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Squadron Leader Vinod Kumar Sahgal

Service No & Branch 3853 GD(P) Stream :Fighters| Helicopters
Date of Birth: 25 Jan 1927 Commissioned: 15 Apr 1950 Course: 51/52 Course
Service End: Died in Service 20 Oct 1962 (35 Years age) Aircraft Accident Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 15 Apr 1951Flt Lt : 15 Apr 1955Sqn Ldr : 15 Apr 1961
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

12 Oct 1959 - 19 Oct 1962Sqn LdrNo.104 Helicopter UnitPalam Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrVinod Kumar Sahgal3853 GD(P)Award Date 01 May 1961Announced 15 Aug 1961
Details :

On 1st May 1961, one Dakota aircraft, while on a sortie near the U.P./Tibet border area was reported missing. Squadron Leader Sahgal, who was commanding a Helicopter unit, volunteered to lead the Helicopter Detachment personally to locate the missing aircraft and conduct the rescue operations. This task not only involved reconnaissance over a hazardous mountainous area under unfavourable weather conditions, but also entailed considerable administrative and logistic planning in moving the detachment at short notice to various advanced outposts. He ferried the helicopter form his parent unit to an advanced base on 2nd May commenced intensive search of the area where the aircraft was report4ed to have crashed. Due to conflicting reports regarding he location of the crashed aircraft, it became frequently necessary to modify the operational and logistical plans and adjust it suitably to meet the situation. Next day he resumed the search and succeeded in establishing that the aircraft had not crashed I the area reported. By this time information had been received that the surviving members of the crew had reached one of the advance Army out posts. Squadron Leader Sahgal had therefore to move his detachment further up in order to rescue the survivors who were injured and needed immediate evacuation. Despite the difficult terrain and bad weather, he succeeded in locating a s suitable landing area. In evacuating the survivors, Squadron Leader Sahgal took an extremely bold step to fly out two survivors at a time, there by completing the evacuation in the least possible time. With a view to recover the bodies of the dead, he was detailed to further reconnoiter the area. In spite of fatigue, he carried out the search. During all these flights, Squadron Leader Sahgal had to fly his helicopter practically to the limits of the performance under adverse weather conditions.

Unit : 104 HU
Reference : Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
20 Oct 1962Bell 47GBZ-543Sqn Ldr Vinod Kumar Sahgal +
104 HSLanded at Tsangdhar
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