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Squadron Leader Manohar Pandurang Rane

Service No 9763 Branch F(P)

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Date of Birth:
Date Commissioned 16 Oct 1965 Course 94 Course
Service End Died in Service 01 May 1979
Remarks :
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
25 Sep 1978 - 01 May 1979Sqn LdrNo.104 Helicopter UnitSarsawa CO
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Shaurya Chakra
Sqn LdrManohar Pandurang Rane9763 F(P)Award Date 01 May 1979Announced 26 Jan 1980
Details :

On 01 May 79, Squadron Leader Manohar Pandurang Rane was detailed to fly the Chief of the Staff from Halwara to Barnala and back. On completion of task, when he was flying the helicopter back to base, the rotor blade spacing cables broke and severed two of the three controls rods to the rotor head. This left him with no control over the attitude or descent path of the helicopter. He assessed the performance what little control remained and gradually managed to coax the aircraft into a slightly nose-up descent path. Realizing that he would not be able to slow down the descent rate, he shut down the engine as there was no other alternative. Unfortunately the helicopter crashed and caught fire and Squadron Leader Rane lost his life.

Squadron Leader Manohar Pandurang Rane thus displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Unit : 104 HU
Reference : Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
01 May 1979ChetakSqn Ldr M P Rane*
104Cr 45 Km fm Halwara 4 CK