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Wing Commander John Albert Ratnam Balraj

Service No & Branch 4575 F(P)
Date of Birth: 01 Dec 1932 Commissioned: 14 Oct 1953 Course: 61 Course Entry Mode : Airmen
Service End: Retired on 10 Jun 1975 Resigned / Died on 01 Feb 2002 (70 Years age)
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Oct 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1971
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1966 - 01 Jan 1967Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
01 Jan 1968 - 30 Apr 1968Sqn LdrNo.31 SquadronPathankot Flight Commander
- 01 May 1975Wg Cdr4 Forward Base Support UnitJaisalmer Station Commander
01 Jun 1968 - 01 Jan 1972Wg Cdr18 WingPathankot Officer in Charge Flying
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtJohn Albert Ratnam Balraj4575 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1964
Details :

Flight Lieutenant John Albert Ratnam Balraj was operating in a Fighter Reconnaissance Squadron in NEFA and NHTA area during 1961/62. He established a highly commendable fighter reconnaissance and ground attack record in operation "Raji" in spite of LMG fire from Naga hostiles. He also spotted two hostile Naga camps in that area and acted as the pathfinder aircraft.

Besides his 45 sorties in operation "Raji", he did 28 sorties in NEFA sector on reconnaissance missions. In another operation he carried out two vital reconnaissance missions around Dhola post.

Flight Lieutenant Balraj displayed courage, leadership and determination in the discharge of his duties.

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Reference : Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964.
Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn LdrJohn Albert Ratnam Balraj4575 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1966Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details :

Squadron Leader John Albert Ratnam Balraj the Commanding officer of an operational squadron carried out sixteen operational sorties out of which eight were low level tactical missions over enemy territory. During these missions he operated at the extreme limits of aircraft's radius of action, very often under enemy Ack. Ack. and light machine gun fire. In addition, he flew eight combat air patrols over his base, operating under difficult conditions. Squa dron Leader Balraj exhibited excellent flying sill and devotion to duty and has rendered distinguished service of a high order.

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Reference : GoI19660126No20
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