Service No : 33881 F(P)

Place of birth : Meerut, Uttar Pradesh

Last Rank : Squadron Leader

Unit : 23 Sqn AF

Arm/Regt : Indian Air Force

Martyrdom : May 21, 2021

Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary

Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary hailed from Pusar village in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh. Son of Shri Satyendra Chaudhary and Smt Satya Chaudhary, he had a sister Mudrika as his sibling. He had a strong desire to join the armed forces right from his childhood, which grew along with his age. After completing his initial schooling from Meerut, he got selected to join the prestigious Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) Dehradun. It was at this place, that the foundation of his future military career was laid. Subsequently he got selected for the NDA and joined it in the year 2010. He joined the "R" Squadron in NDA and excelled in various activities during his training period. He passed out of NDA as part of 124th course in the year 2013. 


Later he was commissioned into the Indian Air Force in the fighter stream from  Air Force Academy (AFA) in the year 2014. He underwent multi-phases flying training and got trained as a fighter pilot. After completing his training, he got posted to the Air Force base at Pathankot. He joined the fighter squadron at the base, operating MiG-21 Bison aircraft. After serving for few years, he got married to Ms Sonika Ujjaval on 25 Dec 2019. By 2021, he had put in around 7 years of service and had been promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader. By that time Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary had evolved into a professionally competent fighter pilot with substantial experience in various air operations. 


MiG-21  Aircraft Crash: 21 May 2021 


During May 2021, Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary was serving with 23 Sqn, known as 'Panthers" based at Air Force Station Suratgarh in Rajasthan. 23 Squadron was formed at Pune in the year 1956 with the de Havilland Vampires with Sqn Ldr Kanwar Singh as its first commanding officer. Later it was armed with Gnat aircraft in 1960s and eventually Mig-21 Bison. During peacetime training is one of the most important activities of IAF which helps it to remain prepared to take on any eventuality. A war-like situation is created in the air for the pilots to practice and remain updated. Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary too was undertaking training sorties to practice complex air operations on a regular basis. On 20 May 2021, Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary was undertaking another such sortie.


Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary took off from Air Force Station Suratgarh as planned for the night mission on 20 May 2021. However the aircraft developed some serous technical snag and Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary had no choice but to eject. The aircraft was seen circling over the fields in Langeana village in Moga district in Punjab before coming down. Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary  using his flying skills probably tried to manoevre the aircraft away from residential area of the village to minimize the loss of life and property. But eventually the aircraft crashed near Langeana village at around 0100 Hrs on 21 May 2021. However Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary could not survive the crash and succumbed to his injuries. His body was found 2 km away from the crash spot after an intense search of nearly four hours. His parachute was found open and an SOS was also sent from his device to IAF, but he had lost the battle of life by then. He tried to land safely using the parachute, but apparently broke his neck and spinal cord. Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary was a committed soldier and a gallant air warrior who laid  down his life in the service of the nation. 


Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary is survived by his by his father Shri Satyendra Chaudhary, mother Smt Satya Chaudhary, wife Smt Sonika Ujjaval and sister Mudrika.

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  • Vartika Gupta

    2021 at 9:39 pm Reply

    Shri Satyendra Chaudhary and Smt Satya Chaudhary Ji, We are very grateful to you and your family for supporting Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary to do the extraordinary and serve the nation. We offer sincere condolences to Smt Sonika Ujjaval and Mudrika Ji. When I came across the story, It only inspires me to push my limits and give my best shot at everything I pursue. We all take inspiration from your Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary’s heroic journey. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jolly Nagaria

      2022 at 6:00 pm

      Chaudhary family,
      It’s soo heart melting to hear about your loss .. such a great warrior Abhinav sir was..
      We can definitely understand your pain being Abhinav sir’s family..

      And so i would like to share a small token of gratitude for him.. Hope this poetry can do justice for his love for the country..

      Dear Abhinav sir,

      – You are very brave and strong,
      Lots of struggle u have undergone.
      Leaving behind your own family,
      Just because India can live happily.

      – You grew from playing with paper plane,
      To..serving army in fighter plane.
      We use to look at your plane in the sky ,
      Who knew..
      With the same plane it would be your last
      goodbye ..

      – Your life is always in danger,
      Single gun shot is always a life changer.
      Never heard you complaining,
      Besides lot of pain you were still sailing.

      – Your family always waits for you,
      Seeing you fighting they proudly grew.
      Standing boldly always at the border,
      Not considering the fear of being martyr.

      – You were a porter of country,
      Your efforts are always gallantry.
      We are enjoying here the independence,
      But ,
      Yess.. it will always be on your dependence.

      – Country always needs your presence ,
      To save itself from the dangerous villians.
      You have always shown ur courage,
      Without thinking for pinch of advantage.

      – We salute you whole heartedly,
      You will always be honoured proudly.
      Thank you for everything u gave to the country ,
      Your efforts are and will always be complimentary..

      Thank you…

      – Jolly Nagaria
      (Proud citizen of India)

      More strength to satyendra Chaudhary sir and Satya Chaudhary mam.. also to mudrika and Sonika ma’am..

      Take care

  • Amujure Srilekha

    2021 at 10:13 pm Reply

    Your bravery, courage and your sincerity to defend the honor of the country is incomparable. The difficult conditions under which you serve as a shield for Mother India cannot be compared to anything else. Your courage is higher than the heights from where you defend our borders. Your arms are as strong as the mountains around you ,your will is as unmovable as the peaks around you. I, and the country, have an unbreakable barrier of trust as we know that you are there for us . And the way you and your compatriots have demonstrated your courage has shown the world what India’s strength is. To the great wombs who have borne you- MAA TUJHE SALAAM.

  • Priyanka Dahibhate

    2021 at 9:54 am Reply

    Helping the people by living everyday life is a human thing, but working selflessly for the country while facing extremely tough situations is something that only a soldier can do. He was doing the same till his last breath, tried his best to save the people from crashing the plane, and for that, he sacrificed his life, Salute to the passion of Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary.

  • Sayali Sawant

    2021 at 9:41 pm Reply

    It breaks my heart and also makes me so proud at the same time to see this level of patriotism. Our heroes sacrifice their lives in wars but their families sacrifice their everything every single day. You and your family will always be in my prayers. May god bless you.

  • SS

    2021 at 1:33 am Reply

    Who says God doesn’t incarnate on the earth in the kalyug !….God lands on the earth with the faces like that of YOU …..but yeah that true that for a very short period of time ……no matter if out of 135 crore Indians 134 crore forget you just within three four months but I can assure you that billions of my cells are now flowing with a gush in my blood as if it may anytime come out by exploding my pounding chest so as to say thank you ABBY.

  • Sarvesh Kumar Tiwari

    2021 at 8:59 am Reply

    Sir, Everyone here is so proud of your service, your supreme sacrifice will be remembered by every young man and women of this country. Salute to the passion of Sqn Ldr Abhinav Chaudhary.

  • Supriya Mishra

    2021 at 10:45 pm Reply

    May God bless you, and give you the best place.
    We will never forget your sacrifice.

  • Snehal Chandole

    2021 at 2:33 pm Reply

    Such an inspiring life journey of this brave heart. Salute to Abhinav and his family members for their sacrifice and dedication towards nation. We’ll always be grateful for their courage and his family will always remain in our prayers. Jay Hind !

  • SS

    2021 at 2:09 am Reply

    Whenever i think that life is seriously getting harder …. i just think of heroes like you and close my eyes for some minutes while thinking about you heroes …..and literally telling this always pushes me to go on and motivates me to some different extent….. and always produce some undefined kind of feeling in me …… i don’t use any kind of social media so i come here and directly talk to you heroes through my comments …… Abhinav Sir thank you

  • Jay Bhatia

    2022 at 1:02 pm Reply

    Your sacrifice will never be forgotten by us.
    May your soul rest and peace and may God give the strength to your family to deal with this loss.
    Thank you so much for being the perfect role model for the youth of this nation. We all will always be greatful to you. Jai Hind!

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