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Air Commodore Dilip Dinkar Mandpe

Service No & Branch 13937 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 15 Feb 1975 Course: 113 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jul 2009 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 10 Apr 1992Acting Gp Capt : 13 Jan 1997Gp Capt : 01 Jun 1997Acting Air Cmde : 01 Mar 2004
Air Cmde : 01 Feb 2004
Training and Other Courses Attended
44 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 197345 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2005
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
23 Jan 1992 - 06 Feb 1994Wg CdrNo.114 Helicopter UnitLeh Commanding Officer
01 Dec 1994 - 18 Oct 1996Wg Cdr2 Maharastra Air Sqn NCCNagpur Commanding Officer
05 Mar 2001 - 29 May 2003Gp Capt22 WingKumbhigram Station Commander
02 Jun 2003 - 30 Jan 2004Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops, Helicopters)
17 Apr 2000 - No.114 Helicopter Unit Commodore Commandant
03 Feb 2004 - 02 Jan 2005Air Cmde28 WingHindan (Ghaziabad) Air Officer Commanding
01 Dec 2005 - 01 Jul 2007Air CmdeCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air-II
30 Jul 2007 - 31 Jul 2009Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Eastern Air CommandCalcutta Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Yudh Seva Medal
Wg CdrDilip Dinkar Mandpe13937 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1995Announced 26 Jan 1995
Details :

In August 1992 Wing Commander Dilip Dinkar Mandpe as Commanding Officer of a helicopter unit was tasked to undersling a snow scooter to one of the forward posts at an altitude of 16,700' AMSL. If the snow scooter had not been airlifted the post would have had to be abandoned in winter and this would have meant a great setback to Op Meghdoot. Realising the gravity of the situation Wg Cdr Mandpe undertook the sortie personally and accomplished the mission successfully.

During this period Wg Cdr Mandpe has flown over 350 captain hrs evacuating several causalities and carrying vital stores in the Siachin glacier under trying conditions and constant threat of enemy small arms fire, artillery shelling and the surface-to-air missiles. The most notable casualty evacuation carried out by Wg Cdr Mandpe was on 08 Apr 1993 when the Air Force was asked to evacuate five casualties from Sonam post. Under adverse weather conditions and visibility just 500 meters, Wg Cdr Mandpe successfully brought out the casualties in two sorties.

In addition to this impressive effort, he has been instrumental in imparting operational training and undertaking clearance of the unit pilots in the 'Op Meghdoot' area. His personal involvement has ensured a very high percentage of unit pilots being fully operational in this area.

For distinguished service of high order in 'Op Meghdoot' area of operations, the President is pleased to award the 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr Dilip Dinkar Mandpe.

Unit : 114 HU
Reference : GoI19950126
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