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Wing Commander Sukhmandar Singh Sidhu

Service No 10117 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 10 Jan 1946
Date Commissioned 13 Mar 1966 Course 95 Course
Service End Retired on 07 Jul 1993
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrSukhmandar Singh Sidhu10117 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1976
Details : Flight Lieutenant Sukhmander Singh Sidhu of a Helicopter Unit carried out 94 sorties involving 43 hours of flying from dawn to dusk during the five days of Flood Relief Operations in Patna area. He successfullv air dropped 25 tonnes of relief supplies during that short time over the marooned houses and thus saved many valuable lives. Prior to this he had carried out 21 hours of flying during the flood relief operations in Orissa. During these relief operations, Flight Lieutenant Sukmander Singh Sidhu displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
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Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976
Shaurya Chakra
Sqn LdrSukhmandar Singh Sidhu10117 F(P)Award Date 15 Oct 1977Announced 26 Jan 1978
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On 15th October 1977, Squadron Leader Sidhu was ordered to evacuate Sir Edmund Hillary the leader of “Ocean to sky Expedition” who was lying critically ill at the base camp located at a height 17,5000 feet above Mean Sea Level. A veteran of many causality evacuation missions, Squadron Leader Sidhu could easily comprehend the gravity of the situation. He planned his mission immaculately, got airborne and spotted snow covered gorge on which Sir Edmund Hillary was perched, would make evacuation extremely hazardous. As he adroitly maneuvered the helicopter so that it was inches above the ground, loose and scattered snow started flying all around and caused a mini blizzard. Undeterred by this, he kept the helicopter stationery by maintaining a perfect hover, at the altitude 17,5000 feet till his copilot jumped down and helped Sir Edmund Hillary into the helicopter. In this action Squadron Leader Sukhmander Singh Sidhu displayed great courage, determination and professional skill of high order.

Unit : 117 HU
Reference : Gazette of India , 8th April 1978 - No.14 - Pres/78 dated 26th January 1978