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Group Captain Karori Lal Bhatia

Service No 1605 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 29 Jan 1920
Date Commissioned 01 Aug 1940 Course 4 Course
Service End Died in Service 20 Jun 1954
Remarks : died due to illhealth
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Feb 1942Acting Flt Lt : 01 Apr 1944Sqn Ldr : 15 Aug 1948Wg Cdr : 15 Aug 1949
Acting Gp Capt : 15 Oct 1949
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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
28 May 1941 - 01 Apr 1942Plt OffrNo.3 Flight (Coastal Defence)Calcutta 
01 Apr 1942 - 30 Nov 1942Plt OffrNo.353 Squadron RAFCalcutta 
05 Dec 1942 - 11 Jan 1946Fg OffrNo.7 Squadron, RIAF Plt to AirHQ
30 Jan 1947 - 26 May 1947Flt LtNo.12 Squadron, RIAFBhopal To 6 Sqn
01 May 1947 - 09 Aug 1947Sqn LdrNo.6 SquadronKohat Commanding Officer
27 May 1947 - 09 Aug 1947Sqn LdrNo.6 Squadron, RIAFMauripur 
15 Aug 1947 - 21 May 1948Wg CdrNo.12 SquadronAgra Commanding Officer
16 Oct 1948 - 14 Oct 1949Wg Cdr4 WingAgra Station Commander
15 Oct 1949 - 07 Mar 1951Gp Capt4 WingAgra Station Commander
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vir Chakra
Gp CaptKarori Lal Bhatia1605 GD(P)Award Date 15 Nov 1948Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Group Captain Karori Lal Bhatia (1605) commanded No.12 Squadron from the early days of the Operations in Kashmir. As a Commanding Officer of the Transport Squadron, he shouldered the heavy responsibility of training his pilots for operations in the mountainous terrain of Kashmir, landing and taking off from hastily prepared airstrips and flying in vital supplies of rations, stores and ammunition to the besieged garrison located in places like Poonch etc.

He always displayed the highest order of leadership, and thus was an example to all his Squadron Pilots. He exhibited extraordinary courage and exemplary devotion to duty when his aircraft was damaged by enemy fire while landing at Poonch and by his prompt action and “Sangfroid” saved the lives of the other members of the aircrew and passengers in the damaged aircraft.

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

Unit : 12 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , Extraordinary, No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
21 Mar 1948Dakota C-47VP-914Wg Cdr Karori Lal Bhatia
Fg Offr Das
12w/o dam by arty fire Poonch airstrip