India will never forget the 1999 Kargil war when it kicked out all Pakistani soldiers who had managed to occupy key positions on the Indian side of the Line of Control in Kargil sector.
Flying Lieutenant Kambampati Nichiketa indiatimes
Captain Kambampati Nichiketa survived the torture of Pakistanis as a Prisoner of War (PoW), returned to India, got the Vayusena medal, and kept on flying planes for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
Flying Lieutenant Kambampati Nichiketa with family idrw
Nachiketa was one of the pilots from No. 9 Squadron of IAF which took part in the operation launched in Batalik sector on May 26, 1999. He carried out an attack on enemy camps by flying a MiG-27 armed with 80 mm rockets.
Repatriation of Flt Lt Nachiketa, Wagah Border bharat-rakshak
After eight days of gruelling, he was repatriated to India after intense backdoor efforts made by the government of India on June 3, 1999. He was greeted by President KR Narayanan and Prime Minister Vajpayee as a hero.
Though he was not able to fly fighter jets due to an injury on his back, he continued flying IAF’s transport fleet.