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Wing Commander Rajpal Singh Dhaliwal

Service No & Branch 23535 F(P)
Date of Birth: 06 Jan 1974 Commissioned: 17 Jun 1995 Course: 155 Course
Service End: Died in Service 21 Jan 2009 (35 Years age) Aircraft Loss Kiran HJT-16 at Bidar. SK
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Jun 1996Wg Cdr : 17 Jun 2008
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jul 2007 - 30 Jun 2009Sqn LdrSuryakiran Aerobatics Team Squadron Pilot
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Fg OffrRajpal Singh Dhaliwal23535 F(P)Award Date Announced 15 Aug 1999
Details :

Flying Officer Rajpal Singh Dhaliwal (23535-A) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Fighter Squadron with effect from 13 May 96. He is a two aircraft leader with 756 hrs of total flying experience. He was actively involved in the operations conducted during Operation 'SAFED SAGAR' and performed flawlessly. His Squadron was tasked for the night strike role over target area from 27 Jul 99 onwards. The profile of these attacks was such that it required accurate and skilful flying in the valley by night at one km above terrain level. Enemy resistance in the form of anti aircraft artillery and low level quick reaction missiles was also present. With mere 46 hours of night flying, no prior exposure to night strikes and limited Valley flying experience, Flying Officer Dhaliwal flew a total of four successful missions in these demanding circumstances. In all of these missions, he accurately delivered his weapons and was also able to visually sight the impact points. Flying Officer RS Dhaliwal has just about four years of commissioned service that makes him one of the youngest pilots in the history of the Indian Air Force to have taken part in night strike operations.

For his exceptional courage, determination and devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Flying Officer Rajpal Singh Dhaliwal.

Unit : 17 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 11th March 2000 - No.27-Pres/2000 dated 15th August 2000

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
21 Jan 2009Kiran HJT-16Wg Cdr Rajpal Singh Dhaliwal +
52 SqnSKAT. Cr near Belur
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