fighter stream from  Air Force Academy (AFA) in the year 2014. He underwent multi-phases flying training and got trained as a fighter pilot. After completing his training, he got posted to the Air Force base at Pathankot. He joined the fighter squadron at the base, operating MiG-21 Bison aircraft. After serving for few years, he got married to Ms Sonika Ujjaval on 25 Dec 2019. By 2021, he had put in around 7 years of service and had been promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader. By that time Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary had evolved into a professionally competent fighter pilot with substantial experience in various air operations. 

 

MiG-21  Aircraft Crash: 21 May 2021 

 

During May 2021, Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary was serving with 23 Sqn, known as 'Panthers" based at Air Force Station Suratgarh in Rajasthan. 23 Squadron was formed at Pune in the year 1956 with the de Havilland Vampires with Sqn Ldr Kanwar Singh as its first commanding officer. Later it was armed with Gnat aircraft in 1960s and eventually Mig-21 Bison. During peacetime training is one of the most important activities of IAF which helps it to remain prepared to take on any eventuality. A war-like situation is created in the air for the pilots to practice and remain updated. Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary too was undertaking training sorties to practice complex air operations on a regular basis. On 20 May 2021, Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary was undertaking another such sortie.

 

Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary took off from Air Force Station Suratgarh as planned for the night mission on 20 May 2021. However the aircraft developed some serous technical snag and Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary had no choice but to eject. The aircraft was seen circling over the fields in Langeana village in Moga district in Punjab before coming down. Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary  using his flying skills probably tried to manoevre the aircraft away from residential area of the village to minimize the loss of life and property. But eventually the aircraft crashed near Langeana village at around 0100 Hrs on 21 May 2021. However Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary could not survive the crash and succumbed to his injuries. His body was found 2 km away from the crash spot after an intense search of nearly four hours. His parachute was found open and an SOS was also sent from his device to IAF, but he had lost the battle of life by then. He tried to land safely using the parachute, but apparently broke his neck and spinal cord. Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary was a committed soldier and a gallant air warrior who laid  down his life in the service of the nation. 

 

Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary is survived by his by his father Shri Satyendra Chaudhary, mother Smt Satya Chaudhary, wife Smt Sonika Ujjaval and sister Mudrika.

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109 Comments
  • Prashansa Chandra

    2021at11:56 pm Reply

    No words are enough to talk about the selflessness of such brave-hearts like Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary. He is an inspiration who has taught us to keep fighting and not succumb until the end. We will always be thankful to him and his family!!!

  • Dhaval Kamboj

    2021at9:02 am Reply

    I don’t think I have enough words to express my feelings when it comes to our brave warriors. I believe sacrificing one’s life for the country is the highest form of loyalty and one of the most courageous things that you can do. I am very grateful of such brave warriors and their service to our nation.
    Jai Hind

  • Yashasvi Shyam Patil

    2021at9:28 am Reply

    A big salute to the fighter Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary and his family for the sacrifices made by them for our country. My heartfelt gratitude to all the soldiers as because of them we can sleep peacefully without any worries of our lives. Thank you for inspiring me to fight till my last breath towards any obstacles of my life and do something for the well-being of the society. May you rest in power the real hero of our lives.
    Jai Hind!

  • Aditya Kavdia

    2021at9:40 am Reply

    Thank you so much Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary for your dedication and your service towards our Nation. You’ll never be forgotten.

  • Ankita Kirti

    2021at10:08 am Reply

    Grand salute from me and my family to the martyrdom of our brave soldiers! Our prayers are with them, may their souls rest in peace. May God give your family strength to overcome this great loss god bless their families! Jai HIND Jai BHARAT

  • Foram Shah

    2021at10:27 am Reply

    Every time I come across sacrifices of brave-hearts like Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary, it fills my heart with gratitude & inspiration because of how much they’ve done done for all of us & sometimes their stories don’t even reach the light for common man to know that someone somewhere is going through heart-wrenching situations to keep our lives safe.
    HonourPoint, Thank you so much for brining this to light. More power to you!!

  • Rani Daga

    2021at10:32 am Reply

    Words cannot define the amount of bravery and courage that people like him show towards our country. It’s because of them that we can sleep peacefully at nights and move around freely because we know that there are a lot of Abhinav Chaudharys who are taking care of us by staying at borders and risking their lives. I feel very fortunate that I got the chance to know about him. Huge respect not just for him but also for his family! If you can read this Mrs. Chaudhary, there is just one thing that I want to tell you, your son not just made you feel proud but the entire Nation as well! He was and shall always be a huge loss for all of us! Even if he is not here around us physically, yet he shall always remain alive in all of our memories!

  • Akanksha Ahuja

    2021at2:50 pm Reply

    Respected Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary, thank you for your brave, undeterred service to the nation. Your never back down attitude and courage will be an inspiration to the youth of this country. Strength and love to your family. Jai Hind!

  • Muskan Khariwal

    2021at7:13 pm Reply

    Deeply saddened to hear about the loss of such a brave hero. I have no words to express the amount of gratitude that I have for such brave souls of our country. May his soul rest in peace and God give strength to his family to recover from this huge loss.

  • Richa Thakker

    2021at8:15 pm Reply

    Sqn Ldr Abhinav was a true warrior, a warrior who thinks for people’s lives before he’s taught how. He is a true soldier who didn’t give up till his last breath. Hats off to his bravery and his concern about other people. We should learn from his scarifies that living is all about good deeds. I salute to his family who supported him to reach this position and all other families who gives birth to these heroes.

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