Service No: 5306 F(P)

Place of Birth: Delhi

Service: Air Force

Last Rank: Squadron Leader

UNIT: 14 Sqn, AF

Operation : Op Cactus Lily

Date of Martyrdom : Dec 10, 1971

Squadron Leader Ramesh Chandra Sachdeva VrC

Squadron Leader Ramesh Chander Sachdeva was born to Shri Ram Labhaya and Smt. Shivdevi Sachdeva in Delhi. He was commissioned to 14 Squadron on 23 Mar 1957.

 

Indo- Pak War 1971

 

During the conflict with Pakistan in December 1971, Squadron Leader Ramesh Chander Sachdeva served with a 14 Squadron which was operating Fighter Bomber aircraft.  On 4th December, 1971, he carried out attacks against very heavy ack-ack defended targets at Chittagong and later destroyed seven trains, carrying vital supplies to the Pakistani forward positions, at Laksham.  He flew 15 operational sorties in 6 days and destroyed a number of ships, tanks, Gun positions, bunkers, trains and fuel tanks in the face of heavy ground fire. He landed back with serious bullet holes in the aircraft on two occasions.  On 10th December 1971, while carrying out a sortie, his engine flamed out after an attack on an enemy boat and his aircraft crashed as a result of which he died. Throughout, Squadron Leader Ramesh Chander Sachdeva displayed gallantry, leadership, determination and flying skill of a high order for which he was awarded with Vir Chakra posthumously.

 

 Squadron Leader Ramesh Chander Sachdeva is survived by his parents Shri Ram Labhaya  and Smt. Shivdevi Sachdeva and his brother.

The Citation for the Vir Chakra award to him reads:-

During the conflict with Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Ramesh Chander Sachdeva served with a FighterBomber Squadron. On 4th December 1971, he carried out attacks with determination and tenacity against very heavy ack-ack defended targets at Chittagong and later destroyed seven trains, carrying vital supplies to the Pakistani forward positions, at Laksham. He flew 15 operational sorties in 6 days of the operations and destroyed a number of ships, tanks, Gun positions, bunkers, trains and fuel tanks in the face of heavy ground fire. He landed back with serious bullet holes in the aircraft on two occasions. On 10th December 1971, while carrying out a sortie, his engine flamed out after an attack on an enemy boat and his aircraft crashed as a result of which he died.

 

Throughout, Squadron Leader Ramesh Chander Sachdeva displayed gallantry, leadership, determination and flying skill of a high order.

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