Eight-foot bronze statue of World War II Indian pilot Mohinder Singh Pujji unveiled in UK

Statue of Mahinder Singh Pujji, an Indian-origin fighter pilot who had served in Britain’s Royal Air Force during the Second World War, was unveiled in Kent.

Dec 1, 2014 11:00 IST
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Mohinder Singh PujjiWorld War- II Indian pilot Late Mohinder Singh Pujji was in news because UK on 28 November 2014 honoured him by unveiling his eight-foot bronze statue at St Andrew's Garden in Gravesend, Kent, Great Britain.

Squadron Leader Mohinder Singh Pujji flew Hawker Hurricanes during World War II.

About Mohinder Singh Pujji
• Pujji was an Indian Sikh fighter pilot who joined the Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) in World War II
• He learned to fly at the Delhi Flying School in 1936
• Mohinder Singh was one of 24 qualified Indians who volunteered for the Royal Air Force in 1940. The Indian Air Force officers reached London on 8 October 1940
• Pujji also flew combat missions in Britain, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East during the war
• During his service, he was downed twice, first over the English Channel and then in the Middle East
• He was awarded with a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for bravery for his services in Burma
• In 2010, he published a book about his wartimes experiences entitled, For King and Another Country
• He was born in Shimla on 14 August 1918
• He died at Darent Valley Hospital in Kent at the age of 92 on 18 September 2010

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