Taking to Twitter, Indian Air Force (IAF) recalled the first aerial engagement between IAF and Pakistan Air Force during the Battle of Boyra which took place on November 22, 1971. Sharing pictures of the IAF pilots involved in the aerial dogfight, Indian Air Force informed that three Pakistan Air Force sabres were claimed by the Indian Air Force as two of them crashed in the Indian terrority. The Indian Air Force also informed that 22 Squadron of the IAF was 'rechristened' as 'Sabre Slayers' as well as decorated with battle honours. Hailing Flight Lietunant MA Ganapathy, Flight Lietunant RA Massey and Flag officer D Lazarus who were awarded the Vir Chakra for their efforts in the battle of Boyra, Indian Air Force informed that Flight Lietunant KB Bagchi of the unit was awarded a Vayu Sena medal for his efforts and role in the air battle, on the occasion of Boyra Day.
#Remembering1971 #BoyraDay— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) November 22, 2020
The first aerial engagement between IAF&PAF in the buildup to 1971 war took place on 22 Nov, when IAF Gnats intercepted PAF Sabres over Boyra. In the ensuing dogfight, three PAF sabres were claimed by the IAF Gnats, with two crashing in Indian territory pic.twitter.com/1aGbsOjGAH
22 Squadron of the IAF was rechristened as #SabreSlayers and decorated with battle honours. Three of its pilots, Flt Lt RA Massey, Flt Lt MA Ganapathy & Fg Offr D Lazarus were awarded #VirChakra for their role in the air battle.— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) November 22, 2020
Photo courtesy: 22 Sqn photo album. pic.twitter.com/cEDZWw2GaR
253 SU was the controlling ADDC which operated a P30(M) radar from Air Force Station Jaffarpore. Flt Lt KB Bagchi of the unit was awarded a #VayuSenaMedal for his role in the air battle.— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) November 22, 2020
Record courtesy: History Division MoD. pic.twitter.com/cnYHQPf0lG
On November 22, during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, Pakistan Air Force and Indian Air Force engaged in an air battle after four PAF Sabres crossed into Indian airspace while providing support to the Pakistan Army units engaged in combat against the Mukti Bahini and Indian Army troops in the Battle of Garibpur. In response, two IAF Gnats and two MiG-21 moved to Kolkata Airport which was then known as Dum Dum to intercept the PAF Sabres and shot down three aircraft after which two Pakistan Air Force pilots were captured. The four IAF aircraft deployed for the mission were known as the 22 Squadron and returned back to the base unscathed. Flight Lieutenant Roy Andrew Massey, Flying Officer Donald Lazarus, Flight Lieutenant MA Ganapathy and Flight Lieutenant S Soares became the heroes of IAD in the Battle of Boyra. The detachment was commanded by Flight Lieutenant Roy Andrew Massey and Flight Lieutenant KB Bagchi was the flight controller during the aerial dogfight.