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Wing Commander Balkrishan Desoares

Service No & Branch 4502 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 01 Apr 1953 Course: 60 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Oct 1978 Superannuated Nick Name : Chotu
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Apr 1954Flt Lt : 01 Apr 1958Sqn Ldr : 01 Apr 1964Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1971
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Flt Lt
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- Sqn LdrNo.25 Squadron Flight Commander
01 Oct 1970 - Wg Cdr1 WingSrinagar Officer in Charge Flying
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Flt LtBalkrishan Desoares4502 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1962
Details : Since 1954, Flt Lt Balkrishan Desoares (4502) has served 27 months in an operational area in eight active tours. During these tours, he has carried out over a thousand hours of operational flying under very difficult conditions. On one occasion, when he was dropping food supplies over a zone located at 14, 500 feet and his aircraft was only 700 feet above the mountainous terrain, the parachutes attached to the food packages opened and streamed out of the ejection door having been inflated by the slip stream of the aircraft. This sudden drag on the aircraft resulted in the aircraft entering a steep dive. With great presence of mind, he faced the emergency calmly and took necessary remedial measures to correct the attitude of the aircraft thereby saving his crew and himself from certain death. Throughout his tour in the operational area he has always volunteered to fly supply dropping sorties over difficult terrain and has shown great devotion to duty.
Unit : 43 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962
Kirti Chakra
Flt LtBalkrishan Desoares4502 GD(P)Award Date 01 May 1961Announced 15 Aug 1962
Details :

On 1st May 1961 Flt. Lt. Desoares was engaged in a sortie to drop food supplies to an Army detachment on the northeastern border. While nearing the dropping zone, he noticed that his Dakota was losing height very rapidly due to a down draught. Despite all the corrective actions taken, the aircraft-continued to go out of control. Flt. Lt. Desoares, with great presence of mind, skillfully directed the aircraft out of the wooded area and landed it on the snowcovered portion of the hill. On impact, a fuel tank of the aircraft caught fire and a portion of the aircraft disintegrated. Flt. Lt. Desoares though injured managed to extricate himself from the crashed aircraft and pulled his copilot out. He then rushed to the rear of the burning aircraft, in utter disregard of his personal safety, to rescue other personnel who might be injured or trapped.

Flt. Lt. Desoares continued to help his comrades and managed to rescue two of the Army ejection personnel. Thereafter he proceeded to recover the bodies of other crew members from the burning aircraft again disregarding his own personal safety.

Due to the psychological state of the survivors and the extent of their injuries, Flt. Lt. Desoares decided to keep his party near the aircraft for the next two days. With hardly any food, water, or warm clothing, he, by his personal example, infused confidence and courage in the survivors which helped them to pass two nights in a blizzard.

On the third day Flt. Lt. Desoares decided to leave the place of the accident and skillfully led the survivors through treacherous moun tainous terrain and forests with thick undergrowth to safety.

Throughout the operation, Flt. Lt. Desoares displayed the highest form of leadership and devotion to duty, in keeping with the best traditions of the Air Force. His exemplary action will be a source of inspiration to other pilots engaged in similar missions over difficult terrain.

Unit : 43 Sqn
Reference : Notification No. 10-Pres/62 dated 26th January,1962 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 26th January, 1950.

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
01 May 1961Dakota C-47Flt Lt Balkrishan Desoares
Fg Offr Yash Dev Chadha
43 SqnCr at Rhimkhim at 1
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