Service No: 21540 F(P)

Date of Birth: Dec 14, 1970

Place of Birth: Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan

Service: Air Force

Last Rank : Sqn Ldr

Unit: 45 Squadron

Awards : Vayu Sena Medal

Date of Martyrdom : Aug 19, 2002

Sqn Ldr Prashant Kumar Bundela VM

Squadron Leader Prashant Kumar Bundela (31) was born on December 14,1970 in  Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan, graduated from the National Defence Academy in 1991. Squadron Leader Bundela was married with Meera and had a three-year-old daughter named Prachi.


On 11th August 1999, Sqn Ldr Bundela The Indian Air Force ace was shot down the Pakistani Atlantique reconnaissance aircraft over Sir Creek area in Gujarat and he awarded the Vayu Sena Medal for gallantry on Air Force Day Parade 2000, for his bravery in the incident,


On  4th April 2002, Bundela was flying a MiG21-bis from his squadron in Jodhpur on a routine sortie.He was highly experienced in flying over 1,200 hours, and he was flying at speeds in excess of 300 kmph. Unfortunately, Bundela’s jet crashed after his engine stalled at Supersonic speed. He had been forced to eject from the crashing jet,but he was unable to moveand he got stuck inside of the cockpit injuring his spine and he was paralyzed neck down after his MIG-21 crashed.


Sqn. Ldr. Prashant Kumar Bundela was a true warrior fought death for 4 months before finally succumbing to his injuries on 19th August 2002. Sqn. Ldr. is gone but his bravery and his fight to the finish lives on!


developed a technical snag. Bundela ejected and parachuted down but is reported to have landed on his back. He was first admitted to the military hospital in Jodhpur and has now been shifted to the speciality orthopaedic centre of the armed forces hospital in Pune. There is some debate on whether the high accident rate of the MiG21 is due to human error to be caused by the lack of an Advanced Jet Trainer or technical malfunctioning. An inquiry is still being carried out into the accident that might have put Bundela out of action. But the preliminary conclusion is that it was due to a technical failure of the aircraft.  Bundela has been flying the MiG21bis for long he has more than 1,200 hours of flying experience. In August 1999 he shot down the Pakistani Air Force Atlantique that had intruded into Indian airspace and was suspected to be taking images of the shifting waters of the strategic Sir C.


on 4th April 2002, Bundela’s jet crashed after his engine stalled at Supersonic speed.  He was forced to eject from the crashing jet. The ejection was not clean and he struck the side of the cockpit, injuring his spine.

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2 Tributes
  • Binit Singh Ahuja - Mumbai City,Maharashtra

    2018 at 11:46 pm Reply

    You are a Hero Sir

  • VasantKumar - Bangalore Urban,Karnataka

    2019 at 2:01 pm Reply

    May his soul rest in peace. We solumnly remember you Sir. It’s because of air warriors like you that we sleep comfortably in our homes with families. How much your family especially your wife has suffered your absence is something we can’t guess. Jai Hind.

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