SQN LDR DEEPAK YADAV
KIRTI CHAKRA (Posthumous)
Award
KIRTI CHAKRA
Year of Award
1978 (Republic Day)
Service Particulars of Awardee
SQN LDR DEEPAK YADAV, KC (8991) F(P) (POSTHUMOUS)
Rank at time of Award
SQN LDR
Father's Name
Late Shri RS Yadav
Mother's Name
Smt Kiran Yadav
Domicile
Mussorie (UK)

Citation

SQUADRON LEADER DEEPAK YADAV (8991) FLYING( PILOT)

(POSTHUMOUS)

(Effective date of award : 28 Sep 76)

Squadron Leader Deepak Yadav was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1964.  He served as a Squadron pilot in an operational fighter squadron for six years.  During the Indo-Pak conflict, 1971, he flew 20 operational missions deep into enemy territory with unflagging zeal and complete disregard for personal safety.  For this he was Mentioned in Despatches.  An excellent fighter Squadron Pilot during his entire service period, he later volunteered for flight testing and made a significant contribution to test flying and the development of indigenous aircraft and systems.

On the 28th September, 1976, he was flight testing an aircraft to examine, a specific problem area which he himself had indentified on two previous flights.  During the course of this flight-test, the aircraft experienced a structural failure resulting in complete loss of control.  Squadron Leader Deepak Yadav was killed in the ensuing crash.  Squadron Leader Deepak Yadav sacrificed his life in the cause of test flying.

Squadron Leader Deepak Yadav thus displayed conspicuous courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.

SQN LDR DEEPAK YADAV