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Air Commodore Karan Singh Chhina

Service No & Branch 12389 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 13 Jun 1970 Course: 104 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 2006 Superannuated Nick Name : Jungle Jim
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 02 Jun 1990Gp Capt : 01 Jun 1994Air Cmde : 22 Oct 1998
Training and Other Courses Attended
35 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 196840 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 24 Nov 1984
Badges Qualified
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1983 - 01 Dec 1983Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
01 Jul 1987 - 01 May 1989Wg CdrNo.4 SquadronUttarlai Commanding Officer
05 Jan 1998 - 31 Aug 2000Air Cmde7 WingAmbala Air Officer Commanding
01 Sep 2000 - 24 Feb 2002Air Cmde4 Air Force Selection BoardVaranasi President
22 Dec 2003 - 05 Dec 2005Air CmdeHQ NCCDelhi Deputy Director General (Planning & Coordination)
01 Dec 2005 - 31 Dec 2006Air CmdeAir Force Naval Housing BoardDelhi Deputy Director General
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrKaran Singh Chhina12389 F(P)Award Date 20 Feb 1989Announced 26 Jan 1990
Details :

Wing Commander Karan Singh Chhina has been commanding a fighter squadron since 06 Jul 87.

On 20 Feb 89, he was authorized to fly a handling/aerobatic sortie. This aircraft had come out after snag rectification of the cone system.

While lowering the undercarriage on downwind for a landing, he noticed that though the main wheel indications were showing green, there was no light indication of the nose wheel. Wg Cdr Chhina decided to fly past the Air Traffic Control (ATC) and get his undercarriage position confirmed visually. The ATC confirmed that the main wheels were down but the nose wheel was flushed up.

Disregarding all dangers to himself, Wg Cdr Chhina decided to put the aircraft with nose wheels up and landed the aircraft with the nose wheel up. This action on part of Wg Cdr Chhina was beyond the call of duty.

For his exemplary courage and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Karan Singh Chhina.

Unit : 4 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990
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