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Squadron Leader Ayappan Sudhakaran

Service No 3937 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 16 Sep 1927
Date Commissioned 14 Oct 1950 Course 53 Course
Service End Died in Service 04 Jun 1960
Remarks :
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Kirti Chakra
Sqn LdrAyappan Sudhakaran3937 GD(P)Award Date 04 Jun 1960Announced 04 Mar 1961
Details :

On the 4th of June, 1960, Suqadron Leader Ayappan Sudhakaran was carrying out a test flight in a Gnat aircraft – the only one of its kind in India – which was fully instrumented when the engine flamed out at low altitude. He could have abandoned the aircraft and saved his own life but decided to save the aircraft by attempting a forced-landing. In this gallant attempt he lost his life.

Squadron Leader Ayappan Sudhakaran had been a test pilot for nearly three years at Kanpur during which period he made numerous test flights in which he faced great risk to his life and displayed outstanding flying ability and technical knowledge of a very high order. In this incident in which he lost his life he showed courage, devotion to duty and determination in the highest traditions of the Air Force.

Unit : A&ATU
Reference : Gazette of India , 4th March 1961 - No.16 - Pres/61 dated 27th February 1961

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
04 Jun 1960GnatIE-1063Sqn Ldr A Sudhakaran*
AATUEngine Flame Out Late Ejection