On the outbreak of war on 3 December 71, Wing Commander Mervyn L Middlecoat was on a training visit abroad.
He returned to Pakistan immediately and joined operations with such keen interest that he inspired all the squadron pilots.
The day after his arrival he was detailed on a strike mission to the heavily defended Jamnagar airfield.
While returning after the successful mission he was engaged by 2 enemy Mig-21s. In the encounter his aircraft was hit by an enemy missile.
He was heard to be ejecting in Indian territory and was officially declared missing in action. For his devotion to duty, determination and courage he was awarded a Bar to the Sitara-i-Juraat.