Awards for 59 Sqn


A total of 3 Awards are listed.
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Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Baldev Singh 5007 GD(P)Unit : 59 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 63
Details : As a pilot and a Flight commander of a logistical air support squadron between February 1960 and January 1962, Flight Lieutenant Baldev Singh has carried out more than 1200 hours of operational flying over NEFA and NHTA. All this flying was done on single engine aircraft, which had to operate from small unmanned landing grounds situated in narrow and dangerous valleys, and unpredictable weather conditions. Earlier, he served two years in a transport squadron in the J & K area. He has shown great courage and devotion to duty in successfully carrying out the tasks assigned to him.
Reference: Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Suresh Chandra Bhakey 5107 GD(P)Unit : 59 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 63
Details : Flight Lieutenant Suresh Chandra Bhakay has been employed in a logistical air support squadron in NEFA and Nagaland since April 1962. He has flown more than 1500 hours on single engine aircraft and has made 575 landings at advanced landing grounds, mostly situated I hilly terrain where flying hazards were aggravated by strong cross winds and generally unfavourable weather conditions. On several occasions, he was called upon to undertake on an average five hours of flying per day for months together. Flight Lieutenant Bhakay has carried out the tasks assigned to him in an admirable manner and has displayed commendable courage and professional skill.
Reference: Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Fg Offr Jagbir Singh Rai 6507 GD(P)Unit : 59 Sqn  Award Date 29 Feb 64 Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : Flying Officer Jagbir Singh Rai has been serving with a Logistic Support Squadron in NEFA. He has carried out nearly 600 operational sorties and has made nearly .500 landings in forward airfield/advance landing grounds. On 29th February 1964, Flying Officer Rai was on an operational mission flying from Dinjan to Tilling in NEFA. When the aircraft came over a river valley surrounded by high mountains and snow covered peaks, he heard a loud noise in the engine and experienced a sudden loss of power. Realising that there was no suitable area for a forced landing. Flying Officer Rai immediately turned back towards the nearest airfield at Pasighat. When he was about 10 miles from there, his engine caught fire, and thick smoke and oil covered the entire windscreen and obscured his view. Though nearly chocked by smoke he tried lo control the fire. Ultimately he crash-landed in a small river bed, sustaining severe injuries to his legs and arms. He extricated himself from the wreckage, crawled to a pool of water nearby and stayed there till he was rescued. Flying Officer Jagbir Singh Rai displayed courage and professional skill of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

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