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Air Commodore Kenneth Rodney Dutton

Service No & Branch 5873 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- -- Commissioned: 28 May 1960 Course: 77 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1994
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 18 Sep 1979Acting Gp Capt : 18 Oct 1982Gp Capt : 26 Oct 1983Air Cmde : 01 Feb 1988
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
31 Mar 1970 - 31 Jan 1971Sqn LdrNo.110 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
15 Feb 1974 - 24 Aug 1975Sqn LdrNo.107 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
08 Feb 1979 - 28 Jan 1980Wg Cdr21 WingLeh Station Commander
08 Oct 1984 - 30 Nov 1986Gp CaptAFS MumbaiMumbai Station Commander
07 Mar 1989 - 08 Sep 1989Air Cmde19 WingBorjhar (Guwahati) Air Officer Commanding
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrKenneth Rodney Dutton5873 F(P)Award Date 15 Feb 1974Announced 26 Jan 1976
Details : Squadron Leader Kenneth Rodney Dutton has been commanding a helicopter unit since 15th February 1974, which has a dual operational and type conversion role. He has been largely responsible for the evolution of safe operating procedures for helicopters in desert terrain and is currently well well advanced in trials for special opcrations by night. He has 4750 accident free flying hours to his credit. On 24th February. 1975, while demonstrating turns in a hover, the tail rotor-cable of his helicopter snapped. It resulted in complete loss of directional control at a very crucial stage of flight. In this grave situation Squadron Leader Dutton acted with remarkable speed and presence of mind by using engine torque to counter the vicious yaw and landed the aircraft safely thus averting a very serious accident. In this action, Squadron Leader Kenneth Rodney Dutton displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Unit : 107 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976
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