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Squadron Leader Surendranath Kedarnath Gupta

Service No & Branch 5681 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- -- Commissioned: 07 Feb 1959 Course: 74 Course
Service End: Retired on 01 Jul 1979
Remarks : FTW(69) 7Sqn (71)
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
01 Jan 1976 - 01 Jan 1977Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrSurendranath Kedarnath Gupta5681 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Squadron Leader Surendranath Kedarnath Gupta has been in Training Command as a Qualified Flying Instructor since April 1965. During this period, he has flown a total of 1645 hours of which 1,352 hours were on instructional duties. He has a total of 3,020 flying hours to his credit. On 26th June 1969, he was detailed to ferry a jet aircraft from Hakimpet to Kanpur. When about 70 miles from Nagpur, he experienced severe engine vibrations, which compelled him to reduce power, which in turn caused the aircraft to lose height. Despite this, the vibrations became more severe. On descending to about 10,000 feet, he estimated that by shutting down the engine to prevent further damage he would still be able to land at Nagpur airfield. He thereupon switched off the engine and brought the aircraft down to an engineƂĀ­off landing at Nagpur airfield, and thus saved the aircraft.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Surendranath Kedarnath Gupta displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

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

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
04 Dec 1971Hunter F56BA-287Sqn Ldr Surendranath Kedarnath Gupta
7 SqnDam AAA Fire Ejected
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