Awards for the year 1977


A total of 31 Awards are listed.
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Padma Vibhushan
Air Chief Marsh Om Prakash Mehra 1639 F(P)Unit : Air HQ  Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Anand Ramdas Pandit 1707 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Gian Dev Sharma 1742 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Waman Raghunath Dani 1807 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Harnam Singh Keshub 3468 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Subramaniam Raghavendran 3840 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Satya Sagar Sahgal 3777 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Permanand Ramnany 3453 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Karan Yadav 4200 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Krishnaswamy Subramanian 4213 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Shaurya Chakra
Cpl Venkat Phani Raju Kala 267944 ORUnit : 12 Wing  Award Date 25 Sep 75 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Corporal Phani Raju Kala Venkata AFSO II has been on the posted strength of an operational Wing since March 1973. On 25th September 1975, when he was on Aircraft Crash Crew duty, an AN-12 aircraft landed with heavy smoke and fire in the crew cabin due to the electrical short circuit. Corporal Phani Raju Kala Venkata immediately followed the aircraft with the crash tender. As soon as the aircraft came to a halt, in complete disregard to his personal safety, rushed into the aircraft and started extinguishing fire. Although he felt suffocated due to heavy smoke, he did not lose courage and continued his endeavours to extinguish the fire and was ultimately able to bring the fire under control and thus saved a valuable and irreplaceable aircraft.

In this action, Corporal Phani Raju Kala Venkata displayed exemplary courage, initiative, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 16th April 1977 - No.38 - Pres/77 dated 26th January 1977 

Shaurya Chakra
Sgt Sankaran Kutty Nair 225696 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 29 Oct 75 Announced 26 Jan 77
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On 29th October 19758, at about 2000 hours, 225695 Sergeant Sankaran Kutty Nair was proceeding towards the MES substation in the domestic camp of his base to find out the cause of the failure of electric power. As he was nearing the sub-station, he heard an explosion, and saw a flash coming out of the building and heard a cry for help. He rushed to the building and found that a man in flames was lying on the floor, near the entrance and that smoke was coming out of the building. In utter disregard to his personal safety, he entered the building and switched off the main switch. He then found that an MES employee was lying unconscious with his clothes in flames. Sergeant Nair put out the flames by rolling him on the ground and tearing off his clothes. He carried him to the Medical Inspection Room on his shoulders, where prompt first aid and subsequent treatment for second degree burns in Military Hospital saved the individual's life. Thus by presence of mind and quick action he saved a valuable life and expensive service equipment.

In this action, Sergeant Sankaran Kutty Nair displayed exemplary courage, great initiative and a high sense of public duty.

Reference: Gazette of India , 16th April 1977 - No.38 - Pres/77 dated 26th January 1977 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Devinder Singh Sant 8157 F(P)Unit : 29 Sqn  Award Date 17 Jun 76 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Squadron Leader Davinder Singh Sant (8157) was commissioned in the Flying Branch (Pilot) of the Indian Air Force in December, 1963. During his stay of about 13 years in various operational Squadrons he has flown a total of about 2000 hours and acquired the highest Instrument Rating on Supersonic Aircraft. On the 17th June, 1976 while imparting Dual combat instruction from the rear seat of a supersonic operational trainer aircraft, he was involved in an accident in which his aircraft sustained extensive damage leading to extreme control difficulty. This was further aggravated by the shattering of the both the front and rear canopies resulting in visual difficulties. The incapacitation of the pilot in front cockpit and complete loss of radio communication made the situation more grave. The dislodging of the drogue parachute from the front seat into the rear seat, partial control of flaps, failure of total main braking system and absence of the periscope made the safe recovery of the aircraft extremely difficult. Notwithstanding the sudden shock, he acted in a cool and a professional manner and recovered the severely damaged aircraft with an incapacitated pilot safely and thus saved a valuable life.

In this action, Squadron Leader Davinder Singh Sant displayed exemplary courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 16th April 1977 - No.38 - Pres/77 dated 26th January 1977 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Bir Inder Singh 5040 F(P)Unit : 24 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 77
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Wing Commander Bir Inder Singh took over command of a fighter squadron in July 1974. He has flown over 4000 hours and has participated, with distinction, In the IndoPak Conflicts of 1965 and 1971. Due to his personal attention Wing Commander Bir Inder Singh has maintained an excellent flight safety record over the past two years. During the Inter-Squadron Gunnery Meet, 1975, his Squadron was the best Squadron in front­gun firing and bombing. When the squadron was required to operate a detachment of aircraft from a transport base, Wing Commander Bir Inder Singh undertook and executed this task effectively. Wing Commander Bir Inder Singh has displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 27th May 1978 - No.29- Pres/78 dated 26th January 1977 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Sudesh Chand Khullar 5605 F(P)Unit : 1 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 77
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Squadron Leader Sudesh Chand Khuller has been a member of a front-line jet fighter squadron since September, 1973. During this period, he has flown 464 hours. Being an experienced QFI, he was largely responsible for the training of young pilots with the result that the squadron now has a high proportion of operationally prepared pilots and the entire squadron holds current instrument ratings. During the tenure of Squadron Leader Sudesh Chand Khuller, the squadron operated five detachments and, every time, planned tasks were completed without untoward incident. Squadron Leader Khuller has so far flown 4000 hours on single­engined aircraft of which 1636 hours have been devoted to the training of ab­initio pilots.

Squadron Leader Sudesh Chand Khuller displayed courage, leadership and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 27th May 1978 - No.29- Pres/78 dated 26th January 1977 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Shashi Daran Pannikar 6761 F(P)Unit : PTS  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 77
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Squadron Leader Shashi Dharan Panicker has been with the Paratroopers Training School as a Staff Instructor since June. 1971. He is presently holding a Master Green category on Packet aircraft with a Command examiners ticket. His professional competence is evident from the manner in which he has handled flight emergencies. On one such occasion on 31st December, 1974, while on a mission to airlift 20 passengers and 2000 Kgs of service load, he encountered a perilous situation of a runaway propeller during the crucial stages of the take off, which caused the aircraft to swerve violently, a few feet above the ground. Maintaining his composure and with his skill Squadron Leader Panicker brought the aircraft under control and warded off what might have been a serious accident. Squadron Leader Panicker is an instructor of considerable experience. He has flown 1450 instructional hours out of total flying record of 5350 hours.

Squadron Lender Shashi Dharan Panicker has displayed courage, professional competence and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 27th May 1978 - No.29- Pres/78 dated 26th January 1977 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Chetan Swaroop Kataria 7605 F(P)Unit : 104 HU  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 77
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Squadron Leader Chetan Swaroop Kataria has been the Officer Commanding of a VIP Communication Helicopter Unit since May, 1974. He has a total of 3300 hours of accident free flying to his credit and has been responsible for the training of many new pilots and in improving the categorization state of his unit to a very high operational standard. He not only discharged his duties well out also undertook numerous mercy missions find flood relief operations in Punjab and Rajasthan in 1975. Because of his exceptional organizational ability, guidance find devoted supervision, the unit flew 3600 accident free hours within a period of 19 months. He successfully organised the development of a battery-operated portable refuelling rig for Chetak helicopter, on no cost basis, in his unit, which is a creditable achievement.

On 16th October 1975, Squadron Leader Kataria, while on a night training flight noticed that his helicopter had developed engine trouble due to material failure, with total loss of engine torque and heavy reduction in the rotor RPM. He faced the hazardous situation calmly and landed safely without any damage to the helicopter.

Squadron Leader Chetan Swaroop Kataria has displayed courage, high professional skill and devotion to duly of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 27th May 1978 - No.29- Pres/78 dated 26th January 1977 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Vijay Kumar Mohrotra 8441 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 77
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Squadron Leader Vijay Kumar Mohotra was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in April, 1964. He has a total of 3010 hours of accident free flying to his credit of which 2218 are on helicopters. Since December, 1975, he has been commanding a Helicopter Unit. On 23rd May, 1976, Squadron Leader Mohotra undertook the evacuation of a seriously injured mountaineer from the Trishul Base Camp located at a height of 15,300 feet. The helipad constructed there by the team of mountaineers was totally unsuitable for the safe landing of helicopter. Realising the urgency of the mission, Squadron Leader Mohotra carried out a detailed reconnaissance of the area and expertly decided that a landing could be carried out if one of the camp tents was removed and the area made available for the landing. This was indicated to the mountaineers and the tent was removed. Thereafter, Squadron Leader Mohotra landed his helicopter safely and carried out the assigned task.

On 26th May, 1976, after having completed a long and arduous sortie, Squadron Leader Mohotra was once again called upon to carry out the evacuation of seriously injured civilians from a remote area in the close vicinity of the Northern Border. He set off immediately with two other helicopters to a helipad nearest to where the casualties were. In the meantime, as immediate medical assistance was indicated and helicopter rescue facilities were not expected, the casualties were being moved by stretcher-bearers along a difficult and narrow mountain path. Realising the urgency to evacuate the casualties to bet ter equipped hospital, Squadron Lender Mohotra immediately set about organize rescue operations of injured on the move. He landed his helicopter in turbulent and gusty weather conditions in a boulder strewn tiny river bed. His outstanding performance in this operation inspired his formation pilots.

Throughout Squadron Leader Vijay Kumar Mohotra displayed courage, flying skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 27th May 1978 - No.29- Pres/78 dated 26th January 1977 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Bhanwar Singh Rathore 8687 F(P)Unit : Air HQ and Comm  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 77
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Squadron Leader Bhanwar Singh Rathore was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in August, 1964. He has an Impressive total of 5600 flying hours, flying as many as 650 hours in one year alone. During his present tenure with the Air Headquarters Communication Squadron, he has flown 2000 hours, mostly on VIP tasks. He holds the highest category and Instrument Rating on HS-748 aircraft. He has had three engine failures on Devon aircraft. In all the three cases, squadron Lender Rathore executed a safe landing with admirable courage and flying skill. During the 1971 operations Squadron Leader Rathore flew day and night to supply troops in the Eastern Sector. He put in 200 flying hours, making a significant contribution to the war effort

Squadron Leader Bhanwar Singh Rathore displayed courage, high professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 27th May 1978 - No.29- Pres/78 dated 26th January 1977 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr B K Sundaram 3726 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Prem Nath Mehra 3976 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Srish Chandra Basu 4702 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Nippani Lakshmi Narayana Rao 4837 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Chandra Mohan Khorana 4946 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr (Mrs) V Ramanan 4971 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr S Krishnamurthy 5399 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Hameed N Shahul 5461 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr M W Desai 5524 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr J K R Barman 5736 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr B R M Rao 5944 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Vishist Seva Medal
MWO W Singh 396933 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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