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Wing Commander Chetan Swaroop Kataria

Service No & Branch 7605 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 25 Apr 1943 Commissioned: 25 Jul 1963 Course: 83 Course
Service End: Retired on 26 Oct 1986 Died on 07 Feb 1989 (46 Years age) Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 25 Jul 1964Wg Cdr : 20 Nov 1981
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

03 May 1974 - 04 May 1976Sqn LdrNo.104 Helicopter UnitHindon Commanding Officer
12 Jan 1980 - 31 Mar 1982Wg CdrNo.110 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrChetan Swaroop Kataria7605 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1977
Details :

Squadron Leader Chetan Swaroop Kataria has been the Officer Commanding of a VIP Communication Helicopter Unit since May, 1974. He has a total of 3300 hours of accident free flying to his credit and has been responsible for the training of many new pilots and in improving the categorization state of his unit to a very high operational standard. He not only discharged his duties well out also undertook numerous mercy missions find flood relief operations in Punjab and Rajasthan in 1975. Because of his exceptional organizational ability, guidance find devoted supervision, the unit flew 3600 accident free hours within a period of 19 months. He successfully organised the development of a battery-operated portable refuelling rig for Chetak helicopter, on no cost basis, in his unit, which is a creditable achievement.

On 16th October 1975, Squadron Leader Kataria, while on a night training flight noticed that his helicopter had developed engine trouble due to material failure, with total loss of engine torque and heavy reduction in the rotor RPM. He faced the hazardous situation calmly and landed safely without any damage to the helicopter.

Squadron Leader Chetan Swaroop Kataria has displayed courage, high professional skill and devotion to duly of a high order.

Unit : 104 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 27th May 1978 - No.29- Pres/78 dated 26th January 1977

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
03 Jun 1966Mil Mi-4Fg Offr Chetan Swaroop Kataria
Plt Offr Tarsem Lal Bhardwaj
Crashed at Mokukchun
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