Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Wing Commander Mirgind Singh Grewal

Service No & Branch 3481 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 20 Sep 1924 Commissioned: 17 May 1948 Course: 44 Course
Service End: Died in Service 05 Apr 1965 (41 Years age) Aircraft Loss Otter DHC-3 at Tezpur. Cr
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 17 May 1953
Training and Other Courses Attended
10 DSSC (Flt Lt) - 14 Aug 19577 PAI (RAAF) (Flt Lt) - 18 May 1951
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

15 Feb 1960 - 02 Sep 1962Sqn LdrNo.45 SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
- 05 Apr 1965Wg Cdr11 WingTezpur Officer in Charge Flying
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrMirgind Singh Grewal3481 GD(P)Award Date 10 Oct 1960Announced 26 Jan 1962
Details :

On 10th October, 1960, Squadron Leader M S Grewal (3481) was detailed as the leader of a formation exercise comprising 5 aircraft. The aircraft was peeling off after completion of the exercise at a height of approximately 1000 feet when the No.2 collided with Sqn Ldr Grewal's aircraft resulting in damage to the elevator of such a nature that the control column could be moved backward with difficulty but not forward at all. The situation was further aggravated by the fact that the port drop tank was full due to failure of the fuel transfer system.

This extreme emergency, caused by no fault of his, called for the highest degree of airmanship, and Sqn Ldr Grewal by his coolness, presence of mind and skill, carried out a successful flapless landing thereby preventing what possibly could have been a fatal accident involving the total loss of the aircraft and a valuable life.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
31 Oct 1953Tempest IIFlt Lt Mirgind Singh Grewal
Pilot OK
05 Apr 1965Otter DHC-3IM-1727Wg Cdr Mirgind Singh Grewal +
59 SqnCr near Tezpur killi
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