Flying officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon
Unsung Indian Heroes
Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon was born on 17 July 1943 in the village of Iswal Dakha in Ludhiana district of Punjab. Father Taralochan was already a Flight Lieutenant in the IAF. In such a situation, it was natural for Sekhons to inherit characteristics like army, courage and valor. Sekhon had decided to join the Indian Air Force as a father in his childhood. He completed his dream as soon as he completed schooling and on 4 June 1967 was appointed as a pilot in Sekhon Indian Air Force. Sekhon had just joined the IAF. It was only 4 years later that the 1971 India-Pakistan war broke out. This war was being fought on many fronts. Meanwhile, the Pakistani Air Force planned to attack India’s Air Force camps, under which Amritsar, Airforce stations like Pathankot and Srinagar were to be attacked. Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon was then posted in Srinagar and was heading the 18th Squadron of the Indian Air Force.
Paramveer Chakra Winner Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon
A total of 21 soldiers, from Major Somnath Sharma of the Indian Army’s Kamau Regiment to Captain Vikram Batra of the Indian Army’s Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, have been awarded Param Vir Chakra, the highest gallantry honor of the Army, but this is single and remarkable. From the 21 Indian Army (INDIAN ARMY), while the only Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon is the Paramveer Chakra winner who won the Indian Air Force. Namely, belonged to the IAF. Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, the flying officer of Squadron 18, is the only airman to receive the Paramveer Chakra honor. The Indian Navy (INDIAN NAVY) has no young men among the Paramveer Chakra winners. In such a position, the question comes that what was the adventure done by Nirmal Jit Singh in the end that the government awarded him Param Vir Chakra, the highest military honor? Not only this, why and how did this hero become anonymous even after being a Param Vir Chakra winner?
Indo-Pakistan War 1971
Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon today is the 48th sacrifice day on December 14, 2019. Although India won a grand victory in the Indo-Pakistan War 1971, forcing Pakistan to surrender on December 16, 1971, Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon was martyred two days earlier on December 14, 1971, while defending the nation and Srinagar airbase. Were. Our country remembers the victory day of 1971 Indo-Pakistan war 1971 with gallantry every year since 1971, but there are very few people in the country who know about Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, who is a member of Vijay. He was martyred two days ago. Although the Indian Air Force has missed him by tweeting. The sacrifices of Sekhon may have been confined to the pages of history today, but the Indian Air Force tweeted and remembered their flying flying officer and also paid tribute to him, Those who sacrificed their lives while protecting the Srinagar airbase of Jammu and Kashmir in the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War. The main reason for the sacrifice of Sekhon was the low number of aircraft with the Indian Air Force, while the Pakistani Air Force attacked the Srinagar airbase with a large number of aircraft.
In the morning of December 14, 1971, the Pakistani Air Force, as part of its plan, flew 6 F-86 Saber jets from Peshawar to target the Srinagar Air Force Camp in India. Pakistani Wing Commander Genghzi with his flight lieutenants Dotani, Andrabi, Mir, Baig and Yusufzai were heading towards Srinagar. Taking advantage of the fog, Pakistani aircraft entered the Indian border. Since the Pakistani Army had saber aircraft, the Indian Air Force could not get a clue as the IAF had no radar in Srinagar. However, as soon as the sources came to know, Sekhon, his senior colleague Gumman all the soldiers took the front. Gumman was trained to fly Sekhon to fighter plane. Sekhon and Gumman asked Air Traffic Control (ATC) to fly the flyer plane, However, ATC could not be connected due to lack of radio frequency. Now Sekhon and Gumman got into confusion and the duo took the fighter plane on the runway with two bombs. As Sekhon flew, he saw Pakistani aircraft flying behind him. At the same time Genghis ordered an attack on the Srinagar airbase. The aircraft at that time did not have air-to-air missiles. That is why Sekhon could not attack the Pakistani army. Even after this, he demolished two Pakistani aircraft, but was attacked by such a large number of aircraft from the Pakistani Air Force that Sekhons had to sacrifice their lives. The Sekhon aircraft collapsed at Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir and Sekhon was killed. This valor of Sekhon, where India posthumously conferred Param Vir Chakra, At the same time, retired Air-Commodore Kaiser Tufail of the Pakistani Air Force also saluted the valor of Sekhon in his book Great Air Battles of Pakistan. Sekhon sacrificed for the country at just 48 years of age. They were married only a few months ago.