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Air Commodore Maheshwar Dutt

Service No 11607 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 05 Jan 1946
Date Commissioned 18 May 1968 Course 99 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Jan 2002
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jul 1987Acting Gp Capt : 28 Oct 1991Gp Capt : 01 Feb 1992Air Cmde : 03 Feb 1997
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

03 Feb 1986 - 22 May 1988Wg CdrNo.128 Helicopter UnitHindon/ Leh/ Chabua CO
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Kirti Chakra
Wg CdrMaheshwar Dutt11607 F(P)Award Date 01 Nov 1986Announced 26 Jan 1988
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On the evening of 14th November, 1986, an unexpected and very high snowfall blocked both ends of the 3,400 meter high Zozila pass. Over one hundred vehicles were trapped in the pass along with their occupants. Numerous landslides and avalanches further added to the disaster. Wing Commander Maheshwar Dutt flying a Mi-17 Helicopter, flew a total of 75 rescue sorties, 56 of them in the first four days. He personally rescued 145 persons saving them from almost certain death in the raging blizzard with wind speeds of 70kmph and temperatures well below zero. On no occasion was a prepared helipad provided and Wg Cdr Dutt often landed on compact snow by the roadside. These operations, from makeshift helipads scarcely larger than his helicopter wheel base were carried until all the trapped persons were evacuated.

Wing Commander Maheshwar Dutt thus displayed conspicuous courage and sustained endurance in the face of hazardous natural conditions.

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Reference : Gazette of India , 2nd April 1988 - No.27 - Pres/88 dated 26th January 1988
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeMaheshwar Dutt11607 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2002Announced 26 Jan 2002
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