Awardee List for the 33 Sqn

A total of 5 Awards are listed.
Vayu Sena Medal : 4 | Vishist Seva Medal : 1 |
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sqn Ldr Madan Mohan Arora 3864 GD(P)Unit : No.33 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 67
Details : Squadron Leader Madan Mohan Arora was selected for training in the USA on Caribou aircraft in 1963. On completion of his training, he successfully flew a Caribou aircraft across the North Atlantic despite bad weather conditions and brought the critically needed aircraft to India. He carried out several supply dropping and hazardous missions in NEFA and Nagaland. He has completed 1200 hours of operational flying during the period while his squadron was still in the formative stage. As a flight commander, he has set a very high example to his junior pilots in the squadron. Throughout, Squadron Leader Madan Mohan Arora displayed courage, initiative and devotion to duty.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 1st April, 1967 - No.24-Pres/67 dated 26th January 1967  

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Suresh Seetaram Sane 4501 F(P)Unit : No.33 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Wing Commander Suresh Sitaram Sane has a total of 4,765 hours of flying to his credit, of which a large number has been flown on operational sorties in the Eastern Sector. In January 1969, he assumed Command of a transport squadron and set out to improve its already high operational potential. This he succeeded in doing with a short period of time. By his efforts, a large number of aircrew also obtained their transport categories. Noteworthy amongst his achievements is the recovery of a damaged aircraft from an advanced landing ground where it had met with on accident. In the absence of adequate maintenance facilities at the Advance Landing Ground, the aircraft was only partially repaired but Wing Commander Sane flew it out successfully.

Throughout, Wing Commander Suresh Sita Ram Sane displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Rudra Krishna Bishnoi 9533 F(P)Unit : No.33 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Rudra Krishna Bishnoi was serving with a Transport Squadron in the Eastern Sector. On the 10th December, 1971, he was detailed to undertake a supply dropping mission in support of our forward troops at Sylhet, he took off with full load of ammunition and on arriving over the target faced heavy ground fire. In spite of intense firing from the ground he continued his drop run and delivered the urgently required ammunition to the troops. During the process of drop, his port fuel tank was hit by ground fire in three places and fuel was streaming out and the engine was spluttering. He controlled the crippled aircraft, feathered the engine and carried out a safe single engine landing at a forward base. This emergency drop enabled our troops to overcome the enemy opposition and gain vital advantage. On previous night, he had undertaken three bombing missions in an unarmed transport aircraft over enemy airfields.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Rudra Krishna Bishnoi displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty

Reference: Gazette of India dated 7th October 1972 - No.108 - Pres/72 dated 23rd September 1972 

Vayu Sena Medal
WO Chandra Gopal Shukla 221618 ORUnit : No.33 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
Details :

Warrant Officer Chandra Gopal Shukla Flight Engineer has rendered 26 years of distinguished service and is an asset to the Indian Air Force. He is a highly motivated flier and has always performed his duties as an aviator with great professional zeal, enthusiasm and fervour.

As a Flight Engineer Warrant Officer Shukla has many a firsts to his credit. In the year 1970, when he crossed 1000 hours of operational flying on Caribou aircraft, he was the first Flt Engr to achieve this coveted figure on Caribou in the Eastern theatre. To date, he is the first and only Flt Engr in the Indian Air Force who has the distinction of flying 2000 operational hours on Caribou aircraft in the Eastern sector. In addition he has 1000 operational hours in the Rajasthan sector on Mi­4 helicopters. His tally of 750 hours of flying on Caribou during the year 1981 was a record in itself. He has thus 3000 operational hours to his credit. His airmanship and professional competence are par excellence. He is always cool and confident in the air. His sense of duty and complete respect for discipline are worthy of emulation by his subordinates. His diligence, hard work and sound professional approach have earned him admiration from his superiors.

For his willingness to be ever ready for flying, devotion to duty and the record amount of operational flying, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Warrant Officer Chandra Copal Shukla.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Dinesh Chander Bhardwaj 9545 F(P)Unit : No.33 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 86 Announced 26 Jan 86
Details :

Wing Commander Dinesh Chander Bhardwaj (9545) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Air Force in May 65. He is an experienced pilot with over 4,800 hrs of accident free flying. He holds the highest transport Category and Rating.

He was in Command of a transport squadron from Oct 83 to Dec 84. His Squadron equipped with aircraft which had been in service for over two decades. When he took over command, the aircraft were having several incidents and failures and the reliability was low. Wg Cdr Bhardwaj, in consultation with his Squadron Engineers, devised preventive maintenance which greatly improved the aircraft reliability. During his command of the Squadron met, and even exceeded, the allotted airmaintenance and flying tasks. He also took keen interest in the training of his officers. It is because of his efforts that over 85% of the crew in the Squadron are categorized and large number are holding above the average categories. This could be possible only by his close and active involvement, dedicated and sustained efforts, outstanding managerial and organizing ability and skill, professional capability of a high order and capacity to ensure great personal discomforts for the sake of service. He was able to infuse a high degree of enthusiasm and dedication in his officers and men.

For dedication to duty, high professional standards, and exemplary leadership, the President is pleased to award the Vishisht Seva Medal to Wing Commander Dinesh Chander Bhardwaj.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1986 Number: 

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