Ramesh Sakharam Benegal

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Ramesh Sakharam Benegal
Born 9 October 1926
Died April 2003
Allegiance Flag of Azad Hind.svg Azad Hind
India India
Service/branch Tokyo Boys
 Indian Air Force
Years of service c. 1944 – 1945
25 January 1952 – 8 October 1977
Rank Air Commodore
Commands held 106 Squadron
Battles/wars Second Kashmir War, 1971 Indo-Pak War
Awards AVSM, Mahavir Chakra

Air Commodre Ramesh Sakharam Benegal AVSM, MVC (born 9 October 1926 – died April 2003) was an ex-officer of the Indian Air Force and a recipient of Maha Vir Chakra, India's second highest gallantry Award. In his youth, Air Cmde Benegal joined the Indian National Army and was chosen to join the Tokyo Boys to train as a fighter pilot. He went on to attend the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force Academy in 1944. Held as a prisoner of war after the fall of Japan, Benegal was released in 1946 and enlisted in the Indian Airforce in 1952 and saw action in both the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak War. For his services in 1971, Benegal was awarded the Ati Vishist Seva Medal and the Mahavir Chakra.

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  • Fiery Fighter - An obituary by Maj Gen S.G. Vombatkere (Retd) in Sainik Samachar[1].
  • Service Record of Air Cmde R.S. Benegal at bharat-rakshak.com [2].
  • IAF Awards for 106 Squadron at bharat-rakshak,com [3].