Military Creed: Air Force Chief pays Tribute to Kargil Martyrs

On the occasion of 20th anniversary of the Kargil war, IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa fly the ‘missing man’ formation at Bhatinda to honour Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja whose plane was shot down during the war. The IAF Chief was commanding the 17 Squadron based in Srinagar and Squadron Leader Ahuja was his Flight Commander. He was awarded Vir Chakra posthumously for his gallantry during the Kargil conflict in 1999.The formation flying is  carried out at the Air Force Station in Bathinda, which was the home base of the 17 Squadron before it was forward located to Srinagar. The ‘missing man’ flypast is an aerial salute to honour the fallen colleagues.On May 27, 1999, Squadron Leader Ahuja was shot dead by Pakistani soldiers after he had ejected over the Batalik sector along the Line of Control, 200 km north-east of Leh in Jammu and Kashmir. He had parachuted on the ground but was tortured to death by Pakistani troops. Today, the IAF Chief flew in a helicopter formation from Sarsawa near Saharanpur to honour the IAF personnel who laid down their lives after their chopper was shot down by Pakistani Stinger missiles. Western Air Commander Air Marshal R Nambiar and 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen YK Joshi also took part in the flying effort.



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