Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Wing Commander Harsern Singh Gill

Service No & Branch 4657 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 06 Jul 1933 Commissioned: 16 Jan 1954 Course: 62 Course
Service End: Died in Service 13 Dec 1971 (38 Years age) Aircraft Accident Nick Name :
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Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 16 Jan 1955Flt Lt : 09 Mar 1959Sqn Ldr : 09 Mar 1965Wg Cdr : 01 Sep 1971
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

30 Nov 1970 - 02 Mar 1972Wg CdrNo.47 SquadronHindon Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrHarsern Singh Gill4657 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Squadron Leader Hersern Singh Gill was one of the first pilots to be selected to fly a highly sophisticated aircraft introduced in the Indian Air Force. Since then, he has been actively connected with this aircraft either a Flight Commander or as a Staff Officer. He holds a Master Green instrument rating on the aircraft, and is an Instrument Rating Instructor. Due to his efforts, his Squadron attained 100% instrument rating and a very high operational state on the new type of aircraft. He was selected by Air Command to give a low level aerobatic demonstration on the aircraft on two occasions during the visits of foreign dignitaries.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Hersern Singh Gill displayed professional skill, leadership and devotion to duty.

Unit : 47 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971
Vir Chakra
Wg CdrHarsern Singh Gill4657 F(P)Award Date 13 Dec 1971Announced 26 Jan 1974
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Wing Commander Hersern Singh Gill was commanding a Fighter Squadron in the Western sector. He led several operational missions on air defence, close support and counter air operations during the period 3rd December, 1971 to 13th December, 1971. He set an inspiring example to his pilots with his fearless approach, flying skill and dedication to his duties. His Squadron shot down one enemy F-104 aircraft over Jamnagar and hit another F-104 aircraft on 11th and 12th December 1971 respectively. Disregarding his personal safety and with great courage and skill, he undertook strie mission over the Badin Signals Unit Complex in the face of intense enemy Anti-Aircraft fire. On the 13th December 1971 he undertook another strike mission on the same target. During this attack his aircraft was shot down by the enemy Anti-Aircraft fire.

Throughout these operations, Wing Commander Hersern Singh Gill displayed gallantry, leadership and professional skill of a very high order.

Unit : 47 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 11th May 1974 - No.74 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1974

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
13 Dec 1971MiG-21 FLC-705Wg Cdr Harsern Singh Gill +
47 SqnSD AAA near Badin
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