Service No : 695490

Date of Birth : August 15, 1965

Place of birth : Elvru Dist (AP)

Last Rank : Flight Sergeant

Unit : 152 HU

Arm/Regt : Indian Air Force

Operation : Op Vijay

Awards : Vayu Sena Medal

Martyrdom : May 28, 1999

Sergeant PVNR Prasad VM

Flight Sergeant Pilla Venkata Narayan Ravi Prasad was born on 15 August 1965 in Elvru in Andhra Pradesh. Flt Sgt Prasad joined the IAF on 18 January 1985 at the age of 20 years and underwent special training to become a Flight Gunner in 1994. A very keen and energetic flier, Flt Sgt PVNR Prasad had accumulated 1200 hours of accident/incident free flying to his credit. He was a very confident and dedicated aircrew and had taken part in various air operations during his service career.


Drass Air Operation (Kargil War): 28 May 1999


During 1999, Flt Sgt PVNR Prasad was serving with the No 152 squadron Helicopter Unit, operating Mi-17 helicopters. By May 1999, a large-scale planned infiltration by militants backed by the Pakistan army, had been detected in Uri, Batallik, and Drass sectors, and Indian Armed Forces were ordered to clear the areas of the intruders. Along with the operations by the Army, IAF also undertook air operations to meet the objective. One such operation was undertaken by 152 Squadron in the Drass sector. On May 28, Flt Sgt PVNR Prasad was flying as a flight gunner of a Mi-17 helicopter, piloted by Flt Lt Muhilan during an attack mission against ground positions strongly held by Pakistani infiltrators in the Drass sector. The enemy forces were well entrenched and were equipped with anti-aircraft guns and surface-to-air missiles to take on possible air attacks. The Mi-17 helicopter repeatedly carried out attacks in the face of fierce enemy opposition in the form of ground fire and missiles.


Unfortunately in one of the retaliatory actions by the enemy forces his helicopter got hit by the U.S made Stinger SAM(surface-to-air missile). Since the helicopter took a direct hit the damage caused was massive and the aircrew had no time to take any emergency maneuvers. The helicopter crashed and the valiant air crew comprising Sqn Ldr Rajiv Pundir, Flt Lt S Muhilan, Flt Sgt Raj Kishor Sahu, and Flt Sgt PVNR Prasad were martyred. Flt Sgt PVNR Prasad displayed exemplary courage and bravery of the highest order. While in the face of intense enemy opposition, he carried out his functions in an exemplary fashion significantly contributing to the effectiveness of the crew as a whole. Flt Sgt PVNR Prasad was a gallant air warrior and a committed soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation.


Flight Sergeant PVNR Prasad is survived by his wife Smt P Anuradha and daughter, P Hyndavi.

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  • Col Ramesh Kumar

    2023at5:29 pm Reply

    He was also awarded Vayusena Medal (Gallantry)

  • Swara Adiga (2A NewHorizon gurukul)

    2023at5:30 pm Reply

    I salute to flight Sergeant PVNR Prasad, the brave son of our mother land India. The whole country is indebted to you for your sacrifice, protecting us.

    Jai Hind

  • Vasuki Sharma

    2023at5:31 pm Reply

    Examplary and dedicated soldier.Bharat Mata will bless hin certianly.

  • Himanshu Rawat

    2023at5:31 pm Reply

    My inspiration my life


    2023at5:32 pm Reply

    An exemplary airwarrior. He sacrificed his life for the nation.

  • Aayush Kumar

    2023at5:33 pm Reply

    भावभीनी श्रद्धान्जली,शत शत नमन!!!

  • Srinivas Purna

    2023at5:33 pm Reply

    Sir, The freedom we enjoy is only because of GREAT heroes like you!

    We salute the memory of Sgt. PVNR Prasad. May his soul rest in peace! May his family live the proud lives of a martyr’s family!

    Jai Hind!!
    Srinivas & family

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