Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be awarded the Vir Chakra on this Independence Day, reports India Today

Source: Hindustan Times

Abhinandan became a national hero after downing an F-16 Pakistani Jet with his MiG-21 Bison and for showing grit, determination and bravery when captured by Pakistan on February 27, 2019. 

He was subsequently released on March 1. 

Source: First Post

The Wing Commander will rejoin his flying duties after fulfilling the necessary medical conditions and will be conferred India's third-highest military honour tomorrow. 

Source: Financial Express

Abhinandan had fired an R-73 missile to take out the Pakistan F-16 aircraft before his Mig 21 Bison was hit by an AMRAAM missile.