|Service No & Branch||7307 AE(M)|
|Date of Birth: -- --- ----||Commissioned: 10 Apr 1963||Course: 23 DEO Course|
|Service End:||Retired on 25 Nov 1986|
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|Vishist Seva Medal|
|Flt Lt||Balasubramanian Chandran||7307 TECH||Award Date 26 Jan 1971||Announced 26 Jan 1971|
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Flight Lieutenant Balasubramanian Chandran (7307) Technical/Engineering was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in April 1963. During his brief service career, he has displayed able leadership and high professional acumen. He has been serving as Engineering Officer in a Helicopter Unit in one of the forward areas on the Northern Border since 1967.
At the Helicopter Unit, Flight Lieutenant Chandran organised winter maintenance of the aircraft and brought winter serviceability at par with that in summer. On more than one occasion he was responsible for retrieving helicopter aircraft from situations which were considered almost impossible.
On one occasion, a helicopter had accidentally flown into the cables of an aerial ropeway, forcelanding in a small field on the slopes of a hill overlooking a deep gorge. There was continuous torrential rain in the area which made the approach extremely slippery. Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant Chandran reached the spot and assessed the aircraft as repairable at site. He then retraced his steps, organised the repair party returned to the site, where under his personal supervision saw to it that the aircraft was flown out to the base successfully within 48 hours.
On another occasion, a helicopter was stranded with a defective engine at a helipad 14,500 feet AMSL. The minimum temperature was - 26Ã‚Â° C. Despite the bitter cold and the difficulties of working in rarefied atmosphere at that height, Flight lieutenant Chandran successfully carried
out the engine change of the aircraft in record time with the help of two technicians.
On yet another occasion Flight Lieutenant Chandran relied on his experience of repairing a defective helicopter which was stranded at a forward helipad during the winter months. In this case too, the extreme cold and the height of the helipad made repairs difficult. Even so the aircraft was fown out to base successfully within two days.
|Reference : GoI19710126|