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Air Vice Marshal Sudhir Sah

Service No 11648 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 09 Feb 1947
Date Commissioned 02 Jun 1968 Course 100 Course
Service End Retired on 28 Feb 2005
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Sep 1987Gp Capt : 10 Mar 1992Air Cmde : 16 Jun 1997AVM : 15 Feb 2003
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

07 Dec 1987 - 16 Dec 1990Wg CdrNo.111 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops, Trans & He
09 May 1997 - Air CmdeJammu & KashmirUdhampur Senior Air Staff Officer
03 Apr 2001 - 01 Jan 2003Air Cmde19 WingBorjhar (Guwahati) Air Officer Commanding
- 01 Oct 2004AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Mention in Despatches
Fg OffrSudhir Sah11648 F(P)Award Date Announced 23 Jun 1972
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Reference : Gazette of India , 1st July 1972 - No.87 - Pres/72 dated 23rd June 1972
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrSudhir Sah11648 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1989
Details :

Wing Commander Sudhir Sah (11648) Flying (Pilot) is the Commanding Officer of a helicopter Squadron since 07 Dec 87. On 29 Jun 88, Wg Cdr Sudhir Sah was tasked for casualty evacuation of Mrs. Kirti Bala Elies, a pilgrim of Kailash Mansarovar yatra from Tukhlaket, the Tibet region of China. However, owing to continuous bad weather till 07 Jul 77 several attempts for the evacuation proved futile. The weather showed slight improvement on 08 Jul 88. By then the pilgrims had started their return journey and Wg Cdr Sah was informed that Mrs. Elias, who was carried on a stretcher, would be crossing the Lipulekh pass, at a height of approximately 17000 above sea level, on the Sino-Indian border at about 1130 hours. Wg Cdr Sah took off in a Cheetah with Wg Cdr NK Upadhayay as his co-pilot and reconnoitered the Lipulekh pass area to find a suitable place to land. However, owing to steep gradient and extremely hostile terrain the helicopter could not be landed. Keeping in view the nature of injuries received by Mrs. Elias, Wg Cdr Sudhir Sah displaying exceptional professional skill and perfect crew coronation and understanding brought the helicopter to hover above the ground. He then asked his co­pilot to jump out of the helicopter and help the casualty with the assistance of other pilgrims. Such a task demands thorough competence, skilful handling and above all, courage. Evacuation of Mrs. Kirti Bala Elias is yet another land mark in the history of the Indian Air Force.

For his exemplary courage, selfless devotion to duty and display of exceptional professional skill in the finest traditions of the Air Force, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr. Sudhir Sah.

Unit : 111 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd April 1988 - No.39-Pres/89 dated 26th January 1989
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeSudhir Sah11648 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1999Announced 26 Jan 1999
Details :

Air Commodore Sudhir Sah VM (11648) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a pilot on 02 Jun 68. A Qualified Flying Instructor, and Senior Instructor (Air) at Defence Services Staff College, he was awarded Vayu Sena Medal for exemplary professional skill while commanding a helicopter unit. In the 1971 conflict he was Mentioned-in Despatches. He has commanded an Air Force Station and also led an IAF training team to Mauritius.

He was appointed Senior Air Staff Officer of HQ AOC J&K on 09 May 97 where his responsibility has been air Maintenance in Siachen Glacier for “Op Meghdoot". During 1997 winter, unprecedented bad weather and heavy enemy shelling depleted stocks at some posts to critical levels. On 04 Nov 97 he flew to a high altitude post, despite heavy enemy shelling to deliver urgent supplies. Subsequent1y, he flew to another crucial post and landed back at Base Camp while it was being shelled. His leadership raised confidence levels and morale of young aircrew and also helped in formulating Standard Operating Procedures for flying during enemy shelling. His managerial skills, planning ability, team development, dedication and devotion to duty maximised Air Maintenance. For Op Meghdoot, stocks at all posts were substantially built up in record time.

Air Commodore Sudhir Sah VM has thus rendered distinguished service of exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19990126