|Date of Birth:||11 Aug 1927|
|Date Commissioned||14 Oct 1950||Course||53 Course|
|Service End||No Details|
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|28 May 1961 - 15 May 1963||Sqn Ldr||No.105 Helicopter Unit||Chabua||CO|
|01 Aug 1963 - 19 Jul 1965||Sqn Ldr||No.112 Helicopter Unit||Jorhat||CO|
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|Sqn Ldr||Arnold Sochindranath Williams||3950 GD(P)||Award Date 12 Oct 1962||Announced 12 Nov 1962|
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On 20th October, 1962, Squadron Leader A S Williams was ordered to find out the position prevailing at one of our Army posts in NEFA which had been subjected to heavy attacks by Chinese invaders. To carry out the task, he flew in a helicopter but it was damaged by heavy anti-aircraft fire by the Chinese. In order to save the aircraft from further damage, he skillfully maneuvered it towards the nearest helipad at another post. Unfortunately, the helicopter developed engine troubles as a result of the damage caused by enemy fire and he was forced to crash land it two miles from the helipad. He then trekked to the nearest Army post and was eventually evacuated to his own unit.
Earlier, on 12th October 1962, Squadron Leader Williams had flown several sorties in a helicopter by day and night to evacuate casualties from forward posts in the same area.
The courage and devotion to duty displayed by Squadron Leader Williams in difficult conditions were of a high order.
|Unit : 105 HU|
|Reference : Gazette of India , 1st December 1962 - No.71 - Pres/62 dated 12th November 1962|
|Date||Aircraft Type||Tail No||Pilot/Crew||Unit||Remarks|
|20 Oct 1962||Bell 47G||BZ-543||Sqn Ldr AS Williams||SD by Ground fire at Tsangdhar|
|Remarks: Obituary Notice Note added: 2010-10-27|
Squadron Leader A S Williams passed away peacefully on Monday 25th October 2010. The funeral service will be held on Friday 29th October 2010, 12.00 p.m. Information provided by his son Vivek Williams.