, remembers Captain Pradip Kumar Gour on his "Birth Anniversary" today.
Born on 15 Apr 1945, Capt Gour hailed from Shimla in #HimachalPradesh and belonged to 660 Air Op Sqn of #IndianArmy. Awarded with #MahaVirChakra, Capt Gour was martyred on 14 Dec 1971, during the Indo-Pak war.
In 1971 during the time of Indo- Pak war, Capt Gour was posted to 36 Artillery Brigade operating in Shakargarh sector. As an Air Op Pilot, he was tasked to locate and direct the artillery fire on enemy positions. As per the direction, he led many missions inside the enemy territory facing small arms and artillery fire.
On 11th December 1971, eleven enemy tanks had aimed and encircled the Indian posts at Malidpur. This movement of enemy troops was noticed by Capt Gour and he immediately cautioned the troops about the direction, strength and likely aim of the enemy tank force. He manoeuvred his small unarmed plane in such a manner that all the enemy’s attempts to shoot him down failed. In the meantime, he directed artillery fire completely on the enemy tanks and as a result eight enemy tanks were knocked out and two were badly damaged.
The operation of crossing the Bein River which guards the eastern approach to Shakargarh was launched on 14th December. On that day morning, Captain Gour was airborne for three hours to locate the targets inside the enemy territory. Unfortunately, he was spotted at 1655 hrs, and enemy engaged Sabre jets on his trail ; later three enemy jets closed in on him. Despite the warning signals he continued his task while undertaking manoeuvres to evade the enemy. However, he was surrounded by the enemy jets and was finally shot down. Capt Gour displayed exceptional courage, professional competence and devotion to duty in keeping with the finest tradition of Indian Army.
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