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Group Captain Leslie Richard Dickinson Blunt

Service No 1994 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 07 Nov 1922
Date Commissioned 28 Sep 1942 Course 14 Course
Service End Retired on 01 Nov 1968 / Died on 05 Nov 2010
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 28 Sep 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 01 Oct 1952Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1959
Acting Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1962Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1965
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
14 Mar 1943 - 30 May 1943Act Plt OffrNo.22 Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation UnitDrigh Road Fm 1SFTSAmb To 151OTU
13 Oct 1943 - 06 Dec 1943Plt OffrNo.2 Squadron, RIAFKohat To 6Sqn
13 Dec 1943 - 16 Jan 1945Fg OffrNo.6 Squadron, RIAF Plt To IAFDF
16 Jan 1945 - Fg OffrIndian Air Force Display FlightKohat Plt Fm 6Sqn
08 Mar 1945 - 16 Mar 1945Fg OffrNo.6 Squadron, RIAFKohat To IAFDF
16 Mar 1945 - Fg OffrIndian Air Force Display FlightKohat Fm 6Sqn
06 Apr 1945 - 10 Feb 1946Fg OffrNo.6 Squadron, RIAFKohat To 7Sqn
02 Mar 1946 - 30 Apr 1946Fg OffrNo.6 Squadron, RIAF Fm 7Sqn To UK
01 Apr 1948 - 15 Jan 1949Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolAmbala Commanding Officer
15 Aug 1951 - 09 Jun 1953Sqn LdrNo.14 Squadron Commanding Officer
11 Jan 1960 - 23 Sep 1962Wg Cdr8 WingAdampur Station Commander
- 01 Jan 1965Gp Capt5 WingKalaikunda Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1962 - 01 Jan 1964Gp Capt5 WingKalaikunda Commanding Officer
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vir Chakra
Flt LtLeslie Richard Dickinson Blunt1994 GD(P)Award Date 02 Mar 1948Announced 20 Nov 1950
Details :

Flt. Lt. (now Wg. Cdr.) Leslie Richard Dickenson Blunt (1994) was one of the first ‘SPITFIRE’ Pilots to land at Srinagar when it was surrounded by enemy and about to fall. He operated with zeal and vigour and thus helped to throw back the enemy from the gates of Srinagar. In every short space of time, this officer carried out 23 operational sorties against the enemy and achieved remarkable results.

He stood out amongst his pilots for his keen enthusiasm and dash. His bombing and gunnery helped to break up many enemy advances at crucial moments.

For the excellent results achieved by him during the Air Operations over the outskirts of Srinagar, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Unit : AFS Ambala
Reference : Gazette of India , 20th November 1950 - No.13 - Pres dated 15th November 1950