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Wing Commander Lalit Kumar Dutta

Service No & Branch 6506 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 26 May 1962 Course: 81 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 1982 Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 26 May 1963Flt Lt : 26 May 1967Wg Cdr : 15 Jun 1980
Training and Other Courses Attended
19 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1960
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Mar 1971 - 31 Jan 1974Sqn LdrNo.107 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
12 Dec 1979 - 25 Oct 1981Wg CdrNo.109 Helicopter UnitJammu Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt LtLalit Kumar Dutta6506 GD(P)Award Date Announced 01 Jan 1966
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan, Flight Lieutenant Lalit Kumar Dutta, a senior pilot of a Helicopter Unit, carried out eighty one sorties and flew fifty seven hours under very adverse conditions and from quickly improvised helipads, just behind our advancing troops and within the range of enemy's small arms fire.

At a great personal risk, Flight Lieutenant Lalit Kumar Dutta carried out eighteen offensive sorties, bombing and straffing strongholds of infiltrators effectively. He flew twenty five sorties evacuating sick and wounded soldiers, thus many saving valuable lives. He also flew thirty sorties to convey ammunition and essential supplies for sustaining the forward picquets. He operated from an airfield which was under constant threat of enemy air raids without warning.

Flight Lieutenant Lalit Kumar Dutta has displayed a great sense of responsibility, courage and devotion to duty which are in the best tradition of the Indian Air Force.

Unit : 111 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966
Bar to Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrLalit Kumar Dutta6506 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1973
Details :

Squadron Leader Lalit Kumar Dutta, while commanding a Helicopter Unit, was entrusted with the task of Casualty Evacuation, Air Maintenance and Reconnaissance, at a forward base, in the Western Sector. In addition to other tasks at his own base, he himself, flew a number of sorties, and in this, he not only exhibited total dedication to the service with complete disregard to personal safety, but also high professional skill, courage and outstanding qualities of leadership. He thus instilled confidence amongst his officers and men thereby inspiring them to undertake various types of missions in the face of the enemy. In addition, he always found the time to look after the welfare of his officers and men.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Lalit Kumar Dutta displayed courage, leadership and devotion to duty.

Unit : 107 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973
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