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Air Vice Marshal Ranjan Dutt

Service No 1594 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 30 Sep 1921
Date Commissioned 01 Aug 1940 Course 4 Course
Service End Retired on 31 May 1968 / Died on 13 Aug 2009
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Acting Flt Lt : 01 Oct 1943Wg Cdr : 15 Aug 1948Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1953Acting Air Cmde : 28 May 1958
Air Cmde : 05 Oct 1958Acting AVM : 13 Apr 1960AVM : 01 Apr 1964C-in-C : 13 Apr 1960
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Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
23 Feb 1942 - 06 Sep 1942Plt OffrNo.4 Squadron, RIAFKohat Ex ME to 1Sqn
01 Dec 1942 - 22 Jan 1943Fg OffrNo.1 Squadron, RIAFTrichinopoly To Risalpur
01 Jun 1944 - 01 Jun 1944Flt LtNo.151 Operational Training UnitRisalpur To 20RAF Sqn
15 Nov 1944 - 25 Apr 1945Flt LtNo.10 Squadron, RIAF To UK FLC
22 Aug 1945 - 02 Jan 1946Flt LtNo.8 Squadron, RIAFMingaladon To 2Sqn
01 Jan 1946 - 23 Mar 1946Flt LtNo.2 Squadron, RIAFKohat To 1Sqn
10 Mar 1946 - 14 May 1947Sqn LdrNo.1 SquadronPeshawar CO Mothballed at independence
20 Mar 1946 - 15 Aug 1947Sqn LdrNo.1 Squadron, RIAF 
15 Aug 1947 - Wg CdrAFS ChakeriKanpur Stn Cdr
19 Nov 1947 - Wg CdrNo.1 Operations Group (EAC)Delhi SASO
21 Jul 1951 - 01 Sep 1951Gp CaptNo.1 Air Force AcademyAmbala CO
01 Oct 1951 - 08 Oct 1954Gp CaptNo.1 Air Force AcademySecunderabad Cmdt
23 Mar 1959 - 12 Apr 1960Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore AOC
13 Apr 1960 - 31 Mar 1961AVMTraining CommandBangalore AOC-in-C
28 Oct 1966 - 31 Mar 1968AVMEastern Air CommandShillong AOC-in-C
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vir Chakra
Gp CaptRanjan Dutt1594 GD(P)Award Date 02 Nov 1948Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Group Captain (Now Air Vice Marshal) Ranjan Dutt – (1594), while serving as S.A.S.O Headquarters No. 1 (Operational) Group, took every opportunity to take part in the Kashmir Operations.

This officer had on three occasions led, with distinction attacks on KISHENGANGA Bridge. The first attack resulted in temporary stoppage of movement of enemy troops and supplies over the bridge. When movement again resumed after the bridge had been repaired, reinforced with heavy protective medium ‘Flak” he led another formation for the second time. To facilitate his formation to attack, he went low to straff and silenced the gun positions. In spite of his aircraft being hit by enemy fire, he attacked with precision and knocked out one of the gun positions.

Leading a formation of four aircraft, he again attacked the Kishenganga Bridge, undeterred by the fact that his aircraft had been shot up badly the day before. Although his aircraft was damaged by heavy anti-aircraft fire in this sortie also, he attacked with precision and determination and scored a direct hit on the bridge, causing considerable damage to it. After the mission, by great skill, he brought his badly damaged aircraft back safely to the base. He also carried out highly successful reconnaissance sorties and attacks on Gilgit and Skardu.

For the outstanding services rendered by him during the Kashmir Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Unit : No.1 Op Group
Reference : Gazette of India , Extraordinary, No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950

Additional Notes

Remarks: via Gp Capt Jacob Chacko Note added: 2009-08-13
With great sorrow, I wish to inform all of us that Air Vice Marshal Ranjan Dutt passed away early this morning (Aug 13) in Chennai.  His son Shunith advised me about this.  Arrangements are being made for his cremation today. May God Bless his soul and help his family in this time of sorrow.
 
'  They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
  At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
    We will remember them..."
Remarks: Air Marshal Raghavendran (on Email) Note added: 2010-10-28
Ranjan Dutt was probably the Greatest Commander and Leader the IAF ever had. i believe he underwent the fighter Leader's course, the first indian to do so, under the command of the legendary Douglas Bader. A born aviator and leader in aviation combat thinking, one always wonders 'What If' - where would we have been had he been the Chief.

Raghavendran