SQN LDR NEDYAM BHASKAR MENON
KIRTI CHAKRA
Award
KIRTI CHAKRA
Year of Award
1958 (Republic Day)
Service Particulars of Awardee
WG CDR NB MENON KC (2994) F(P) (Retd)
Rank at time of Award
SQN LDR
Father's Name
Shri KMR Menon
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Trichur (Kerala)

Citation

SQUADRON LEADER NEDYAM BHASKAR MENON (2994) GD (P)

(Effective date of award – 28th Jun 1956)

On 19th June, 1956 a detachment of 3 Sikh Light Infantry while acting in “aid to civil Power” at Khonoma in Naga Hills was completely surrounded by heavily armed hostiles.  Their supplies of food and water from the loyal Nagas were cut off shortly thereafter.  An emergency request was therefore made to the nearest I.A.F Station for airdrop of water and food.  Two attempts made on the 26th and the 27th June failed due to inclement weather. On 28th June
Sqn. Ldr. Menon, the Detachment Commander, personally took up a Dakota with the requisite supplies.  In spite of bad weather and continuous heavy automatic fire on the aircraft and although the dropping zone was very narrow being only 40 yards by 15 yards, Sqn. Ldr. Menon with extraordinary courage, skill and utter disregard for his personal safety successfully dropped food and water to the garrison.  His daring feat saved the garrison and enabled it to hold on till relief came.  He repeated this performance under similar hazardous conditions on 1st July, 1956.

The action of Sqn Ldr Nedyam Bhaskar Menon was in keeping with the best traditions of the IAF.

SQN LDR NEDYAM BHASKAR MENON