Sikh Personalities

Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon

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Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon

Paramvir Chakra is the highest medal for gallantry of Indian Military. Since 1947, Indian defense forces have participated in various campaigns all around India and world. India fought three wars with Pakistan in 1948, 1965 and in 1971., One war with china in 1962.

Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon was born on 17 July 1945 at Rurka Isewal village in Ludhiana District in the house of Sardar Trilok Singh Sekhon, a retired flight lieutenent of Indian Air Force. As any normal Sikh child, he was raised with the virtue of gallantry and sacrifice by his parents. He joined Indian Air Force as a Flying officer in 1968.

In December 1971, Pakistan attacked at 14 air fields all across North India to preempt the Indian Air Force. At this time Nirmaljit Singh was posted at the forward base in Kashmir with the squadron named Flying bullets. His plane was an obsolete Gnat. Their airfield was attacked on 14th December 1971. Only available pilote at this time at srinagar Base was Nirmal Jit Singh. Flying from Srinagar on Dec 14th, Sekhon single handedly took on all six PAF Sabres. Although eventually overwhelmed, he managed to take score confirmed hits on two of them, and damage on rest of them. Once the Pakistan Sabres ran away he managed to land his Gnat just before his death due to bullets piercing through his body. Param Vir Chakra (the nation's highest gallantry award) was posthumously awarded to Flag Officer N.J.S. Sekhon.
Salute to Khalsa Warrior Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon