The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, led a four aircraft, MiG-21 ‘Missing Man’ formation flypast on 27 May 2017, at AF Station Bathinda, to honour the valour and supreme sacrifice of Kargil martyrs.
The ‘Missing Man’ flypast is an aerial salute accorded to honour the ‘fallen comrades-in-arms’. The Arrow Formation of MiG-21 Bison, with a gap between two aircraft in the formation depicted the ‘Missing Man’.
Later, in a simple ceremony, the Air Chief laid a wreath at the Memorial to honour the martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.
On this day in 1999, Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja VrC (Posthumous) attained martyrdom during Kargil conflict. He was at that time the Flight Commander of the Squadron.
Mrs. Alka Ahuja wife of Late Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja, VrC (Posthumous) was also present and the CAS presented her a plaque of ‘missing man’ formation.
During his visit, the CAS also reviewed security and operational preparedness of the base. He complimented the personnel of the base for their combat readiness, and urged them to ‘learn from the past, practise in the present & Win in the Future’.
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