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Air Commodore Rajinder Pal Singh Dhillon

Service No & Branch 7741 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- -- Commissioned: 28 Oct 1963 Course: 85 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Aug 1996 Nick Name : Tiger
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 24 Aug 1982Gp Capt : 30 Jun 1986Acting Air Cmde : 13 May 1991Air Cmde : 17 Sep 1991
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

05 Dec 1975 - 06 Jun 1979Sqn LdrNo.121 Helicopter FlightBombay Commanding Officer
14 Aug 1981 - 08 May 1983Wg CdrNo.117 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
09 May 1983 - 03 Jul 1985Wg CdrNo.111 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
14 Oct 1985 - 03 Feb 1988Gp Capt30 WingSarsawa (Saharanpur) Station Commander
13 May 1991 - 29 Dec 1992Air Cmde21 WingLeh Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 1993 - 01 Jan 1995Air CmdeCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air-II
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Shaurya Chakra
Sqn LdrRajinder Pal Singh Dhillon7741 F(P)Award Date 24 Jan 1975Announced 01 Jul 1975
Details :

Squadron Leader Rajinder Pal Singh Dhillon (7741) was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Indian Air Force in November, 1962. He has been serving as the Flight Commander of a Helicopter Unit since March, 1974.

On the 24th January, 1975, he was detailed to carry out the earth quake relief operations in Himachal Pradesh. The weather on this day was extremely inclement and the hostile terrain made flying efforts an extremely hazardous. With a deep sense of devotion, relentless zeal and determination, he executed his task with true professionalism. Throughout that day he braved and battled against weather and terrain and delivered his vital loads of relief material and evacuated those in need of urgent medical attention. During subsequent missions, he executed daring landings at untried helipads and precision drops at miniature Dropping Zones. During these operations he flew a total of 32 stories and airlifted and large quantities of material which resulted in timely relief to the affected people.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Rajinder Pal Singh Dhillon displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st May 1976 - No.34 - Pres/76 dated 1st July 1975
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrRajinder Pal Singh Dhillon7741 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1978
Details :

Squadron Leader Rajinder Pal Singh Dhillon has been commanding a Helicopter Flight since 5th December, 1975. During his tenure, the unit has undertaken ever-increasing commitments in connection with the Oil and Natural Gas Commission's off-shore tasks, the successful completion of which have brought laurels to the Air Force. Undeterred by the shortage of pilots, Squadron Leader Dhillon himself took the heavy flying commitments and carried out 600 hours of flying on support mission in connection with the drilling operations of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission.

As Unit Commander, Squadron Leader Dhillon ensured all personnel under him worked as a team and completed all tasks assigned to them to the complete satisfaction of the higher authorities. He has flown over 150 sorties on duties connected with the transportation of dignitaries in far-flung areas of the country as well as abroad. He has to his credit a total of 5,200 hours of flying on jets and helicopters.

Squadron Leader Rajinder Pal Singh Dhillon thus displayed professional competence, leadership and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Unit : 121 HF
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd December 1979 - No.67- Pres/79 dated 26th January 1978
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