|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|
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|01 Jan 1957 - 01 Jan 1960||Flt Lt||Flying Instructors School||Tambaram||Flying Instructor|
|09 Mar 1964 - 29 Aug 1965||Sqn Ldr||No.24 Squadron||Commanding Officer|
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|Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)|
|Sqn Ldr||Hugh Lancelot Ford||4579 GD(P)||Award Date 26 Oct 1966||Announced 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|