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Group Captain Pradeep Sharma

Service No & Branch 13777 F(P)

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Date of Birth: -- --- -- Commissioned: 07 Dec 1974 Course: 112 Course Entry Mode : NDA
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1999
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 31 Mar 1992Acting Gp Capt : 06 Jan 1997Gp Capt : 27 Jan 1997
Training and Other Courses Attended
43 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1972
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
06 Jan 1997 - 31 Mar 1999Gp Capt501 Signal UnitBarnala Station Commander
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Kirti Chakra
Sqn LdrPradeep Sharma13777 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1985Announced 26 Jan 1987
Details :

On the 24th October, 1985, when Squadron Leader Pradeep Sharma was flying a night instructional sortie on Kiran aircraft along with his pupil, the engine of the aircraft suddenly failed due to material failure. Besides the total loss of power from the engine Squadron Ldr Sharma was also confronted with confusing engine instrument indications because of the very peculiar nature of failure. Displaying exemplary coolness and professionalism he correctly analysed the failure for which there was no remedial action. At this stage, any pilot would have been fully justified in abandoning the aircraft, which was over 35 km away from base, as a forced landing at night had never been attempted before. Had he chosen the apparently only possible option of abandoning the aircraft, besides the inevitable loss of the aircraft and probable ejection related injuries to pilots, valuable evidence as to why the engine failed would have been lost.

Relying on his consummate skills and inveterate professionalism, Squadron Leader Pradeep Sharma completely disregarded the perils to himself and carried out a successful forced landing at night in a copy book fashion without any damage to the aircraft.

Squadron Leader Pradeep Sharma thus rendered superlative professionalism, cool and profound courage in saving a valuable aircraft in utter disregard to his own safety.

Unit : AFA Dundigal
Reference : Notification No. 33–Pres/87 dated 26th January, 1987 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 4th April, 1987.
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