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Squadron Leader Hugh Lancelot Ford

Service No & Branch 4579 GD(P)

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Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 14 Oct 1953 Course: 61 Course
Service End: Retired on 21 Sep 1970 Resigned Nick Name : Henry
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A1
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Oct 1954Flt Lt : 14 Oct 1958Sqn Ldr : 14 Oct 1964
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1957 - 01 Jan 1960Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
09 Mar 1964 - 29 Aug 1965Sqn LdrNo.24 Squadron Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrHugh Lancelot Ford4579 GD(P)Award Date 26 Oct 1966Announced 26 Jan 1967
Details :

Squadron Leader Hugh Lancelot Ford has been an instructor on deputation to the Iraq Air Force since November 1965. On 26th October, 1966, he was the leader of a pair of aircraft and was carrying out dual instruction with his pupil. While descending, his aircraft caught fire. The aircraft at that time was at a low altitude and over marshy terrain. Squadron Leader Ford tried to extinguish the fire but did not succeed. In these circumstances, instead of ejecting, he, at great personal risk, decided to forceand the aircraft. By accurate judgment und professional skill, he successfully force landed the aircraft in a small field without injury to his pupil or damage to the aircraft.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Hugh Lancelot Ford displayed courage and professional skill.

Unit : Indian Training Team, Ira
Reference : Gazette of India dated 1st April, 1967 - No.24-Pres/67 dated 26th January 1967
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