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Group Captain Aruna Kumar Datta

Service No & Branch 9738 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 15 Sep 1945 Commissioned: 16 Oct 1965 Course: 94 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 1994 Died on 24 Aug 2012 (67 Years age) Nick Name : Buzz
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 16 Oct 1966Wg Cdr : 30 Aug 1985Gp Capt : 08 Feb 1989
Training and Other Courses Attended
26 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 19644 PTP (Flt Lt) - 22 Oct 197535 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 24 Nov 1979
Badges Qualified
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Sqn Ldr

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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

01 Oct 1966 - 01 Mar 1967Plt OffrNo.24 SquadronKalaikunda Squadron Pilot
01 Mar 1967 - 01 Mar 1968Fg OffrNo.7 SquadronHindon Squadron Pilot
01 Mar 1968 - 01 Mar 1970Fg OffrNo.9 SquadronHalwara Squadron Pilot
01 Mar 1970 - 01 Jun 1975Flt LtNo.29 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
01 Oct 1975 - 01 Jun 1977Sqn Ldr5 Base Repair DepotOzhar Test Pilot
01 Jun 1977 - 01 Dec 1978Sqn LdrNo.22 SquadronHashimara Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1980 - 01 Mar 1983Sqn LdrNo.45 SquadronJamnagar Flight Commander
01 Apr 1983 - 01 May 1985Sqn LdrHALOzhar Test Pilot
01 May 1985 - 01 Apr 1988Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
17 Apr 1988 - 31 Dec 1990Gp Capt32 WingJodhpur Chief Operations Officer
01 Dec 1990 - 01 May 1991Gp CaptSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur Ops 1A
21 Jun 1993 - 30 Sep 1994Gp CaptDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Flt LtAruna Kumar Datta9738 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistani in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Aruna Kumar Datta flew several operational missions while serving with a detachment of a Fighter Squadron. On the 12th December, 19711, while he was escorting a strike mission, the leader of the escort mission spotted two enemy F-104 aircraft constituting direct threat to our strike force. Both the enemy aircraft were immediately engaged by Flight Lieutenant Datta and his leader. Flight Lieutenant Datta got behind one of the enemy aircraft but it rolled out and attempted to escape. With great skill he manoeuvred his aircraft behind the enemy and fired both his missiles at an interval of 3-4 seconds, and destroyed the enemy aircraft.

In this action, Flight Lieutenant Aruna Kumar Datta displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 29 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972
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