|Service No & Branch||2351 GD(P)|
|Date of Birth: -- --- ----||Commissioned: 29 Mar 1943||Course: 16 Course|
|Service End:||Retired on 18 Aug 1966|
|Qualifications Held :|
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|06 Jun 1944 - 12 Oct 1945||Plt Offr||No.7 Squadron, RIAF||to 9Sqn|
|01 Oct 1945 - 01 May 1946||Fg Offr||No.9 Squadron, RIAF||To 12Sqn|
|17 May 1946 -||Fg Offr||No.12 Squadron, RIAF||Risalpur|
|- 23 Mar 1956||Sqn Ldr||Air Head Quarters||Delhi|
|24 Mar 1956 - 30 Sep 1956||Sqn Ldr||Aircrew Examination Board||Palam||Flying Examiner|
|01 Oct 1956 -||Sqn Ldr||Air Head Quarters||Delhi|
|01 Apr 1962 - 01 May 1963||Wg Cdr||No.19 Squadron||Srinagar||Commanding Officer|
|01 Aug 1963 - 14 Jul 1964||Gp Capt||No.2 Transport Training Wing||Bangalore||Commandant|
|16 Nov 1964 - 27 Feb 1966||Gp Capt||25 Wing||Rajokri (Delhi)||Station Commander|
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|Flt Lt||Purshotam Lal Dhawan||2351 GD(P)||Award Date 30 Mar 1948||Announced 26 Jan 1950|
|Details :|| |
Flight Lieutenant (Now Wing Commander) Purshotam Lal Dhawan (2351) carried out 144 sorties as a Dakota Captain in Kashmir Operations. He was one of the pioneers from his Squadron in the Kashmir Operations. Despite heavy enemy fire he carried out a number of supply dropping sorties over our besieged and hard pressed garrisons at NOWHERA, JHANGAR, MIRPUR, KOTLI, POONCH and BARAMULA. His aircraft was damaged many a time by enemy fire but he carried on through sheer determination and will to defy the enemy.
He was also one of the Captains who took part in Night Bombing (in Dakota aircraft) of enemy positions with great success. Being bold, loyal and courageous, this officer always exhibited, during operation, a high sense of duty, morale and fighting spirit in spite of heavy odds he had to meet with.
|Unit : 12 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India , Extraordinary, No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950|
|Bar to Vir Chakra|
|Wg Cdr||Purshotam Lal Dhawan||2351 GD(P)||Award Date 20 Oct 1962||Announced 26 Jan 1963|
|Details :|| |
Wing Commander Purshotam Lal Dhawan was in command of one of the Transport Squadrons in the J &K Area Ã¢â‚¬â€œ his third operational assignment in this area. After active hostilities commenced in Ladakh, information was received that Chandni post was under fire and no clear picture was available regarding our posts in the Daulat Beg Oldi area. Wing Commander Dhawan, knowing that he would encounter enemy fire, successfully carried out a complete reconnaissance over the area before landing at Daulat Beg Oldi and obtained information about the latest situation in the forward posts in that area. When our troops were retreating from Daulat Beg Oldi, Wing Commander Dhawan located them and dropped essential winter clothing and food without which they could not have survived.
Wing Commander Purshotam Lal Dhawan , displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.
|Unit : 19 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India , 16th February 1963 - No. 17-Pres/63., dated 26th January, 1963|