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Wing Commander Devender Jeet Singh Kler

Service No & Branch 11855 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 29 Dec 1968 Course: 101 Course Entry Mode : NDA
Service End: Retired on 29 Jul 1994
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 11 Mar 1991Wg Cdr : 29 Dec 1989
Training and Other Courses Attended
32 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 196741 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 25 Nov 1985
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
29 Dec 1968 - 01 Jul 1969Plt OffrOperational Conversion UnitJamnagar Trainee
01 Jul 1969 - 01 Jun 1972Fg OffrNo.22 SquadronKalaikunda Squadron Pilot
01 Jun 1972 - 01 Jun 1974Fg OffrNo.24 SquadronTezpur/ Hashimara Squadron Pilot
01 Jun 1974 - 01 Jun 1976Flt LtNo.21 SquadronGorakhpur/ BKT Squadron Pilot
01 Jun 1976 - 01 Jun 1977Flt LtNo.2 SquadronSrinagar Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1978 - 01 Jun 1978Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Instructor Trainee
01 Jun 1978 - 01 Jun 1981Flt LtFighter Training WingHakimpet Flying Instructor
01 Jun 1981 - 01 Jun 1982Sqn LdrNo.45 SquadronHashimara Squadron Pilot
01 Jun 1982 - 01 Jun 1983Sqn LdrNo.45 SquadronJamnagar Flight Commander
01 Jun 1983 - 01 Jun 1984Sqn LdrHQ J&KUdhampur SO to AOC
01 Jan 1986 - 01 Dec 1986Sqn LdrHOFTUKalaikunda Squadron Pilot
20 Oct 1986 - 28 Feb 1988Sqn LdrNo.2 SquadronKalaikunda Flight Commander
01 Mar 1988 - 01 Mar 1991Wg CdrAdv HQ, EACCalcutta Staff
01 Mar 1991 - 01 Sep 1991Wg Cdr1 Sqn, MOFTUTezpur Commanding Officer
01 Sep 1991 - 28 Jul 1994Wg CdrAdv HQ, EACCalcutta Staff
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrDevender Jeet Singh Kler11855 F(P)Award Date 20 Jun 1987Announced 26 Jan 1989
Details :

Sqn Ldr Devender Jeet Singh Kler (11855) Flying (Pilot) has been on the posted strength of a fighter Squadron since Apr 80.

On 20 Jun 87, he was authorized to carry out a live Rocket Projectile sortie on Ajeet over Dudhkundi range. After an uneventful sortie, while coming into landing, he observed that the throttle could not be reduced as the throttle lever had become free. He operated the throttle lever to obtain some response from the engine but in the process, the RPM rose to 100% and thereafter remanded at this rating despite repeated movements of the throttle lever resulting in loss of control on speed of aircraft. Faced with this critical emergency and with very little endurance left, Sqn Ldr Kler was felt with only two options either to eject or recover the aircraft with a dead stick landing. Judging the situation correctly and having full faith in his professional skill built assiduously by practicing various emergencies over the years, he decided to opt for a dead stick landing even though, slight error in its execution entailed a grave risk to his life.

Sqn Ldr DJS Kler handled this critical emergency in an exemplary manner. Ajeet aircraft is known for its difficult handling characteristics and has resulted in accidents, many of them fatal, under such trying conditions. He displayed great professional skill, fine judgment and airmanship of the highest order. His devotion to duty is in the finest traditions of our service where in he saved a valuable combat aircraft even though this entailed grave risk to his won life.

For his professional skill, fine judgment, airmanship of a high order and efficient handling of a grave emergency, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Sqn Ldr Devender Jeet Singh Kler.

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Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd April 1988 - No.39-Pres/89 dated 26th January 1989
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