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Group Captain Vivek Vikash Bandopadhayay

Service No & Branch 15863 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 14 Dec 1979 Course: 124 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 May 2007
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 14 Dec 1990Wg Cdr : 26 Aug 1996Gp Capt : 13 Jan 2003
Training and Other Courses Attended
55 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 197832 LDMC (Wg Cdr) - 31 Mar 2002
Badges Qualified
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Gp Capt
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 Jun 1993 - Sqn LdrNo.116 Helicopter Unit Flight Commander
23 Apr 1997 - 13 Jun 1999Wg CdrNo.114 Helicopter UnitLeh Commanding Officer
10 May 2004 - 04 Jan 2005Gp Capt37 WingCarnicobar Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrVivek Vikash Bandopadhayay15863 F(P)Award Date 22 Oct 1997Announced 15 Aug 1998
Details :

Wing Commander Vivek Vikash Bandopadhay (15863) Flying (Pilot) is the Commanding Officer of a Helicopter Unit Air Force since 23 April 97.

On 22 October 97, one helicopter of his unit was compelled to force land at an altitude of 19250 ft near 'Amar' while operating in Op Meghdoot area. The force landing point was very close to enemy position and within their firing range. On receiving news, Wing Commander Bandopadhay immediately initiated the action to retrieve the aircraft despite very difficult circumstances.

He immediately flew in to 'Amar' to assess if the helicopter could be flown out. On confirming that the aircraft could be flown out from the forced landing point after rectification, he flew in a second sortie the same day with necessary equipment and manpower. This time he was unable to land due to heavy enemy firing. He made the third successful attempt on the next day and got the helicopter rectified. However, the aircraft could not be flown out due to persistent enemy firing. On 24 October 97, sensing that any further delay in flying out the stranded aircraft could result in its loss due to enemy firing, Wing Commander Bandopadhay decided to take a bold step. He started up and flew out the aircraft in the face of enemy firing. The helicopter had suffered significant collateral damage due to enemy shelling but was flown out safely to the base camp.

Wing Commander Bandopadhay executed this task with utmost courage and with complete disregard to his personal safety. In this action of retrieving the helicopter, he showed complete dedication to duty, exceptional qualities of leadership and courage.

For his devotion to duty and professional courage, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Vivek Vikash Bandopadhay.

Unit : 114 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 28th November 1998 - No.107-Pres/98 dated 15th August 1998
Shaurya Chakra
Gp CaptVivek Vikash Bandopadhayay15863 F(P)Award Date 26 Dec 2004Announced 15 Aug 2005
Details :

On 26 December 2004, Air Force Station Carnicobar was devastated by a severe earthquake measuring 9.1 on the Richter scale, lasting for ten to fifteen minutes, followed by Tsunami waves. As the disaster struck, Group Captain Bandopadhay, unmindful of his personal safety, rushed to all accessible areas of Air Force Station exhorting and guiding people to move to safer areas. While moving around the Station , he met the CO of Helicopter unit and requested him to immediately launch a helicopter sortie. This led to prompt rescue operation and ultimately saved hundreds of lives. In the process, he also entered a submerged area to rescue a stranded child. Even as huge Tsunami waves were approaching the area, he took several women and children in his vehicle and dropped them to a safer place. In process, he was hit by the wave and washed away. He somehow managed to hold on to a tree for a couple of hours to save his life. As water receded, he continued his mission of search and rescue and providing succor to devastated people.

Throughout he displayed exemplary courage and fortitude.

Unit : 37 Wing
Reference : Notification No. 126-Pres/2005 dated 15th August, 2005 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 26th November, 2005.
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