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Wing Commander Bikram Dev Singh

Service No & Branch 13573 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 09 Feb 1974 Course: 111 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 1996
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jul 1991
Training and Other Courses Attended
42 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1972
Badges Qualified
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Flt Lt

Wg Cdr
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

- 02 Oct 1982Flt LtNo.114 Helicopter Unit Squadron Pilot
01 Jun 1987 - 14 Aug 1989Sqn LdrNo.114 Helicopter Unit Squadron Pilot
01 Jul 1993 - 01 Apr 1996Wg CdrNo.115 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Shaurya Chakra
Flt LtBikram Dev Singh13573 F(P)Award Date 25 Jun 1982Announced 26 Jan 1983
Details :

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.

Unit : 114 HU
Reference : Gazette of India , 19th March 1983 - No.14 - Pres/83 dated 26th January 1983
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