SQN LDR REGINALD AZARIAH RUFUS
KIRTI CHAKRA
Award
KIRTI CHAKRA
Year of Award
1959 (Republic Day)
Service Particulars of Awardee
WG CDR RA RUFUS, KC (3319) GD(P) (Retd)
Rank at time of Award
SQN LDR
Father's Name
Shri Charles M Rufus
Mother's Name
NA

Citation

SQUADRON LEADER REGINALD AZARIAH RUFUS (3319) GD (P)

(Effective date of Award : 26th February 1957)

On 26th February 1957, the Prime Minister and his party were travelling from Mangalore to Raipur in a twin-engine I.A.F plane piloted by Sqn Ldr Rufus. About an hour and a quarter after taking off, fire and considerable vibration in the port engine were noticed.  Immediate steps were taken to put out the fire.  With one of the two engines out of action, Sqn Ldr Rufus decided to land at a disused Kutcha landing strip at Raichur 25 miles away the nearest regularly used airfield being more than 80 miles away.  By exceptionally accurate judgment and flying skill he made a perfect landing thus ensuring complete safely of the Prime Minister and his party.

Throughout this incident, Sqn Ldr Rufus handled the plane with cool courage and skill in the best tradition of Indian Air Force.

SQN LDR REGINALD AZARIAH RUFUS