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Air Vice Marshal Ranjan Dutt

Service No & Branch 1594 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 30 Sep 1921 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 1948Acting Gp Capt : 01 Aug 1948Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1953
Acting Air Cmde : 28 May 1958Air Cmde : 05 Oct 1958Acting AVM : 13 Apr 1960AVM : 01 Apr 1964
C-in-C : 13 Apr 1960
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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 Commanding Officer
20 Mar 1946 - 15 Aug 1947Sqn LdrNo.1 Squadron, RIAF 
15 Nov 1947 - 31 Jul 1948Wg CdrNo 1 Operational GroupDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Aug 1948 - 21 Jul 1949Gp CaptNo 1 Operational GroupDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
22 Jul 1949 - 05 Apr 1950Gp CaptOperational Command (WAC)Delhi Senior Air Staff Officer
21 Jul 1951 - 01 Aug 1951Gp CaptNo.1 Air Force AcademyAmbala Commanding Officer
01 Aug 1951 - 08 Oct 1954Gp CaptNo.1 Air Force AcademySecunderabad Commandant
09 Oct 1954 - 27 May 1958Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops)
28 May 1958 - 23 Mar 1959Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Policy and Plan
23 Mar 1959 - 12 Apr 1960Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding
13 Apr 1960 - 29 Dec 1960AVMTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Apr 1961 - 27 Oct 1966AVMHALBangalore CMD
28 Oct 1966 - 31 Mar 1968AVMEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
 
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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
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