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Wing Commander Krishan Kant Saini

Service No 4436 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 26 Oct 1931
Date Commissioned 17 Jan 1953 Course 59 Course
Service End Died in Service 01 Mar 1979
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Jan 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1970
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Aug 1963 - 21 Jan 1965Sqn LdrNo. 104 Helicopter UnitPalam CO
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vir Chakra
Flt LtKrishan Kant Saini4436 GD(P)Award Date 18 Nov 1962Announced 10 Jan 1963
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Krishan Kant Saini had been operating in NEFA area since October, 1960. On 18th November, 1962, he , along with his co-pilot was evacuating seriously injured battle casualties in Walong area. He was instructed to land at a helipad close to the enemy line which was reported to be clear of enemy troops. When he was over the helipad, Chinese troops opened fire from many directions. His helicopter was hit at several places; the main reducter was damaged and oil from it gushed out in a thick spray which blinded him temporarily. His right ankle was also injured by a splinter and he was bleeding profusely. With great determination, presence of mind and skill, he dived the helicopter almost to ground level in order to avoid further damage from enemy fire. He thus saved the helicopter and the lives of his co-pilot and passengers. In spite of the damaged hydraulic system and the personal injury, he skillfully brought the aircraft back to base.

Flight Lieutenant Saini displayed courage, determination and professional skill of a high order.

Unit : 110 HU
Reference : Gazette of India , 11th January 1964 - No.3 - Pres/64 dated 1st January 1964
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrKrishan Kant Saini4436 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1970
Details :

Wing Commander Krishna Kant Saini joined the IAF in January 1953. During his service career, he has held many important flying appointments, including the command of a Squadron. He was detailed to carry out environmental trials of four different types of helicopter during the period November 1968-August 1969. These trials entailed flying at very high altitudes in difficult terrain and in adverse weather conditions. On a number of occasions, he faced hazardous situations with exceptional skill and courage. On the 8th May 1969, during the course of an evaluation trial, he landed and took off from an altitude of 22,500 feet bettering a world record for any class of helicopter. Throughout, Wing Commander Krishan Kant Saini displayed exceptional skill and courage.

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Reference : Gazette of India dated 25th April 1970 - No.16 - Pres/70 dated 26th January 1970
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrKrishan Kant Saini4436 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1974Announced 26 Jan 1974
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