No.114 Helicopter Unit

"Siachen Pioneers" 

Apatsu Mitram - A Friend in Distress


An Alouette III of 114 HU on a Case Evac mission in Kashmir. The Allouttes of 114 were boldly marked with the Red Cross emblem during those years.

Flying Officer Bartan Ramesh received the Vir Chakra for carrying out more than 45 Case Evac missions. alt



alt Flt Lt KL Bajaj made the ultimate sacrifice during the 1971 War, when his Chetak crashed during a Case Evac mission, killing him.

The Unit suffered one casualty during the war on 11 December 1971. Flt Lt KL Bajaj was coming back from a Casualty Evacuation mission from Kargil to Srinagar when he heard a panicky R/T call from the FAC on the ground. The Forward Air Controller was warning a Vampire formation in the area about the presence of enemy aircraft. To avoid detection, Flt Lt Bajaj descended to the valley bottom, but the Chetak hit some HT cables and crashed at Pt MU7573. Bajaj died in the crash, but luckily, both his co-pilot Fg Offr RR Patel and the casualty onboard survived with some injuries 

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Flt Lt Rajiv Juyal and Flt Lt VK Agarwal became the first combat casualties since the 1971 War, when their Cheetah was shot down on 2 July 97



Commodore Commandants of 114 HU

Commandant Names Date/Year
Air Vice Marshal SM Hundiwala VM and Bar ??
Air Commodore DD Mandpe YSM Current

Commanding Officers of No.114 Helicopter Unit

Gallantry and Service Awardees of No.114 Helicopter Unit

Aircraft Types operated by 114 HU

Aircraft Type From To
Alloutte III (Chetak) 1964 1985
Alloutte II (Cheetah) 1978 Till Date

Locations of the Helicopter Unit

Locations From To
Srinagar 1964 1972
Jammu 1972 1984
Leh 1978 Till date