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Wing Commander
Jag Mohan Nath
MVC
Allegiance  India
Service/branch Indian Air Force
Years of service 1948 - 1969
Rank Wing Commander
Battles/wars
Awards Maha Vir Chakra

Wing Commander Jag Mohan Nath, was an officer in the Indian Air Force. He is the first of the six officers to have been decorated with the Maha Vir Chakra, India's second highest war time military decoration, twice. He was decorated for his operations in the Sino-Indian War of 1962 and Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.[1][2]

Early life[]

Jag Mohan Nath was born in Layyah, Punjab, British India (now in Pakistan) into a family of doctors. He served in the Air Force from 1948 to 1969, before taking up a position in Air India.[1]

Military career[]

He joined the Air Force Administrative College in Coimbatore in 1948. He was first awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his role in reconnaissance missions in Aksai Chin and Tibet, before and during the 1962 war. His missions proved useful in learning about the Chinese military build-up in Aksai Chin. He flew around 30 reconnaissance missions into Pakistan during the 1965 war in an English Electric Canberra, which earned him his second Maha Vir Chakra.[1][2][3]

Controversy[]

In an interview, Wing Commander Jag Mohan Nath claimed that a mole was detected in the Indian Air Force's Western Command during the 1965 war. The mole was a group captain handling flight movements in the Western Command, though he declined to name the person as he was already dead.[4]

References[]

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