Ramesh Sakharam Benegal

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Air Commodore
Ramesh Sakharam Benegal
Born 9 October 1926
Died April 2003

 Azad Hind

Service/branch  Indian Air Force
Years of service
  • ca. 1944–1945
  • 25 January 1952 –
  • 8 October 1977
Rank Air Commodore
Commands held No. 106 Squadron
Awards Mahavir Chakra, AVSM

Air Commodre Ramesh Sakharam Benegal MVC AVSM (9 October 1926 – 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, 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 Air Force in 1952 and saw action in both the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pakistan War. For his services in 1971, Benegal was awarded the Ati Vishist Seva Medal and the Mahavir Chakra.


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