Mangat was serving in a bomber squadron. His job was to raid the various airbases of Pakistan, which he accomplished with great tenacity. He surprised them with the raid as deep as Peshawar, which they never expected. He raided the Pakistan airbases as many as 15 times and was awarded the Vir Chakra for gallantry.
During one such raid when he was returning with his SU-7 Sukhoi after successfully attacking and damaging Chander airbase, near Sargodha, two Mirage jets of the enemy chased him but failed to stop him. He was assigned the job of destroying the airbases as well as army installations of the enemy in West Pakistan diving close to the earth. After many successful raids, ultimately his SU-7 Sukhoi fell victim to bullets of ground batteries of the enemy, in which the plane lost its balance and caught fire. The weight and speed of the plane started to reduce. But Wg. Cdr. Mangat set an example of courage and valour when he succeeded in landing his Sukhoi on his own base.
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