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Group Captain Gursaran Singh Ahluwalia

Service No & Branch 4912 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 16 Apr 1955 Course: 65 Course
Service End: Retired on 22 Jun 1980 Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 16 Apr 1956Flt Lt : 16 Apr 1960Sqn Ldr : 16 Apr 1966Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1975
Acting Gp Capt : 17 Apr 1978Gp Capt : 19 Sep 1978
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- 01 Dec 1971Sqn LdrNo.44 Squadron Flight Commander
17 Aug 1978 - 27 Apr 1980Gp Capt10 WingJorhat Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Mention in Despatches
Flt LtGursaran Singh Ahluwalia4912 GD(P)Award Date Announced 03 Apr 1964
Details : Flight LIeutenant Gurusaran Singh Ahluwalia is posted in one of the heavy transport squadrons in the NEFA area. This officer has always volunteered to undertake any harzardous mission that was assigned to the squadron from time to time. On many occassions Flight Lieutenant Ahluwalia flew as much as 9 hours a day without any break. Flight Lieutenant Ahluwalia's voluntary efforts and willingness to undertake any difficult task assigned to him have been an example of devotion to duty for his colleagues to emulate. He flew over 240 hours on oprations in two months time, and carried out a nunber of successful supply dropping sorties in Dhola area. This officer has displayed a great sense of loyalty, courage and devotion to duty under difficult circumstances.
Unit : 48 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 11th April 1964 - No.35 - Pres/64. dated 3rd April 1964
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrGursaran Singh Ahluwalia4912 F(P)Award Date 06 Dec 1971Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Gursaran Singh Ahluwalia was the Senior Flight Commander of a Bomber Squadron. He was largely responsible for the initial planning, tactics, weapon delivery system and overall supervision in the conduct of bomber operations of the unit. His planning and execution, which included his leading seven missions into enemy territory with courage and successfully completing them in spite of his aircraft being damaged on three missions due to heavy flak acted as a source of inspiration to the air and ground crew.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Gursaran Singh Ahluwalia displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 44 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
07 Sep 1956OuraganPlt Offr Gursaran Singh Ahluwalia
2 SqnTO from Ambala Cr L

Additional Notes

Remarks: Colours of Glory Note added: 2021-01-30

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