Awards for the year 1983


A total of 59 Awards are listed.
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Kanwar Iqbal Singh Chhabra 3831 F(P)Unit : MC  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal M J Dhotiwala 3839 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Satish Chandra Lal 3793 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal K D Chaddha 3845 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Shri Krishna Chandra Gupta 3568 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Kirti Chakra
Sqn Ldr Vishwanathan Nagarajan 8753 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 08 Jul 82 Announced 26 Jan 83
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On the 8th July, 1982 at approximately 1100 hours, while on a RTR commitment from Madras to Cochin in a Dakota aircraft at 8000’, Squadron Leader Visvanathan Nagarajan (8753), Flying (Pilot), experienced vibration on the starboard engine. He decided to divert to Yelahanka-Bangalore. Since the vibrations on the engine kept increasing and the aircraft started losing height, he decided to feather the engine and ejected the load to reduce the weight of the aircraft. With the use of emergency methods, the propeller did not feather and the aircraft kept going down very fast. Realising the gravity of the situation and knowing that he would not be able to reach Bangalore or any other airfield, he decided to force land the aircraft in a lake-bed, which was the only clear place within reach and amongst generally mountainous terrain, under cloudy weather condition. He carried out a copy book forced landing and the aircraft settled in the lake in approximately three feet of water. Squadron Leader Visvanathan Nagarajan handled this grave emergency very successfully and thus saved not only valuable lives on board but more on ground.

Squadron Leader Visvanathan Nagarajan thus displayed exemplary professional skill, competence and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 19th March 1983 - No.13 - Pres/83 dated 26th January 1983 

Padma Sree
AVM H L Kapur 2165 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde B V Jaya Rao 4138 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Anadi Shankar Sarkar 4273 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Shyam Chand Mehra 4290 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Man Mohan Sinha 4408 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Kotarapurath Govind Mohanchandran 4316 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde J K Seth 4403 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Inder Dev Bhalla 4571 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Amlok Ram Anand 4085 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt S A Ranade 3992 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Dalip Singh Sabherwal 4756 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Indrakanty Gopala Krishna 5398 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Prithvi Singh Brar 6007 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Sharwan Kumar Bhatia 11316 F(P)Unit : ARC  Award Date 20 May 82 Announced 26 Jan 83
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During the month of April, 1982, a task involving placement of heavy machinery and its removal after the function was entrusted to Sqn Ldr Sharwan Kumar Bhatia. The locations were at series of small patches of ground all about 6000' altitude along the Himalayan border where it looked almost impossible to land an Mi-8 helicopter with such a heavy cargo.

Squadron Leader Sharwan Kumar Bhatia (11316) Flying (Pilot), faced the task with utmost courage. In a series of one hundred and twenty eight landings spread over a continuous period of ninety days, flying under extremely unfavourable conditions in all aspects and the area of operation through the deep hazardous gorges of Himalayas and stresses and strains. Squadron Leader Sharwan Kumar Bhatia completed the task and came out as “Complete Pilot” of the Indian Air Force. An error of minor nature over such a long period, at any stage, would have meant grave loss and a total disaster to him.

Squadron Leader Sharwan Kumar Bhatia thus displayed sustained courage and a high degree of professional skill, competence and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India , 19th March 1983 - No.14 - Pres/83 dated 26th January 1983 

Shaurya Chakra
Flt Lt Bikram Dev Singh 13573 F(P)Unit : 114 HU  Award Date 25 Jun 82 Announced 26 Jan 83
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On the 24th June, 1982, information was received about 19 Army personnel had been stranded near INDRAJOT PASS north of DHARMSALA. A rescue aircraft was launched and it was found that the personnel were on a rock at a height of 14500 ft AMSL and on the mountain side with a gradient of 75°. The personnel were surrounded by nearly 10 feet of fresh snow. It was appreciated that no landing could be attempted and winching operation will be required to rescue the personnel. Food, medicines and blankets were dropped at the site and the aircraft returned to base late in the evening. On the 25th June, 1982, Flight Lieutenant Bikram Dev Singh, Flying (Pilot) was detailed to commence rescue operation in Cheetah aircraft fitted with rescue hoist. He reached the site at about 0900 hours. The weather at that time was fair but the wind speeds were of the order of about 40 knots. After a through recce the aircraft was brought to hover 15' above the stranded personnel. Because of the very steep incline and location of personnel, the aircraft had to be hovered leaving very small margin between the rotor and cliff side. Hovering under such conditions of high altitude, strong winds and very difficult terrain is a nightmarish task requiring exceptional skills. The helper was lowered at the site and two Army personnel were hoisted up and taken to YOL. On returning to the site, it was found that the weather had sharply deteriorated. Clouds had rolled in over the area, the visibility had dropped to 100 metres and wind speed had picked up to about 50 to 55 knots. Flt Lt Bikram Dev Singh continued the rescue operation with cool professionalism and in two more trips evacuated in all six personnel. By 1730 hours all stranded personnel had been brought to YOL.

Flt Lt Bikram Dev Singh thus displayed courage, a high degree of professional skill, competence and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 19th March 1983 - No.14 - Pres/83 dated 26th January 1983 

Vayu Sena Medal
Gp Capt Vishnu Narain Johri 5676 F(P)Unit : OCU  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Group Captain Vishnu Narain Johri has held command of a Conversion Unit since 22 Aug 1980. Although he had very little experience on Hunter aircraft and is not a QFI, he threw himself whole heartedly into the training task of his Unit. He mobilised his officers and men and motivated them to achieve better results. Three consecutive courses have each completed their training in roughly two thirds of the schedule duration of the course. This has been achieved inspite of progressive reduction in manpower from 95% of establishment to the current level of about 70% or less in some trades.

He set an outstanding example to his officers and men by flying as much as any member of his staff. With excellent leadership, and by setting a personal example of a high order, Group Captain Johri has been able to motivate those under his command to render outstanding performance, and achieve tasks which have eluded the unit for a long time, This has not only been of value to the unit by making available adequate training time for operational training of staff pilots but the entire fighter force by timely despatch of trained pilots.

For these achievements, his personal flying effort and leadership, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Group Captain Vishnu Narain Johri.

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

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Gp Capt Suresh Kumar Behal 5786 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Group Captain Suresh Kumar Behal is on the posted strength of Headquarters Eastern Air Command with effect from 16 April 1981, and is performing the duties that involve control of all fighter activities.

In 1971, Group Captain Behal was a Flight Commander in a fighter squadron and took active part in 1971 operations having led 23 strike missions into East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) against heavily defended targets. It is pertinent to note that very few pilots undertook such large number of missions, thereby he has exhibited courage in the face of enemy action.

Group Captain Behal has commanded a Fighter Squadron from May 1979 to April 1981. During his tenure, the Squadron won the overall Gunnery Championship of Eastern Air Command. This was only possible because of dedication and guidance to the aircrew placed below him in the Squadron.

While on the posted strength of Eastern Air Command he has officiated in higher appointment for long periods and has performed the duties in addition to his own duties extremely well. He is sincere, dedicated and has working: qualities which inspire personnel working under him. He is ever willing to shoulder responsibilities given to him cheerfully.

For displaying sincerity and devotion to duty of an exceptional order, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Group Captain Suresh Kumar Behal.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Darshan Singh Basra 6519 F(P)Unit : 45 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Darshan Singh Basra was commissioned in the Air Force in May 1962. The officer has all along maintained and displayed highest order of flying professionalism.

Wg Cdr Basra was selected to undergo flying training abroad on two types of aircraft in 1963. Subsequently he gave a good account of his flying proficiency and instructional ability while on posted strength of various instructional establishments. Later, he also held prestigious Command of two fighter Squadrons. During his period of command both the Squadrons maintained a totally nil accident rate. One of his Squadrons won the Flight Safety Trophy in 1979 and was placed second for the Instrument Rating Trophy in 1980. Wg Cdr Basra was the leader of his Command Bombing team in the Inter Command gunnery Meet in 1979 and won the championship.

Wg Cdr Basra has flown over eleven types of aircraft and has logged over 3400 hrs of flying. Wg Cdr Basra commended by the Chief of the Air Staff in 1978 for executing a successful restricted RPM landing on a fighter aircraft.

For his utmost dedication to duty and professional ability the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Wing Commander Darshan Singh Basra.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr 8146 F(P)Unit : Govt of Haryana  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Amrit Lal Mehta has been on deputation to the State Government of Haryana as Chief Executive Pilot since 07 February 1979.

Commissioned on 31 December, 1963, he has logged an impressive total of 7310 hours of accident free flying. He has flown over 2500 hours mostly in the supervisory capacity over the hazardous terrain of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Jammu and Kashmir areas. He has held Master Green rating on Dakota and AN-12 aircrafts and is Right hand seat check Pilot on these aircrafts.

As Chief Executive Pilot, he has been entrusted with the duty to fly the VIPs at very short notice and at odd hours. Wing Commander Mehta at the cost of his personal comfort and domestic obligations, made himself available at all times for such duties thereby displaying total devotion to duty. He is fully dependable in accomplishing tasks even in difficult situations. With his excellent organising ability and exemplary discipline, he has infused confidence among his subordinates. He has been a regular Director General of Civil Aviation Examiner since 1 January 1980. In addition to training and examining plots he has been very closely associated with the development and expansion of civil aviation in the State.

For his professional competence, hard work, integrity and total devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Wing Commander Amrit Lal Mehta.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr 8377 F(P)Unit : ASTE  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Subhash Chandra Mittal has been on the posted strength of Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment as Officer Commanding Flight Test Squadron since October 1980. He is a qualified Experimental Test Pilot, having graduated from the French Test Pilots' School in 1973-74. His present posting to ASTE is his second tenure with this unit, his first one having lasted from Jul 74 to Dec 77. Wing Commander Mittal is not only a very experienced test pilot of high caliber, competent to test most fixed wing aircraft of the Air Force, but also an operational pilot of considerable experience and merit with over 3000 hours of flying to his credit. He was amongst the first batch of pilots selected to undergo training on Jaguar aircraft in the UK and later served with credit as Flight Commander in the first Jaguar Squadron of the Indian Air Force. Besides maintaining an accident­free record, he achieved the highest instrument rating of Master Green and has been a Command Examiner on Supersonic Fighter aircraft.

His efficient handling of a special Missile project and the results of the tests carried out at ASTE have drawn very favorable comments from all agencies associated with this Project.

For his exceptional individual flying skill, unflinching devotion to duty and consistently outstanding performance as a test pilot, the President is pleased to award VAYU SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Subhash Chandra Mittal.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr 10124 F(P)Unit : 37 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Chandra Nath Ghosh (10124) Flying (Pilot) has been on the posted strength of a front line fighter Squadron since 03 Jul 78. During this period, he exemplified himself by his outstanding performance in flying and training of pilots in the Squadron. A pilot with above average flying cability, Sqn Ldr Ghosh won the individual championship in Rocket Firing during the Western Air Command Gunnery Meet in Mar 81. Squadron Leader Ghosh in his capacity as a Flight Commander was mainly responsible for updating the squadron operational status by successfully completing the Operational Training syllabus for 8 operationa pilots and 2 Operational Day pilots in just one year (1981-82).

During the period under consideration, Sqn Ldr Ghosh has flown a total of 1410:00 hours/2115 sorties on S-22 and MiG-21 (MF &M) aircraft. This is an exceptiona feat, considering the fact that in the same period, the officer has undergone some major service courses like staff college, FCL, Photo Interpreters Course. He has also done ground tenure as DS in Air Force Intelligence School at Poona.

Squadron Leader Ghosh is an officer with very high integrity and moral fortitude, who does not get dettered by the task assigned to him. Sqn Ldr Ghosh is truly an example of hard work and dedication who at every step inspires and motivates those placed around and below him.

For his excellent professional performance, hardwork, motivation, unflinching loyalty and integrity, the President is please to award VAYU SEVA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Chandra Nath Ghosh.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr 10126 F(P)Unit : 5 BRD  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Prafullkumar Manohar Velankar while on the posted strength of one of the Base Repair Depot since 5 Dec 78 has been flight testing Kiran, Gnat and Ajeet aircraft.

During his tenure at this Depot Sqn Ldr Velankar has flown a total of 646.25 hours in flight testing of various types of aircraft. He has had an accident­free record during this time. He has also displayed cool professional competence in the handling of emergencies in the air when he experienced flame-outs on Gnats on three separate occasions, one flameout on Kiran at 5000 feet and one incident of Gnat canopy unlocking in the air. On each occasion he has competently taken the correct emergency action and safely landed the aircraft He has throughout displayed exemplary professionalism and zeal in his job.

He has flown 278 sorties/165.45 hours on Kiran Flight testing during the last nine months in addition to flying on other types of aircraft. He has been meticulous in his testing and has insisted on the highest standards of serviceability before clearing an aircraft. It is a matter of pride that ferry pilots from operating units have accepted all the aircraft cleared by Sqn Ldr Velankar with virtually no observations. For his extremely high professional competence, hard work and outstanding devotion to duty in the best traditions of the service, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Prafulkumar Manohar Velankar.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Vishwanathan Natarajan 10462 F(P)Unit : Air HQ and Comm  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Viswanathan Natarajan is on the posted strength of a Helicopter Unit since 22 Jul 80. In July 1981 Jaipur area experienced unprecedented floods. Squadron Leader Viswanathan Natarajan conducted the relief operations and under his leadership and guidance 41810 Kgs of food and other supplies were airlifted to stranded villagers. A total 37:15 hours were flown by the unit detachment, of which 23:10 hours were flown by Squadron Leader Viswanathan Natarajan alone. Squadron Leader Natarajan worked tirelessly and it was by his singular determination and dauntless efforts that relief was provided in the shortest possible time to the affected area.

Squadron Leader Natarajan has over 5000 hours of helicopter flying to his credit, out of which 3000 hours have been flown as Captain over hazardous mountainous terrain in the East and in offshore flying over unforgiving seas of West and East Coast. Under his direct supervision as Flight Commander the unit flew a total of over 3000 hours, accident free, in the first year after induction. This was possible only because of Squadron Leader Natarajan's untiring efforts, zeal, devotion to duty, exemplary leadership and understanding of the critical problems in their totality.

For displaying exceptional professional skill, effective managerial ability and undaunted devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Viswanathan Natarajan.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr 11638 F(P)Unit : 10 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Vinod Kumar Verma is posted since 30 December 80 as Flight Commander of an operational fighter squadron.

The Squadron was re­equipped with a new type of aircraft. Sqn Ldr VK Verma displayed utmost devotion to duty and dedication to work which helped the Squadron in the commencement of regular flying inspite of the various teething problems during the re-equipment. In a very short time, he was able to formulate the training syllabus and various procedures relating to the new type of aircraft, and has proved his high standard of professional knowledge.

Sqn Ldr VK Verma has always taken utmost pride in his work, shown selfless devotion to duty which has been a source of inspiration to his juniors and has earned great admiration from his superiors.

For his utmost devotion to duty, dedication to work and high standard of professional ability, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Vinod Kumar Verma.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt 13366 F(P)Unit : 5 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Flight Lieutenant Dinesh Chandra Kumaria is a UK trained pilot who has been on the posted strength of an operational squadron since 01 Sep 79. When he initially joined the Squadron there were only six UK trained pilots on whom fell the mantle of responsibility to organise and lay the infrastructure of the first Jaguar Squadron. Flt Lt Kumaria proved himself equal to the task. He coped with all demands made of him, volunteered for additional jobs and accomplished these well within specified time frames to the best of his ability.

With his continuous hard work on the ground and in the air, Flt Lt Kumaria soon established himself as a dependable and mature officer. He made rapid strides and was selected to undergo Qualified Weapons Instructor course in UK. With his usual dedication, he commenced studying for the course as soon as his name was recommended. On the course itself, his customary application and methodical approach paid dividends. He stood first and his aggregate marks has set a record that is unlikely to be broken in the near future.

For his dedicated attitude, professional .competence and high standards, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Fight Lieutenant Dinesh Chandra Kumaria.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Capt IAUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Captain Karamdeep Singh Aulakh an Air OP Pilot was detailed to carry out an Instrument Flying and circuits and landing sortie in a Cheetah Helicopter on the night of 29 Apr 82. After joining circuit, while commencing baseleg, the officer heard a loud bang accompanied by a bright flash of flame. The helicopter also yawed to the right. He correctly assessed it to be a case engine failure and took prompt and advisable course of action of executing a forced landing. Displaying exceptional flying skill, he avoided high tension cables and other obstacles and executed a smooth touch down in the only clearing with hard surface in the area. There was no injury to the crew or any damage to aircraft or civilian property.

This is the first known instance in the IAF of a helicopter pilot carrying out an entirely successful forced landing on an unprepared surface at night, after an engine failure. Captain. Aulakh's performance is all the more noteworthy in view of his limited flying experience.

For his outstanding professionalism and display of cool courage in handling of extremely dangerous emergency, the President is pleased to award VAYU SEVA MEDAL to Captain Karamdeep Singh Aulakh.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Fg Offr Subhash Mohan 15553 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Flying Officer Subhash Mohan was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 30 December 1978. Since then he has been on active flying duties. He has flown nearly 500 hours during this period.

Flying Officer Mohan was a member of the Marut team selected to take part in the Fire Power Demonstration in February 1982. On 10 February he was carrying out a practice mission of rocketry over Sidhwan Khas range in preparation for the Fire Power Demonstration. Immediately after he fired a salvo of rockets and initiated recovery from the dive the pilot felt severe vibrations and partial loss of longitudinal control. Parts of the forward fuselage of the aircraft had broken off thus causing unmanageable longitudinal instability. Flying Officer Mohan assessed the condition instantly and realising that the situation was irretrievable he ejected safely. Any delay in his action would have been fatal. Despite being relatively inexperienced, the pilot displayed remarkable ability to assess a dangerously critical situation and took the correct action immediately. He saved his life which by any means is a valuable Air Force asset, and by doing so he was available to assist the investigating team in ascertaining the cause of the accident, which might not have been possible under different circumstances. Flying Officer Mohan's actions speak highly of the standard of training he has undergone so far and his ability to assimilate instructions.

For displaying maturity and ability to assess critical situations and acting promptly and correctly, the President is pleased to award VAVU SENA MEDAL to Flying Officer Subhash Mohan.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
MWO Aaron Patrick 400277 ORUnit : AEB  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Master Warrant Officer Aaron Patrick was enrolled in the Service in April 1950 and was remustered to the trade of Flight Engineer in 1961. Since then, the Master Warrant Officer has flown over 6760 hrs (inclusive of 1320 hours operational) on six different types of aircraft.

Master Warrant Officer Aaaron Patrick has faired extremely well, professionally by achieving the transport category 'A' on three different type of aircraft viz. C-119L, AN 12, L-1049 in a matter of 14 years prior to being posted to the Aircrew Examining Board on 18 May 75. As an Air Force Examiner, Master Warrant Officer Patrick has displayed a high degree of professionalism and made significant contribution towards maintaining high standards of proficiency among Flight Engineers in Indian Air Force. By his extra ordinary zeal and dedication to duty, the categorisation state percentage of Flight Engineers in Transport Squadrons remained high. During his tenure as an Air Force Examiner, in the last 20 months, the Master Warrant Officer has flown over 1060 hours in aircrew testing on as many as six different types of aircraft. On many an occasion he has handled a large number of categorisation tests in different types of aircraft single handedly, working often beyond the call of duty. The fact that the Master Warrant Officer has done over 677 tests of aircrew and remained out of base over 675 days in his tenure at Air Crew Examining Board is testimony of his sustained hard work and dedication to duty.

For his exceptional professionalism and dedication to duty of highest order, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Master Warrant Officer Aaron Patrick.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
WO 221618 ORUnit : 33 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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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 J S Kumar 6186 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Ghanshyam Gururani 6387 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr V K Jain 6389 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr S M S Chadha 6588 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr K Rampati 6813 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr S M Bhatia 7066 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Satish Govind Inamdar 7189 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Dilip Kumar Parulkar 7227 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr S Singh 7356 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr S K S Sitaram 7910 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr V Pradhan 8173 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr J C Malik 6989 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr G R Malhotra 8257 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Pratap Singh 8897 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr B S Cheema 8902 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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