M. A. Ganapathy

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Squadron Leader
M. A. Ganapathy
Born Kodagu
Allegiance  India
Service/branch Indian Air Force
Rank Squadron Leader
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Awards Vir Chakra ribbon bar.svg Vir Chakra

Squadron Leader Mandepanda Appachu Ganapathy was an officer of the Indian Air Force who was awarded the Vir Chakra in 1972 when as a flight lieutenant he shot down Pakistani Sabre Jets. He belonged to the 22 Squadron.[1] During the Boyra Encounter in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 (on 22 November 1971), he and another pilot and flight officer Don Lazarus flew Gnats while bringing down the Sabres near Calcutta (now Kolkata).[2] [3] They were led by Flight Lieutenant Roy Massey. Ganapathy died in service by committing suicide in the 1970s.[4]


  1. ^ "Squadron Leader Mandepanda Appachu Ganapathy". Bharat Rakshak (Indian Army). Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Three Pakistani Fighters shot down near Calcutta". The Liberation Times (Courtesy: Bharat Rakshak/ Indian Army). Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pakistani Pilots Captured". The Liberation Times (Bharat Rakshak). 22 November 1971. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  4. ^ PILLARISETTI, JAGAN. "BOYRA ENCOUNTER". Bharat Rakshak. Archived from the original on 18 November 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2014.