SQUADRON LEADER PADMANABHA GAUTAM
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Award
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1965
Service No.
4482
Service Particulars of Awardee
WG CDR P GAUTAM MVC & Bar VM (4482) GD(P) (Retd)
Father's Name
Shri Nilkanta Padmanabha
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Mumbai (MH)

Citation

SQUADRON LEADER PADMANABHA GAUTAM (4482) GD(P)

(Effective date of award – 6th September 1965)

Squadron Leader Padmanabha Gautam, Commanding Officer of a Bomber Conversion Training Unit, skillfully adapted his unit to its operational role at short notice and led it in a number of difficult and dangerous missions. He undertook six important offensive and tactical close support operations over Pakistan territory, during the period from the 6th to the 21st  September, 1965.

In complete disregard of his personal safety in the face of heavy enemy ground fire and of the risk of attack by Pakistani Sabre jets, Squadron Leader Gautam carried out his missions successfully, with courage and determination. These missions included reconnaissance deep into enemy territory and the bombing of Akwal and Gujarat airfields and enemy troop concentrations in the Gujarat and Chawinda areas.

Throughout the operations, Squadron Leader Padmanabha Gautam’s devotion to duty, professional skill and gallantry were in the finest traditions of the Indian Air Force.

SQUADRON LEADER PADMANABHA GAUTAM