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Group Captain Umesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria

Service No & Branch 22906 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 05 Mar 1994 Course: 5 HSSC Course
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Wg Cdr : 05 Mar 2007Gp Capt : 22 Apr 2015
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrUmesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria22906 F(P)Award Date 19 Aug 2012Announced 15 Aug 2013
Details : Wing Commander Umesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria (22906) Flying (Pilot) is commanding a Cheetah Cheetal Helicopter Unit at one of the Northern most bases of the Indian Air Force since 04 Jul 11. On 19 Aug 12, Wg Cdr UKS Bhadauria was authorised to lead a two helicopter formation to search and rescue a critically injured German national, who was part of a joint German-Italian team of mountaineers which was climbing up Nun peak. The team was hit by an avalanche in which one German national sustained severe injury while two porters were missing. The expedition requested for an air rescue through their organising agency and the embassy in India. Despite the very limited time and sketchy information available. Wg Cdr UKS Bhadauria along with his crew members displayed extreme swiftness and professionalism in planning the mission which included the route and fuel planning. power margins and a plan to execute the search and rescue. After carrying out a detailed analysis and assessment of the situation, he ensured that the formation was airborne in the shortest possible time. Using his judgment and navigation skills, he reached the avalanche site just a few hundred feet below the Nun peak even though the co-ordinates provided were way out. He started a search pattern at 23000 feet which is the service ceiling of the helicopter. He quickly spotted the foot tracks coming down from the avalanche site and followed it to spot the casualty. He found that the camp site was at 19000 feet. Also. the site was located in a place with very little manoeuvring space. Despite the deteriorating weather. he reattempted a landing to pick up the critically injured casualty. The inhospitable terrain coupled with negligible reserve of power and turbulence in the area made the task extremely challenging. However, he remained undeterred and used his experience and well calculated judgment to execute an extremely difficult approach to land on an unprepared surface in a very restricted space. The casualty was taken on board without wasting any time and the rescue team landed back at Leh within three hours. This act of valour by Wg Cdr UKS Bhadauria, wherein he led the mission efficiently in the face of inhospitable terrain and extremely demanding conditions, showcases the highest level of leadership. professionalism and exceptional courage. This daring rescue from the dizzying heights of the Himalayas was widely reported by media and has enhanced the glory of the Indian Air Force well beyond national boundaries. For the act of exceptional courage, professional competence and successful execution of the rescue mission in the face of the inhospitable terrain and extremely demanding conditions, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Wing Commander Umesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria.
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