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Wing Commander Sudesh Kumar Dahar

Service No 4425 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 10 Mar 1934
Date Commissioned 17 Jan 1953 Course 59 Course
Service End Died in Service 29 Jan 1968
Remarks : k MiG-21 Cr
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
- Wg CdrNo.45 Squadron CO
26 Sep 1967 - 29 Jan 1968Wg CdrNo.1 SquadronAdampur CO
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt LtSudesh Kumar Dahar4425 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1964
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Sudesh Kumar Dahar has been employed on Flying Instructor's duties at one of our Jet Training Wings for the past five y ears. Since June 1961, he is serving in that Unit as Flight Commander. Out of a total of nearly 3000 hours of flying, he has flown about 1200 hours as an instructor on Jet aircraft. All through his stay at the Jet Training Wing, this officer has set an excellent personal example which is a source of inspiration to his fellow instructors in the performance of their duties. Time and again he had been entrusted with difficult trainees, with all of whom he succeeded in achieving remarkable results.

Flight Lieutenant Dahar has displayed devotion to duty and professional skill of a high order.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964.
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrSudesh Kumar Dahar4425 GD(P)Award Date 01 Sep 1965Announced 01 Jan 1966
Details :

Squadron Leader Sudesh Kumar Dahar was the leader of a Vampire force, which went in action on 1st September 1965 in the Chhamb sector, where a Pakistani force had crossed the border and attacked our positions with heavy armour. Squadron Leader Dahar led the first section, which destroyed six enemy Patton tanks, one anti-aircraft gun position, several trucks and many enemy troops in that area. His section of four Vampire aircraft was attacked by anti-aircraft guns and also by Sabre jets. Skillfully handing the situation, he brought three aircraft safely back to base after a successful mission.

His complete disregard of his personal safety was a source of inspiration to the other pilots and his squadron continued to inflict crushing blows on the enemy, destroying enemy supply lines petrol dumps railway wagons, conveys and encampments.

The courage and determination displayed by Squadron Leader Sudesh Kumar Dahar were in the highest traditions of the Air Force.

Unit : 45 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 12th February 1966 - No.15 - Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
29 Jan 1968MiG-21FLWg Cdr Sudesh Kumar Dahar VrC*
1Cr after Flypast - Went into cloud - Disoriented