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Flight Lieutenant Satnam Singh Sodhi

Service No & Branch 5181 GD(P)
Date of Birth: Commissioned: 25 Aug 1956 Course: 69 Course Entry Mode : NDA
Service End: Died in Service 22 Nov 1963
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 25 Oct 1961
Training and Other Courses Attended
10 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1955
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtSatnam Singh Sodhi5181 GD(P)Award Date 04 Oct 1962Announced 26 Jan 1963
Details :

On 4th October 1962, one of our helicopters was stranded in Galwan outpost. In order to rescue its crew, it was essential to send a relief helicopter with a servicing party. No pilot was competent to undertake this difficult task was immediately available. Flight lieutenant Satnam Singh Sodhi, who was being trained for operations in the Ladakh area volunteered to carry out this hazardous mission though he had only 78 hour of flying experience on this type of aircraft and was not familiar with the area. Tough considerable risk was involved, Flight Lieutenant Sodhi was permitted to proceed on this mission. He landed at Galwan successfully at approximately 1630 hours in fading light. Immediately after th e servicing party had alighted, he flew out the stranded crew to a safer place.

In voluntarily undertaking this task, for which he was not fully qualified, Flight Lieutenant Satnam Singh Sodhi displayed a great sense of responsibility and a high degree of professional skill.

Unit : 107 HU
Reference : Gazette of India 16th February 1963 - No. 21-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
22 Nov 1963ChetakFlt Lt Satnam Singh Sodhi +
AVM Erlic Wilmot Pinto +
107 HUCr at poonch 6 kille
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