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LAC Sitacendra PURKAYASTA (IND/14825) of the RIAF


Awards for Sitacendra PURKAYASTA IND/14825

DateAwardRankName (Number)UnitRibbon
1945-04-24BEM(M)LACSitacendra PURKAYASTA (IND/14825)8 Sqdn IAF
In October, 1944, an aircraft, with overload petrol tank, developed an internal glycol leak whilst taking off from an R.A.F. Station, and crashed near the end of the runway, immediately bursting into flames. Leading Aircraftman Purkayasta, who was working In the M.T. yard, saw the aircraft crash and, taking the nearest vehicle, drove to the scene of the accident. He was the. first person to arrive and found the aircraft enveloped in flames with the pilot, whose clothing and .parachute were on fire, lying half out of the cockpit in an unconscious condition. Disregarding the flames, this airman endeavoured to drag the pilot clear but found that he was held by his tangled harness. Leading Aircraftman Purkayasta was then obliged to retire before the intense heat. He secured a knife from a native labourer who had arrived on the scene' and with this he returned to the rescue. He cut the retaining straps of the "equipment, dragged the pilot clear- and proceeded to extinguish his.-burning clothing. Unfortunately the pilot died on the . way to hospital. Leading Aircraftman Purkayasta displayed great galllantry and complete disregard for his own safety

Note: The aircraft involved in this accident was Spitfire LV738 at Samungli on 17 Oct 1944. The Pilot was WO W F Stroud (1334221) London Gazette No. 37054, Dated 1945-04-24


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