FLT LT RAJ KUMAR MEHTA
KIRTI CHAKRA (Posthumous)
Award
KIRTI CHAKRA
Year of Award
1962 (Republic Day)
Service Particulars of Awardee
FLT LT RK MEHTA, KC (4102) GD(P) (POSTHUMOUS)
Rank at time of Award
FLT LT
Father's Name
Shri Sant Ram Mehta
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Chindwara (MP)

Citation

FLIGHT LIEUTENANT RAJ KUMAR MEHTA (4102) GD (P) (POSTHUMOUS)

(Effective date of award : 09th Nov 1960)

On 9th November, 1960, Flt Lt RK Mehta was detailed to fly a Gnat aircraft. While coming in to land at Palam airfield his engine flamed out due to a bird entering the intake.  Though the engine had flamed out at a low height, Flt Lt Mehta did not abandon the aircraft but proceeded to attempt a landing fully aware of the risk to his life.  He was not, however, able to make a safe landing and died instantaneously as a result of belated ejection.

Flt Lt Mehta was an experienced pilot and he was fully familiar with the Gnat aircraft.  He faced the emergency with a remarkable degree of calmness and courage and did not even spare his life in his attempt to save his valuable aircraft.  This selfless act of Flt Lt Mehta, his devotion to duty and personal courage were in the highest traditions of the Air Force.

FLT LT RAJ KUMAR MEHTA