World War 11 Indian pilot honoured with statue in UK

At a memorial function at St. Andrew's Garden in Gravesend, Kent, UK, an 8 ft bronze statue of a decorated Indian fighter pilot of WWII, Squadron Leader Mohinder Singh Pujji, was unveiled. This is perhaps the first such memorial to an Indian war hero in Europe even though the contribution of India's air warriors in bringing down the combined might of the Axis of powers is recorded in history. Pujji was among 24 officers from the Indian Air Force sent to Britain in 1940 to fly with the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain. These Indian officers were placed in different squadrons of the RAF's fighter, bomber and coastal commands. Pujji scored two kills and damaged 3 German fighters in Europe and was himself downed twice, first over the English Channel, then in the Middle East. He ended the war with a Distinguished Flying Cross and was among the lucky 16 to return home. Pujji's contribution was remembered by Air Vice Marshal Edward Stringer of the RAF at the unveiling of the statue. Military historian Ampal Singh was also present.