|Service No & Branch||3319 GD(P)|
|Date of Birth: 21 Sep 1924||Commissioned: 25 Feb 1946||Course: 38 Course|
|Service End:||Retired on 01 Dec 1966 Released to Air India Died on 01 Mar 2013 (89 Years age)|
|Qualifications Held :|
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|-||Wg Cdr||No.42 Squadron||Palam||Commanding Officer|
|28 May 1963 - 30 Nov 1965||Wg Cdr||No.25 Squadron||Chandigarh||Commanding Officer|
|01 Dec 1965 - 01 Dec 1966||Wg Cdr||Air India||Pilot|
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|Sqn Ldr||Reginald Azariah Rufus||3319 GD(P)||Award Date 26 Feb 1957||Announced 26 Jan 1959|
|Details :|| |
On 26th February 1957, the Prime Minister and his party were travelling from Mangalore to Raipur in a twin-engined I.A.F. plane piloted by Sqn. Ldr. Rufus. About an hour and a quarter after taking off, fire and considerable vibration in the port engine were noticed. Immediate steps were taken to put out the fire. With one of the two engines out of action, Sqn. Ldr. Rufus decided to land at a disused kutcha landing strip at Raichur 25 miles away-the nearest regularly used airfield being more than 80 miles. By exceptionally accurate judgment and flying skill he made a perfect landing thus ensuring complete safety of the Prime Minister and his party.
Throughout this incident, Sqn. Ldr. Rufus handled the plane with cool courage and skill in the best traditions of Indian Air Force.
|Unit : Air HQ and Comm|
|Reference : Notification No. 37-Pres/59 dated 17th July, 1959 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 1st August, 1959.|