|Date of Birth:||-- --- --|
|Date Commissioned||13 Dec 1980||Course||126 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 31 Dec 2002|
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|Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)|
|Sqn Ldr||Anand Gode||16231 F(P)||Award Date 05 Sep 1995||Announced 15 Aug 1996|
|Details :|| |
Squadron Leader Anand Gode was commissioned on 13 Dec 80 as Flying (Pilot) in Helicopter stream.
At about 1400 hours on 5th September, 1995 an emergency message was received for immediate evacuation of men stranded on an island in the area engulfed by the fast rising Beas river near Tihra Sujanpur. On receipt of the message Wg Cdr Subhlok who was commanding 117 HU Chetak/Cheetah Helicopter Unit, got airborne in a Cheetah helicopter. He was followed by Sqn Ldr A. Gode in a Chetak helicopter. On reaching the site, they could spot 6 men huddled on a tiny island with no way of escaping. Time was at a premium as water was rising rapidly threatening to engulf the survivors. The local condition precluded rescue by winching. The lead helicopter flown by Wg Cdr. Subhlok first made an approach and pulled in 3 survivors. This act of saving lives in the face of imminent danger to the aircraft and the lives of the aircrew has been in keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Air Force.
For the act of exceptional courage, the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Sqn Ldr Anand Gode.
|Unit : 117 HU|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 30th November 1996 - No.92-Pres/96 dated 15th August 1996|