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Group Captain Paritosh Upadhyay

Service No & Branch 18581 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 06 Dec 1986 Course: 138 Course
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Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 06 Dec 1991Wg Cdr : 05 May 2003Gp Capt : 06 Jul 2009
Training and Other Courses Attended
69 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1985
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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

11 Aug 2003 - 12 Sep 2005Wg CdrNo.119 Helicopter UnitJamnagar Commanding Officer
- Gp CaptHQ NCCDelhi Gp Capt (Air)
06 Jul 2009 - 18 Jul 2011Gp Capt511 Signal UnitDinjan Station Commander
16 Aug 2011 - 28 Jul 2014Gp Capt3 Battalion, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Battalion Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt LtParitosh Upadhyay18581 F(P)Award Date 13 Oct 1992Announced 26 Jan 1993
Details :

On 13 Oct 92, the hauling cable of cable car carrying passengers to 'Timber Trail' holiday resort had snapped and ten passengers on board got stranded in the middle of the valley. The Air Force was given the task to rescue the passengers of cable car which was dangling at a height of 1500 ft. above the river bed.

A specially selected aircrew including Flt Lt P Upadhaya was tasked to undertake this hazardous mission. The only way, the tourists could be saved was by winching them up from the cable car. For this, the helicopter had to hover precariously close to the set of cables that ran above the cable car. The mission was fraught with danger as the slightest mistake on the part of any team member could end in disaster.

The helicopter was manoeuvred to a position above the cable car, with a roof approx 2' x 2' in dimension. Absence of any visual reference, turbulence and strong winds made precision hovering over the car very difficult and hazardous. Hovering is tiring and doing the same respectively ten times, 20 mts. each, involved exceptional courage and professional skills. It was due to sheer professionalism and exceptional courage that all ten passengers were rescued. This rescue operation was perhaps the first of its kind in the history.

For exceptional courage, professional of highest order, excellent team work and exemplary devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Flt Lt P Upadhaya.

Unit : 152 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 24th April 1993 - No.63-Pres/93 dated 26th January 1993
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