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Group Captain Ravindera Singh Mann

Service No & Branch 15434 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 07 Jul 1978 Course: 121 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Aug 2006
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 08 Jun 1989Wg Cdr : 12 Jun 1995Gp Capt : 16 Dec 2004
Training and Other Courses Attended
52 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1977
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 Sep 1990 - 01 Jun 1993Sqn LdrNo.131 FAC FlightHalwara Flight Commander
17 Jul 1995 - 28 Jun 1998Wg CdrNo.131 FAC FlightHalwara/ Hindon Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Shaurya Chakra
Wg CdrRavindera Singh Mann15434 F(P)Award Date 12 Sep 1995Announced 26 Jan 1996
Details :

Wg Cdr RS Mann (15434) F (P) is on the posted strength of 131 FAC Flight since 17 Jul 1995 as the Commanding Officer.

On 06 Sep 95 he was tasked to operate a detachment of three helicopters from Manali to carry out rescue and relief duties for the stranded personnel of SASE which had been severely damaged due to floods. He along with his other pilots of the unit undertook the task in a professional manner. During the detachment period, on 12 Sep 1995 at 1330 hrs Wg Cdr Mann received a message from Deputy Commissioner, Kulu that there had been a massive landslide 4 km north of Kulu and that there was a requirement to carry out a aerial recce to assess the damage to life and property. Wg Cdr Mann realized the gravity of the situation and got airborne in Cheetah helicopter with Wg Cdr Natt. On reaching the site he found that the landslide had taken place in a bowl due to the river changing its course. There were electric and telephone cables criss crossing the entire bowl. During the recce he observed two survivors in the river on submerged boulders. He attempted to land the helicopter on a small island between the fast flowing rivers to rescue them but could not do so due to large boulders, tall trees and wires. He quickly assessed the situation and decided that the only way was to physically pull out the two stranded persons for which the helicopter doors had to be removed. Wg Cdr RS Mann picked up Wg Cdr Natt from the island and flew towards the survivors. The helicopter was very carefully and precisely hovered near the survivors and then slowly inched forward and lowered with its skid touching the water. Wg Cdr Natt stood on the skid holding the pilot's seat and pulled up the survivors into the helicopter from the fast flowing river. This was achieved in the third attempt. Another circuit was carried out and the second survivor was pulled out in a similar manner.

Wing Commander Ravindera Singh Mann thus displayed high level of professional competence and courage of high order beyond the call of duty.

Unit : 131 FAC Flt
Reference : Gazette of India , 9th March 1996 - No.16 - Pres/96 dated 26th January 1996
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