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Squadron Leader Ian Steele Loughran

Service No 4024 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 03 Jul 1928
Date Commissioned 19 Jan 1951 Course 54 Course
Service End Retired on 01 Dec 1965
Remarks : 20Sqn (65) Disposal to Air India (GoI)
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 19 Jan 1952
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
17 Oct 1960 - 23 Aug 1962Sqn LdrNo. 37 SquadronPune CO
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtIan Steele Loughran4024 GD(P)Award Date 12 Jan 1960Announced 26 Jan 1961
Details : On 12th January 1960, Flight Lieutenant I S Loughran was authorized to give a screen check in Instrument Flying to another officer. The weather was bad and the cloud base which was at 6000 feet suddenly rose to 20,000 feet. Flight Lieutenant Loughran was told by signal to come down as bad weather was beginning to envelop the aerodrome also. Meanwhile another aircraft above the clouds was in difficulty and was calling for help. Although Flight Lieutenant Loughran had only 60 gallons of fuel left, he asked for permission to go its help and guide its descent. On this being given, Flight Lieutenant Loughran immediately started climbing and continued to do so till he found the other aircraft above 26,000 feet. He then escorted it down in formation with his own craft, and at the time of touching down found that his own fuel had completely finished. By his devotion to duty and calmness, he saved the other aircraft and its pilot at the risk of his own life.
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Reference : Gazette of India 28th January 1961 - No.7 - Pres/61 dated 26th January 1961