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Air Commodore Hardyal Singh Dhillon

Service No & Branch 3237 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 17 Sep 1945 Course: 35 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1977 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Sep 1946Flt Lt : 17 Sep 1950Sqn Ldr : 11 May 1957Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1964
Acting Gp Capt : 13 Aug 1966Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1968Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1973
Training and Other Courses Attended
21 DSSC (Wg Cdr) - 14 Jul 196611 NDC (Gp Capt) - 28 Feb 1972
Badges Qualified
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Wg Cdr

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

01 Nov 1946 - 26 May 1947Acting Plt OffrNo.6 Squadron Squadron Pilot fm RAF Amb
- 26 Jun 1952Flt LtAir Head QuartersDelhi 
- 01 Apr 1956Flt LtHQ TCBangalore 
27 Jun 1952 - Flt LtPatna Commanding Officer
02 Apr 1956 - 05 Jun 1958Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
06 Jun 1958 - Sqn Ldr27 Signal UnitMadh Island Commanding Officer
01 Feb 1963 - 03 Dec 1965Wg CdrNo.43 SquadronSrinagar/ Sarsawa Commanding Officer
21 Sep 1968 - 04 Jan 1971Gp Capt509 Signal UnitLaitkor Peak Station Commander
13 Jan 1975 - 31 Mar 1977Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Central Air CommandLucknow Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrHardyal Singh Dhillon3237 GD(P)Award Date 18 Dec 1961Announced 26 Jan 1963
Details :

Squadron Leader Hardyal Singh Dhillon was commander of a transport flight operating from Jamnagar during the Goa Operations. He had to fly continuous ferry trips to all parts of India to bring in vitally needed spare parts required for the operations. On 18 December 1961 with a large quantity of ammunition and explosives aboard, he made a successful landing at an unfamiliar airfield with no night landing facilities. Squadron Leader Dhillon displayed commendable courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrHardyal Singh Dhillon3237 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1965Announced 26 Jan 1965
Details :

Wing Commander Hardyal Singh Dhillon has been in command of one of our operational Transport Squadrons deployed in J & K since the onset of emergency. This is his second operational tour in this area; first tenure being as a Fighter Pilot during Kashmir operations in 1948. Wg Cdr Dhillon was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal for his outstanding performance during Goa operations in 1961.

Immediately on taking over the Squadron, Wg Cdr Dhillon was faced with the enormously increased task of air­lift of vital supplies to our Army personnel employed in forward areas. In spite of the low manning level and various maintenance difficulties, Wg Cdr Dhillon faced the situation with grim determination, dauntless courage and unflinching devotion to duty. He re-organised his unit to meet the challenge with limited resources at his disposal. Having realized that in order to deliver the goods successfully Dakota aircraft of his unit will have to operate its maximum limits, he led most of the vital and hazardous missions personally and carried out 571 sorties involving more than 1000 hours in a remarkably short period of 20 months. On many days after having flown 8 hours, he had to deal with the administrative problems of his unit and could be seen supervising the servicing of his aircraft, thus ensuring proper running of the unit and a high rate of serviceability.

Inspired by his personal example and devotion to duty the officers and his men cheerfully worked round the clock as a perfect team and kept and much needed supply lines for the Army open throughout the year and thus brought admiration and credit from the troops to the Service. The Squadron completed the assigned air­lift to all the forward airfields and flew 16000 hours in spite of frequent interludes of bad weather within a period of 20 months, which is a remarkable achievement. He, by his careful planning and maintaining rigid discipline, both on the ground and in the air, kept his Squadron accident­free throughout this period. In spite of the difficult living and working conditions, Wing Commander Dhillon by taking personal interest in the welfare of his officers and men successfully maintained a very high morale in the Squadron.

Wing Commander Hardyal Singh Dhillon has thus rendered service of most exceptional order.

Unit : 43 Sqn
Reference : GoI19650126
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