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Air Commodore Narinder Singh Arora

Service No & Branch 4983 F(P) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: 15 Jun 1931 Commissioned: 08 Oct 1955 Course: 66 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Jun 1985 / Died on 12 Sep 2004 (73 Years age)
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1975Acting Gp Capt : 20 Jun 1977Gp Capt : 16 Dec 1978Acting Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1982
Air Cmde : 21 Apr 1983
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Aug 1971 - 01 Mar 1972Sqn LdrElementary Flying SchoolBidar Chief Flying Instructor
18 May 1974 - 31 Oct 1976Wg CdrNo.44 SquadronChandigarh Commanding Officer
12 Oct 1981 - Gp CaptDte Agri AviationDelhi Director (Ops & Trg)
25 Aug 1982 - 30 Jun 1985Air CmdeAFS New DelhiRace Course Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrNarinder Singh Arora4983 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1968
Details :

Squadron Leader Narinder Singh Arora has been on the strength of a transport squadron since October 1966. He has flown a total of 4600 hours including 2200 hours over Jammu and Kashmir and NEFA areas. He has always volunteered for any new tasks that were assigned to the squadron and accomplished them. On the 30th April 1960, when his aircraft had an engine failure during a sortie in the Ladakh area, he took proper collective action immediately and brought the aircraft safely to base without any damage to Service property or injury to the crew.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Narinder Singh Arora displayed professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

Unit : 44 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 8th June 1968 - No.35 - Pres/68 dated 26th January 1968
Bar to Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrNarinder Singh Arora4983 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

On 9th September 1969, Squadron Leader Narinder Singh Arora was conducting an aircrew categorisation test in a transport aircraft. During the flight, the aircraft suddenly skidded to the left. He and the second pilot, who was undergoing the test, struggled with the controls in an effort to keep the aircraft on an even keel. Having ensured that all the engines were functioning normally, he tried to trim the rudder with his trimming control but there was no response. Due to mechanical defect, the rudder trimmer had moved to fhe fully left position and was not responding to corrections. In spite of the efforts of both the pilots, the aircraft continued to lose direction and height. The incident occurred at a height of 2.3 KM and 15 miles west of the airfield. Eventually, Squadron Leader Arora fertrhered No. 4 engine and increased power of No. 1 aind this combination gave him just enough directional control to bring the aircraft down to a safe landing.

In this action, Squadron Leader Arora displayed cool courage and high professional still and thus saved a valuable aircraft and the lives of its crew.

Unit : 44 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971
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