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Group Captain Arun Kumar Dharamdas Sonpar

Service No & Branch 13398 F(P) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 02 Jun 1973 Course: 110 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 2003 Voluntary Retirement Flying Hours : 6765 Nick Name : Pebbles
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jul 1991Acting Gp Capt : 29 Mar 1996Gp Capt : 01 Sep 1996
Training and Other Courses Attended
41 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 197142 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 09 May 1987
Badges Qualified
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Sqn Ldr
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 1972 - 01 Jun 1972Flt CdtElementary Flying SchoolBidar Flight Cadet
01 Jun 1972 - 01 Dec 1972Flt CdtAir Force AcademyDundigal Flight Cadet
01 Jan 1973 - 01 Jun 1973Flt CdtFighter Training WingSecunderabad Flight Cadet
01 Jul 1973 - 01 Jun 1974Plt OffrOperational Conversion UnitJamnagar Trainee
01 Jun 1974 - 01 Mar 1975Fg OffrNo.22 SquadronHashimara Squadron Pilot
01 Mar 1975 - 01 Sep 1975Fg OffrHelicopter Training SchoolHakimpet Conversion Course
01 Sep 1975 - 01 Nov 1979Fg OffrNo.117 Helicopter UnitBareilly Squadron Pilot
01 Nov 1979 - 01 Dec 1982Flt LtNo.131 FAC FlightUdhampur Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1982 - 01 Dec 1982Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Instructor Trainee
01 Jul 1982 - 01 May 1983Flt LtElementary Flying SchoolBidar Flying Instructor
01 Jun 1983 - 01 May 1986Sqn LdrHelicopter Training SchoolHakimpet Flying Instructor
01 Jun 1987 - 01 Nov 1990Sqn LdrNo.107 Helicopter UnitJodhpur Flight Commander
01 Nov 1990 - 01 Dec 1991Wg Cdr19 WingBorjhar (Guwahati) Adj to COO
30 Dec 1991 - 17 Oct 1993Wg CdrNo.118 Helicopter UnitGuwahati Commanding Officer
01 Nov 1993 - 01 Dec 1994Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi DD (Ops, T&M)
01 Dec 1994 - 01 Oct 1995Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi DD (Ops, VIP)
09 Oct 1995 - 02 Nov 1997Gp Capt4 Tactical Air CenterNagrota Commanding Officer
03 Nov 1997 - 08 May 2001Gp CaptAFS MumbaiMumbai Station Commander
01 Jun 2001 - 01 Mar 2003Gp CaptWestern Air CommandDelhi Ops IIB
01 Mar 2003 - 31 Dec 2003Gp CaptNCC Delhi CDelhi Group Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrArun Kumar Dharamdas Sonpar13398 F(P)Award Date 11 Oct 1987Announced 14 Apr 1988
Details : Squadron Leader Arun Dharam Das Sonpar is posted to a helicopter unit. He was detailed as co-pilot with Fg Offr V Prakash on special Heliborne Operation on the night of 11/12 Oct 87. He was made responsible for successfully landing the troops for three missions at a helipad under heavy fire. The helicopter received heavy damage. Sqn Ldr Sonpar gave valuable support to his Captain and thereby ensured that the helicopter was flown back to base successfully.

For his exceptional dedication to duty and professional competence of a higher order, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Sqn Ldr Sonpar.

Unit : 107 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 13th August 1988 - No.78-Pres/88 dated 15th April 1988
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