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Group Captain Kailash Chandra Khanna

Service No 4722 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 21 Dec 1934
Date Commissioned 17 Jul 1954 Course 63 Course
Service End Died in Service
Remarks : k Road Acc Egypt
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1971 - Wg CdrNo.101 SquadronAdampur CO
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Kailash Chandra Khanna4722 GD(P)Award Date Announced 01 Jan 1966
Details :

On 10th September, 1965, Squadron Leader Kailash Chander Khanna took off from Halwara as No. 4 in a formation of four Gnat aircraft to provide air cover to two Canberra sections on a bombing mission in enemy territory. All went according to plan and first Canberra was escorted to its target in the Kasur area and brought back safely. A rendezvous with the second section was made the four Gnats again proceeded to the target area.

As the two Canberra dropped their bombs, two enemy aircraft were reported. Just then Squadron Leader Khanna noticed that there was malfunction in the fuel system and his low level fuel warning light indicated that, at the height and speed, at which he was flying, he had little over 3 minutes fuel in the aircraft. The nearest landing ground was nearly eighty miles away.

Not wishing to divide the formation leader's attention between protection of Canberra and his own emergency, Squadron Leader Khanna decided not to inform the leader of his plight. Only when the Canberras had been escorted to the safety of own territory did Squadron Leader Khanna call out his emergency.

He then took a timely and bold decision to gain altitude and switch off the engine to conserve the remaining fuel. Thereafter, he glided towards Halwara and re-lighted the engine of circuit. As he was turning finals to land, his engine flamed out for lack of fuel but he carried out a successful landing.

Squadron Leader Kailash Chander Khanna displayed a sense of duty and discipline which were in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Unit : 18 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrKailash Chandra Khanna4722 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : CO, No. 101 Sukhoi Sqn.
Unit : 101 Squadron
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