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Group Captain Suresh Gattu

Service No & Branch 14562 F(P)
Date of Birth: 10 Nov 1954 Commissioned: 13 Jun 1976 Course: 116 Course
Service End: Retired on 10 Apr 2003 Died on 09 Dec 2007 (53 Years age)
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 14 Jun 1993Gp Capt : 17 Jul 2000
Training and Other Courses Attended
47 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1974
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Sep 1987 - 30 Jul 1989Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Shaurya Chakra
Fg OffSuresh Gattu14562 F(P)Award Date 23 May 1980Announced 26 Jan 1982
Details :

On the 23rd May, 1980, Flying Officer Suresh Gattu was authorized to fly as No. 2 in a two aircraft sector reconnaissance sortie. At the end of the sortie, after peel off overhead, while turning onto downwind, Flying Officer Suresh Gattu found his flight instruments flicker and become unserviceable. His radio telephone faded out at this stage. He tried lowering undercarriage unsuccessfully by normal means. The cone was stuck and all attempts to retract it manually were of no avail. Flaps also failed to lower. The trimmer was also stuck and inoperative and there were no light indications in the cockpit. Flying Officer Suresh Gattu lowered the undercarriage by emergency method and made a flapless approach. After touch down he put off HP cock and operated the tail chute. The tail chute did not operate and he was left with maxarette braking also inoperative (his threshold speed was 300 kmph, it being a flapless approach). Flying Officer Suresh Gattu brought the aircraft to a stop safely by the end of the runway and with scant regard to his personal safety when odds pitched against him were very high, saved a costly aircraft.

Flying Officer Suresh Gattu thus displayed a high degree of professional skill, competence and devotion to duty.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India , 10th April 1982 - No.19 - Pres/82 dated 26th January 1982

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
07 Apr 1989MiG-23 BNSqn Ldr Suresh Gattu
10 SqnMark and Gattu had g
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