Awards for the year 1981


A total of 40 Awards are listed.
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Saroj Jena 3157 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Hemant Ramkrishna Chitnis 2964 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Trilochan Singh Brar 2884 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Mulk Raj 3518 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Kirti Chakra
Flt Lt Anil Kumar Mathur 13591 F(P)Unit : 220 Sqn  Award Date 25 Nov 80 Announced 26 Jan 81
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On the 25th November 1980, Flight Lieutenant Anil Kumar Mathur was authorised to air test a Marut aircraft. On getting airborne, he experienced excessive skid to the right. Flt Lt Mathur initiated corrective action which failed to stabilise the aircraft. He also observed that the temperature of the right engine had significantly dropped following the engine failure and the position of the tail plane setting was abnormal.

When Flight Lieutenant Anil Kumar Mathur decided to execute an immediate landing, he experienced a total hydraulic failure which made the controls and other systems inoperative. Consequently, on lowering the undercarriage, he found it very difficult to maintain level flight as trimmer was inoperative and on the lowering of the flaps for landing, he had to use his full physical strength to control the aircraft. Subsequently, he succeeded in landing the aircraft safely and made it available for fault investigation.

Flight Lieutenant Anil Kumar Mathur thus exemplary courage, presence of mind and professional competence of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 4th April 1981 - No.?? - Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM M J Vittal 3791 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Ram Lal Bhalla 3679 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Biman Kanta Mukherjee 3823 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde M L Sethi 4009 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Denzil Edward Satur 4339 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Dilip Shankar Jog 4608 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt M Chatterjee 4530 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Annaswami Sridharan 4761 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Shaurya Chakra
Major Gur Iqbal Singh Dhodi IAUnit : 663 Sqn  Award Date 18 Jul 79 Announced 26 Jan 81
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On the 18th July, 1979, Major Gur Iqbal Singh Dhodi was detailed to evacuate a dangerously ill comatose member of the Japanese Nun Kun mountaineering expedition from an inhospitable snow covered terrain prone to storm weather. Undaunted by adverse conditions and the flying hazards involved, he took off in his helicopter and located the patient lying on boulder strewn glacier with deep crevasses. Maneouvring the aircraft, flying at a height of about 6,750 meters in extremely bad weather and landing at such a hazardous place required high professional competence.

When Major Dhodi made the first attempt to land, it was thwarted as his view was obscured by rapidly drifting low cloud. He, however, observed that it would have been disastrous to land at that spot as it was located amidst huge boulders where maneouvring the aircraft was not possible. He then made a second pass and, after air dropping vital life preserving oxygen and food, he decided to lighten his aircraft by disembarking the team leader at the Base Camp. The considerable time, fuel and oxygen spent in making preparatory efforts for landing and the growing low visibility due to approaching night, were causing concern to Major Dhodi. He, therefore, made a determined bid, landed the helicopter in a small area amongst crevasses and enormous boulders and evacuated the casualty before the night came on.

In this action, Major Gur Iqbal Singh Dhodi displayed courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 18th April 1981 - No.28 - Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Shaurya Chakra
Wg Cdr Ranbir Singh Chauhan 8136 F(P)Unit : 116 HU  Award Date 01 Aug 79 Announced 26 Jan 81
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On the 1st August, 1979, Wing Commander Ranbir Singh Chauhan (8136) Flying (Pilot), who had successfully finished most of underslung load trials of various types of Army equipment on Mi-8 helicopter, was engaged in lifting and transporting bridging equipment weighing about two tons. In the course of this trial, one of the four load suspending cables snapped and caused the aircraft to oscillate and gyrate in an uncontrollable manner. When no other alternative to control the aircraft, Wing Commander Chauhan decided to jettison the load, he noticed that he was flying over populated area where the heavy load could cause a human disaster. He, therefore, manoeuvred the aircraft away from the inhabited area but could not jettison the load as the electric control cable got snapped due to heavy strain. The aircraft by that time had gone out of control. However, Wing Commander Chauhan did not lose his presence of mind and, as soon as the load touched the ground, he managed to land the aircraft without any further damage to it and with its crew unharmed.

In this action, Wing Commander Ranbir Singh Chauhan displayed courage, presence of mind and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 18th April 1981 - No.28 - Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Shaurya Chakra
Fg Off Pramod Kumar Jain 15017 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 04 Dec 79 Announced 26 Jan 81
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On the 4th December, 1979, Flying Officer Pramod Kumar Jain was flying an air combat training mission. He had gone about 80 km from base when generator in his aircraft went dead. The subsequent electrical failure deprived him of the use of compass and the radio telephone. The situation was further aggravated when noxious fumes and dense smoke, caused by battery-cum-electrical fire, filled the cockpit. This not only obscured his view but also added to his discomfiture. It was a serious situation for a young trainee pilot. But Flying Officer Jain did not lose his composure and working on procedures laid down for such emergencies, he proceeded towards his base. It was, however, a feat of his professional skill that although deprived of all mechanical aids including the tail parachute and automatic braking system, he made a flapless landing without any further damage to the aircraft.

In this action, Flying Officer Pramod Kumar Jain displayed courage, presence of mind and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 18th April 1981 - No.28 - Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Shaurya Chakra
Fg Off Rahul Dhar 14561 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 10 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 81
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On the 10th January, 1980, Flying Officer Rahul Dhar experienced a flame out while flying a Gnat aircraft. His three attempts to relight the aircraft failed and the aircraft continued to lose height. Even in this critical situation without abandoning the aircraft, he decided to force land. By this time he was able to lower the undercarriage through the time consuming emergency system because the hydraulic control had suddenly failed, he found himself to approaching the runway from too high an altitude and at a speed 70 knots more than permitted for normal landing. Fully aware of the disastrous consequences of landing in such circumstances, he remained cool, controlled the 'float' of the aircraft and touched half-way up the runway at that high speed. Facing again an equally hazardous situation, resulting from fast running out of landing space and risk of excessive braking to stop the aircraft, he made full use of his professional skill and brought the aircraft to a safe halt at the very end of the runway.

In this action, Flying Officer Rahul Dhar displayed courage, presence of mind and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 18th April 1981 - No.28 - Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Shaurya Chakra
Sgt Sher Singh Kadian 260583 ORUnit : 501 SU  Award Date 11 Feb 80 Announced 26 Jan 81
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On the 11th February, 1980, at about 7.45 p.m. a fire broke out in Tower A of a Signal Unit where extremely sophisticated and expensive equipment had been stored. Within minutes, the entire deck of the tower was engulfed in thick smoke with toxic fumes. While the intense heat made it almost impossible to enter the deck, the thick smoke made it difficult to locate the source of fire.

Sher Singh Kadian, who was off duty, reached the tower within minutes of hearing the fire alarm. Undaunted by heat and smoke, he picked up a fire hose, entered the deck and located the source of fire within a cabinet with panels secured by screws. Realising that the water jet could not be effectively directed at the source of fire, he ran down and brought a screw driver. Although he was almost overcome by thick swirling smoke and toxic fumes on opening the cabinet, he ultimately succeeded in bringing the fire under control.

In this action, Sher Singh Kadian displayed courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 18th April 1981 - No.28 - Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Shaurya Chakra
Flt Lt Sumit Mukerji 12925 F(P)Unit : AFA  Award Date 08 May 80 Announced 26 Jan 81
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On the 8th May, 1980, Flight Lieutenant Sumit Mukerji was flying an instructional Instrument Flying sorties. At a height of 4900 metres, he experienced a front bearing failure and shortly engine seizure took place. Till then, no reliable statistics were available on the rate of descent of aircraft experienced with seized engine and different configuration of aircraft using undercarriage and flaps. With a totally professional approach, unmindful of great danger to his own life, Flight Lieutenant Mukerji passed on to the flying control the various rates of descent he experienced with and without undercarriage. Despite a very high rate of descent, he through his fine airmanship managed to land the aircraft and thereby saved a valuable aircraft from certain destruction. He also helped in collecting valuable data on the situations that follow an engine seizure.

In this action, Flight Lieutenant Sumit Mukerji displayed courage, presence of mind and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 18th April 1981 - No.28 - Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Shaurya Chakra
Flt Lt Jayaraman Lakshmi Narayanan 14110 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 18 Jun 80 Announced 26 Jan 81
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On the 18th June, 1980, Flight Lieutenant Jayaraman Lakshmi Narayanan was flying a MiG aircraft on a routine night training mission, where flying is done by resorting to instrument only. This was his third sortie under such conditions. At a height of 5000 metres over Talwara town he experienced engine surge during a 60テつー banked turn.

He tried to roll out of the turn; when he found that the controls of the aircraft had jammed. The aircraft continued to roll and went into a steep dive over the town. At this stage, Flight Lieutenant Jayaraman Lakshmi Narayanan realized that a crash was imminent. He would have been fully justified in ejecting to ensure his personal safety. However, he decided to stay with the aircraft and made a determined effort to deviate the aircraft to save the township from disaster at the cost of his life. He reacted with exceptional presence of mind and professional skill and recovered the aircraft barely 600 metres above the sleeping township. The aircraft had lost too much height during recovery it was few seconds away from destruction. Flight Lieutenant Jayaraman Lakshmi Narayanan continued to display extremely high degree of airmanship and inspite of the controls malfunctioning he returned to base carrying out left turns only and landed safely. This young pilot unmindful of certain fatal consequences to himself, in his effort to save the inhabitants of township, displayed cool professional competence of an exceptional order.

In this action, Flight Lieutenant Jayaraman Lakshmi Narayanan displayed courage, presence of mind and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 18th April 1981 - No.28 - Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Shaurya Chakra
Flt Lt Rajdeep Singh Mann 13612 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 14 Aug 80 Announced 26 Jan 81
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On the 14th August, 1980, Flight Lieutenant Rajdeep Singh Mann was carrying out an air test on S-22 aircraft. While he was carrying out checks on the control system at a height of 6 kilometers, the aircraft suddenly pitched up with an unexpected suddenness. In this process, the pilot blacked out completely as the 'g' loading on his body went up to an incredible figure. By the time he regained his senses, the aircraft had come down to 2.8 KM above ground and was in a steep dive with speed well beyond 1000 KMPH. Flight Lieutenant Rajdeep Singh Mann immediately initiated recovery action using all his force and pulled the aircraft out of its screaming dive. The controls responded very slowly and once again his body experienced severe strain. His vision was fading and the possibility of blacking out at this extremely low altitude could not be ruled out. Eventually, his will to survive prevailed over the impossible situation. Despite intense discomfort, severe headache and pain in the spine, this young pilot remained calm and unruffled and regained full control of the aircraft which he brought back for a safe landing. This has enabled the technicians to determine the cause of malfunction an in the process many a life have been saved.

In this action, Flight Lieutenant Rajdeep Singh Mann displayed courage, strong determination, presence of mind and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 18th April 1981 - No.28 - Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Shaurya Chakra
Flt Lt Chandrashekhar Jayawant 13587 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 12 Oct 80 Announced 26 Jan 81
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On the 12th October, 1979, Flight Lieutenant Chanrashekhar Jayawant was ferrying as Ajeet aircraft from Hindon to Srinagar. While he was at some distance from the airfield at an altitude of 1400 meters, he experienced a sudden loss of power which soon resulted in a flame out. Despite this emergency, he maintained his composure and took stock of the situation in a professional manner. When his two attempts to relight the engine failed and he realized that the usual low key entry on to the runway was not possible because of the inadequate height of his dead engine aircraft, he decided to land against traffic. He informed the Air Traffic Control to keep the run way clear for his proposed landing and successfully accomplished the first deadstick landing on a Ajeet, without any damage to the Aircraft.

In this action, Flight Lieutenant Chandrashekhar Jayawant displayed courage, presence of mind and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 18th April 1981 - No.28 - Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Prithvi Singh Brar 6007 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 81
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Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Brar has been in Command of an operational supersonic fighter squadron since May, 1979. He was commissioned in December, 1960 and has since held a number of important appointments.

During his active squadron service, he acquired a fully operational status on jet fighters which included Vampire, Hunter, Gnat and MiG-21. He has to his credit 2000 accident free flying hours on these aircraft. By dint of hard work, he has completed the Pilot Attack Instructor, the Fighter Combat Leader, and the Defence Services Staff College Courses. His performance during Indo-Pak Conflicts, 1965 and 1971 was commendable. He was appointed founder member of Tactics and Development Establishment and served as flying inspector at the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. During this period he endeavoured for and achieved high standards of combat training. As inspector at Directorate of Air Staff Inspection, he raised the operational readiness and effectiveness of our fighter squadrons through his personal supervision and guidance.

On his return from a tenure abroad, he was put in Command of an operational MiG21 Squadron where he worked hard to build up the combat potential of his Squadron. As a result, his Squadron achieved the distinction of being as the secondテつュbest Squadron for Instrument Rating Trophy.

Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Brar thus displayed professional skill, qualities of able leadership and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 20th March 1982 - No.15- Pres/82 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Srivinighari Anand Bhaskar Naidu 7230 F(P)Unit : 21 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 81
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Wing Commander Srivinighari Anand Bhaskar Naidu was serving as a Flight Commander in a fighter Squadron before he took over as Commding Officer of another fighter Squadron from 18th October 1979. During his tenure as a senior Flight Commander, he smoothly accomplished the re-equipment of his Squadron by a more sophisticated aircraft. Through his organizing ability and dedicated efforts, the Sqaudron achieved operational status within a few months and successfully completed its Air Defence duties on deployment under an operational group for over two months from February to April 1979.

Subsequently as Squadron Commander he ensured for his Squadon a very high standard of operational efficiency and an accident free record. Earlier, during the period 1967 to 1969, he was commended thrice by the Chief of the Air Staff and once each by AOCinテつュC Headquarters Central Air Command and Headquarters 1 Ops Group, for high performance and dedication.

Wing Commander Srivinighari Anand Bhaskar Naidu has thus displayed high professional competence and exceptional devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 20th March 1982 - No.15- Pres/82 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Sadhu Singh Gill テつテつ 6770 F(P)Unit : 44 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 81
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Squadron Leader Sadhu Singh Gill, a pilot with many accomplishments, has to his credit over 9000 accident free hours. He was commissioned in 1962 and was one of the few young pilots in 1963 to be selected for conversion training in a foreign country. He attained the status of a fully operational pilot with a 'B' 'Green' category with a year. He consolidated his flying experience and flew over 2000 hours as Captain mostly in the operational areas of J & K. This valuable experience gained by him helped in formulating the Standard Operating Procedures which are at present in use for safe flying in these areas.

In 1967, Squadron Leader Gill became a qualified flying instructor. During this tenure he flew a total of 3000 instructional hours. During Indo-Pak Conflict, 1971, he participated in several bombing missions on the front. Due to shortage of Qualified Flying Instructors in the Squaron, he was entrusted with additional tas of training new pilots, which he carried out competently.

Squadron Leader Sadhu Singh Gill has thus displayed professional competence and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 20th March 1982 - No.15- Pres/82 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sqn Ldr Chandra Prakash Naidu 10426 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 81
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Squadron Leader Chandra Prakash Naidu has to his credit a total of 3900 hours of accident free flying sicne January 1970 of which 500 hours were flown in the Eastern Sector alone. During 1971 operations, while posted as the Adjutant of an Air Observation Post Flight, he voluntarily undertook seventeen operational sorties in Krishak Aircraft.

Within a short period of 5 years as a flying instructor, Squdron Leader Naidu flew 1620 instructional hours on the Kiran and HS-748 Aircraft. In his present tenure of three years at Transport Training Wing, he has flown over 2000 hours while simultaneously carrying out supervisory duties as Flight Commander and, at time, as Chief Flying Instructor. He has displayed a missionary zeal in training his pupil and put in devoted and concerted effort to improve their professional standard, both on the ground and in the air. His achievements besides his large numbers of flying hours include Routine Transport Role category "A/ Master Green", Instructional Category 'A-2' and Command Examiner on HS-748 aircraft.

As a supervisor and Command Examiner, Squadron Leader Naidu discharged his duties most effectively. Within the short span of his tenure, he enabled his trainees, staff pilots and instructors in the Unit to achieve a high standard of operational status. He has also contributed to a great extent in updating the standard Operational Procedures, Training Notes and in Standardised Flying Procedures, which have greatly enhanced the efficiency of the unit.

Squadron Leader Chandra Prakash Naidu has thus displayed professional competence, leadership capabilties and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 20th March 1982 - No.15- Pres/82 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal
MWO Kappadath Pazhay Kesavan Menon 200576 ORUnit : 6 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 81
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Master Warrant Officer Kappadath Pazhay Kesavan Menon was serving with a Transport Squadron since January 1975 before he took over as Flight Engineer Leader on 1st January 1980. He qualified as a Flight Engineer in October 1955 and has since been employed in various operational units and types of transport aircraft. He has flown a total of over 8,300 hours on different types of aircraft including over 2000 hours on operational missions.

Master Warrant Officer Menon has been holding 'A' category on Super Constellation aircraft since 1977. As a Flight Engineer, he displayed a very high degree of professional skill and devotion to duty. His professional knowledge and presence of mind enbled him to tae timely action during inflight emergencies, contributed greatly to the high Flight Safety record of the Squadron and was appreciated by the Air Headquarters. On several occasions, he provided able guidance to ground technicians in rectifying snags especially at out stations. His high professional competence has enabled the Squadron to meet various commitments in time.

Master Warrant Officer Kappadath Pazhay Kesavan Menon has thus displayed profesioanl competence and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 20th March 1982 - No.15- Pres/82 dated 26th January 1981 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt D K Khasnobish 5432 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr B G Chitnis 5171 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Bar to Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr K P Sharma 5939 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Sham Rao 6200 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr N C Kaushal 6252 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Kapil Kak 6784 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr K Badrinarayan 6826 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr S Choudhuri 8416 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr S P Bhasin 7083 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr R N Dass 7896 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr P Singh 9985 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Vishist Seva Medal
MWO B V Venkatachalam 205057 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt M C Sivagnanam 234436 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 81 Announced 26 Jan 81
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