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Wing Commander Arnold Sochindranath Williams

Service No 3950 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 11 Aug 1927
Date Commissioned 14 Oct 1950 Course 53 Course
Service End Retired on 02 Oct 1968 / Died on 25 Oct 2010
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 14 Oct 1955Sqn Ldr : 14 Oct 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1967
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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

01 Jan 1960 - 16 Jul 1961Sqn LdrNo.107 Helicopter UnitSrinagar Commanding Officer
28 May 1961 - 15 May 1963Sqn LdrNo.105 Helicopter UnitChabua Commanding Officer
01 Aug 1963 - 19 Jul 1965Sqn LdrNo.112 Helicopter UnitJorhat Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrArnold Sochindranath Williams3950 GD(P)Award Date 12 Oct 1962Announced 12 Nov 1962
Details :

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

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
20 Oct 1962Bell 47GBZ-543Sqn Ldr AS Williams
SD by Ground fire at Tsangdhar

Additional Notes

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.