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F.1 Unknown - District Collector's Office (displayed on memorial), Ludhiana, India

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Gnat F.1 Unknown at Ludhiana, ; Tribune India

Ludhiana is the district from where Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, the only IAF awardee of the Param Vir Chakra (India's highest gallantry award) hailed from. In his honour, a Gnat is displayed alongside his statue at the District Collector's office in Ludhiana. This Gnat made the news when a tipsy bypasser used its empty engine nacelle as a sleeping shelter and got stuck when he woke up in the morning! Every year on December 14th a ceremony to mark the day of the dogfight for which Param won his medal is marked here. The aircraft and the memorial are given a regular cleaning by local Air Force units.

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