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Group Captain Bhagat Singh Bakhshi

Service No 4597 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 14 Feb 1933
Date Commissioned 14 Oct 1953 Course 61 Course
Service End Retired on 28 Feb 1985
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Oct 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1971Acting Gp Capt : 03 May 1979Gp Capt : 18 Sep 1979
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

30 Oct 1981 - 25 Dec 1983Gp CaptAFS KumbhigramKumbhigram Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrBhagat Singh Bakhshi4597 GD(P)Award Date Announced 01 Jan 1966
Details :

Squadron Leader Bhagat Singh Bakhshi took over as officer in charge of a helicopter detachment drawn from three units. The detachment carried out 567 sorties and flew 433 hours within a period of thirty six days from 18th August, 1965 to 22nd September, 1965.

The aircraft operated immediately behind the lines carrying out supply-dropping, bombing and strafing. They evacuated eight hundred and thirty two casualties. They dropped a large number of bombs and fired many rounds of ammunition and conveyed large quantities of ammunition and supplies. This was a vital help to our advancing forces to sustain the newly captured picquets in Jammu and Kashmir.

On 31st August, 1965, Squadron Leader Bakhshi carried out three offensive sorties against the infiltrators, flying at low-levels while attacking the targets. He also carried out thirty logistic sorties and thirteen sorties to evacuate the casualties from quickly fabricated helipads within the range of enemy fire. These sorties were flown from an airfield which was under constant threat of enemy air raid without any warning. Undeterred by such grave dangers, the officer accomplished his difficulty tasks with great determination and zeal and displayed a high degree of professional skill and ability which were in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Unit : 107 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966