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Air Vice Marshal Puran Chandra Singh Rautela

Service No 9576 Branch AE(L)
Date of Birth: 12 May 1944
Date Commissioned 24 Aug 1965 Course
Service End Retired on 31 May 2002
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Promotions Gazetted
Gp Capt : 01 Jul 1989Air Cmde : 20 Nov 1995AVM : 01 Dec 2000
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vishist Seva Medal
Flt LtPuran Chandra Singh Rautela9576 MEDAward Date 26 Jan 1973Announced 26 Jan 1973
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Shaurya Chakra
Sqn LdrPuran Chandra Singh Rautela9576 AE(L)Award Date 11 Oct 1978Announced 26 Jan 1980
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An aircraft was lost in October, 1967 in Kulkila Glacier area of Lahul-Spiti at the height of 15,000 and 18,000 feet. In October, 1978, Squadron Leader Puran Chandra Singh Rautela, VSM, volunteered to undertake the expedition to locate the wreckage and the body of the pilot. Despite adverse weather conditions, he undertook the journey as snow would have obliterated the traces of wreckage. On the way he saved the life of a Japanese tourist suffering from acute pulmonary edema at a height of 13,000 feet by offering him the limited oxygen available to the team. Though deserted by the majority of porters, he continued to lead the expedition under dangerous weather conditions with temperature at -30°C and wind speed of 50 knots. During the course of operation, on one occasion, he was buried to the neck-deep in loose snow. Inspite of this, he inspired confidence in the members of his team through personal example and carried on the expedition and ultimately discovered the wreckage of the aircraft lost nearly 11 years ago and carried the wreckage back to the base.

In this action, Squadron Leader Puran Chandra Singh Rautela displayed exemplary courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 33 SU
Reference : Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMPuran Chandra Singh Rautela9576 MEDAward Date 26 Jan 2001Announced 26 Jan 2001
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