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Air Vice Marshal Ranjan Dutt

Service No & Branch 1594 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 30 Sep 1921 Commissioned: 01 Aug 1940 Course: 4 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 May 1968 Completion of tenure in Air Rank Died on 13 Aug 2009 (88 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Feb 1942Acting Flt Lt : 01 Oct 1943Flt Lt : 20 Jun 1946Sqn Ldr : 15 Aug 1947
Wg Cdr : 15 Aug 1948Acting Gp Capt : 01 Aug 1948Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1953Acting Air Cmde : 28 May 1958
Air Cmde : 05 Oct 1958Acting AVM : 13 Apr 1960AVM : 01 Apr 1964C-in-C : 13 Apr 1960
Training and Other Courses Attended
4 RAF (Acting Plt Offr) - 01 Aug 1940
Badges Qualified
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Gp Capt

Air Cmde

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

- 15 Feb 1942Plt Offr94 Sqn, RAFMiddle East Squadron Pilot
01 Aug 1940 - 01 Sep 1940Acting Plt OffrInitial Training School (Officers)Lahore Trainee Pilot
27 Apr 1941 - 01 Jun 1941Plt Offr56 OTU, RAFSutton Bridge, UK Conversion
02 Jun 1941 - 27 Sep 1941Plt Offr32 Sqn, RAFNortholt, UK Squadron Pilot to RAF West Kirby
23 Feb 1942 - 06 Sep 1942Fg OffrNo.4 SquadronKohat Squadron Pilot
01 Dec 1942 - 22 Jan 1943Fg OffrNo.1 SquadronTrichinopoly Squadron Pilot To Risalpur
01 Jun 1944 - 01 Jun 1944Flt LtNo.151 Operational Training UnitRisalpur To 20RAF Sqn
07 Nov 1944 - 25 Apr 1945Flt LtNo.10 Squadron Flight Commander B Flt. To UK FLC
22 Aug 1945 - 02 Jan 1946Flt LtNo.8 SquadronMingaladon Flight Commander B Flt
02 Jan 1946 - 23 Mar 1946Flt LtNo.2 SquadronKohat Flight Commander B Flt
- 14 May 1947Sqn LdrNo.1 (Indian) GroupPeshawar S/L (Ops)
20 Mar 1946 - 14 May 1947Sqn LdrNo.1 SquadronPeshawar Commanding Officer
15 Nov 1947 - 31 Jul 1948Wg CdrNo 1 Operational Group (WAC)Delhi Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Aug 1948 - 21 Jul 1949Gp CaptNo 1 Operational Group (WAC)Delhi Senior Air Staff Officer
22 Jul 1949 - 05 Apr 1950Gp CaptOperational CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
21 Jul 1951 - 01 Sep 1951Gp CaptNo.1 Air Force AcademyAmbala Commanding Officer
01 Sep 1951 - 08 Oct 1954Gp CaptNo.1 Air Force AcademySecunderabad Commandant
09 Oct 1954 - 27 May 1958Gp CaptAir Operations, Air HQDelhi Director, Operations
28 May 1958 - 23 Mar 1959Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Policy and Plan
23 Mar 1959 - 12 Apr 1960Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding
13 Apr 1960 - 29 Dec 1960AVMTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
20 Dec 1960 - 27 Oct 1966AVMHALBangalore MD
28 Oct 1966 - 31 Mar 1968AVMEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Gp CaptRanjan Dutt1594 GD(P)Award Date 02 Nov 1948Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Group Captain (Now Air Vice Marshal) Ranjan Dutt – (1594), while serving as S.A.S.O Headquarters No. 1 (Operational) Group, took every opportunity to take part in the Kashmir Operations.

This officer had on three occasions led, with distinction attacks on KISHENGANGA Bridge. The first attack resulted in temporary stoppage of movement of enemy troops and supplies over the bridge. When movement again resumed after the bridge had been repaired, reinforced with heavy protective medium ‘Flak” he led another formation for the second time. To facilitate his formation to attack, he went low to straff and silenced the gun positions. In spite of his aircraft being hit by enemy fire, he attacked with precision and knocked out one of the gun positions.

Leading a formation of four aircraft, he again attacked the Kishenganga Bridge, undeterred by the fact that his aircraft had been shot up badly the day before. Although his aircraft was damaged by heavy anti-aircraft fire in this sortie also, he attacked with precision and determination and scored a direct hit on the bridge, causing considerable damage to it. After the mission, by great skill, he brought his badly damaged aircraft back safely to the base. He also carried out highly successful reconnaissance sorties and attacks on Gilgit and Skardu.

For the outstanding services rendered by him during the Kashmir Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Unit : No.1 Op Group
Reference : Gazette of India , Extraordinary, No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950

Additional Notes

Remarks: via Gp Capt Jacob Chacko Note added: 2009-08-13
With great sorrow, I wish to inform all of us that Air Vice Marshal Ranjan Dutt passed away early this morning (Aug 13) in Chennai.  His son Shunith advised me about this.  Arrangements are being made for his cremation today. May God Bless his soul and help his family in this time of sorrow.
'  They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
  At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
    We will remember them..."
Remarks: Air Marshal Raghavendran (on Email) Note added: 2010-10-28
Ranjan Dutt was probably the Greatest Commander and Leader the IAF ever had. i believe he underwent the fighter Leader's course, the first indian to do so, under the command of the legendary Douglas Bader. A born aviator and leader in aviation combat thinking, one always wonders 'What If' - where would we have been had he been the Chief.


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