Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Squadron Leader Harchand Singh Gill

Service No & Branch 2862 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 23 Feb 1923 Commissioned: 12 Mar 1944 Course:
Service End: Died in Service 23 Jun 1954 (31 Years age) Aircraft Accident Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Plt Offr : 12 Sep 1944Flt Lt : 12 Mar 1949
Badges Qualified
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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

12 Jul 1945 - 01 Jun 1947Plt OffrNo.7 Squadron Squadron Pilot fm 151OTU
27 May 1947 - 12 Aug 1947Fg OffrNo.6 SquadronMauripur Squadron Pilot
01 Aug 1952 - 01 Aug 1953Sqn Ldr10 WingJorhat Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Mention in Despatches
Flt LtHarchand Singh Gill2862 GD(P)Award Date Announced 13 Jan 1951
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : 12 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 17th February 1951 - No.2 - Pres dated 13th February 1951
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sqn LdrHarchand Singh Gill2862 GD(P)Award Date 10 Oct 1953Announced 26 Jan 1961
Details : In October 1953 a composite column of Assam Rifles and a Civil Administration Party was attacked by armed Tagins and some officers and men killed. In the operation launched against them, Squadron Leader H S Gill was in command of the detachment of Dakotas for the air-landing of the troops. The work of air landing personnel and supplies on the two small available landing grounds was difficult, Notwithstanding the difficulties, Squadron Leader Gill with his keen enthusiasm, boundless energy and courage personally carried out the major portion of the landings at Doporijo, By his tireless work, the airlift which had appeared impossible, became a reality. He showed courage and devotion to duty of the highest order.
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Reference : Gazette of India 28th January 1961 - No.7 - Pres/61 dated 26th January 1961

Accidents and Incidents: 4

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
02 Jun 1944Harvard IIBNANA/Plt Offr H S Gill
1SFTSCrashed 2215 hours -
21 Apr 1945Hurricane IVLF432Plt Offr H S Gill
151OTUFailed to lower u/C
14 Jun 1945HurricaneLD433Plt Offr H S Gill
151OTUU/C Extended due to
23 Jun 1954Dakota C-47UK5401Sqn Ldr Harchand Singh Gill +
Fg Offr Satbir Singh Sat +
11 Sqn6 killed. Nav Fg Of
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