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Wing Commander Reginald Azariah Rufus

Service No 3319 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 21 Sep 1924
Date Commissioned 25 Feb 1946 Course 38 Course
Service End Retired on 01 Dec 1966
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1965
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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
- Wg CdrNo.42 SquadronPalam CO
01 Sep 1965 - Wg CdrNo.25 SquadronChandigarh CO
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Kirti Chakra
Sqn LdrReginald Azariah Rufus3319 GD(P)Award Date 26 Feb 1957Announced 26 Jan 1959
Details :

On 26th February 1957, the Prime Minister and his party were travelling from Mangalore to Raipur in a twin-engined I.A.F. plane piloted by Sqn. Ldr. Rufus. About an hour and a quarter after taking off, fire and considerable vibration in the port engine were noticed. Immediate steps were taken to put out the fire. With one of the two engines out of action, Sqn. Ldr. Rufus decided to land at a disused kutcha landing strip at Raichur 25 miles away-the nearest regularly used airfield being more than 80 miles. By exceptionally accurate judgment and flying skill he made a perfect landing thus ensuring complete safety of the Prime Minister and his party.

Throughout this incident, Sqn. Ldr. Rufus handled the plane with cool courage and skill in the best traditions of Indian Air Force.

Unit : Air HQ and Comm
Reference : Notification No. 37-Pres/59 dated 17th July, 1959 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 1st August, 1959.