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Flight Lieutenant Premanand Goswami

Service No & Branch Aux 30082 GD(P)
Date of Birth: Commissioned: 17 Oct 1957 Course: 2AUX Course
Service End: Retired on 18 Mar 1966
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Oct 1959Flt Lt : 17 Oct 1964
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtPremanand GoswamiAux 30082 GD(P)Award Date Announced 01 Jan 1966
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan, Flight Lieutenant Premananda Goswami, Flight Commander of a Helicopter Unit, flew seventy sorties in a period of thirty six days and completed sixty one hours of flying. He flew twelve casualty evacuation sorties from quickly improvised helipads, just behind our advancing troops and within the range of enemy shells. The hilly terrain was very difficult and treacherous for helicopter operations. Undeterred by these difficulties and dangers, he carried out his mercy missions and saved many valuable lives. He also undertook sixty logistic sorties supplying and dropping ammunition and rations to forward posts at great personal risk. He operated from an airfield which was under constant threat of enemy air raids without warning.

On 22nd September, 1965, he landed at an improvised helipad with ammunition and supplies to sustain the picquet. The enemy started shelling the post. With courage and presence of mind, he took off while the other aircraft was still unloading. Disregarding his own safely, he circled near the enemy positions to divert the fire and attention of the enemy to his own aircraft, in order to give time to the other aircraft to unload its cargo and save it from destruction.

Flight Lieutenant Premananda Goswami displayed courage, determination and comradeship which were in the best tradition of the Indian Air Force.

Unit : 111 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966

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Helicopter Operations in J&K - 111 HU by Flt Lt Premananda Goswami -

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