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Squadron Leader Suresh Haribhav Apte

Service No 9735 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth:
Date Commissioned 16 Oct 1965 Course 94 Course
Service End Retired on 29 Nov 1980
Remarks :
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Sqn Ldr
Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Shaurya Chakra
Sqn LdrSuresh Haribhav Apte9735 F(P)Award Date 18 May 1984Announced 26 Jan 1985
Details :

Squadron Leader Suresh Haribhav Apte has been engaged in test flying duties at HAL Bangalore complex since November, 1976. On the 18th May, 1984, Sqn Ldr Apte experienced an engine failure on his HPT-32 prototype aircraft due to fuel supply problems. He was at a height of 1000 feet which was barely sufficient to make a forced landing at the airfield. However, with great skill and cool courage he made a 90 degree turn at 50 ft. altitude and made a perfect landing on the runway.

Squadron Leader Suresh Haribhav Apte thus displayed undaunted courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : HAL
Reference : Gazette of India , 16th March 1985 - No.?? - Pres/85 dated 26th January 1985