Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Wing Commander Arnold Sochindranath Williams

Service No & Branch 3950 GD(P) Stream :Fighters| Helicopters
Date of Birth: 11 Aug 1927 Commissioned: 14 Oct 1950 Course: 53 Course
Service End: Retired on 02 Oct 1968 Released to Air India Died on 25 Oct 2010 (83 Years age) Nick Name : Satto
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Oct 1951Flt Lt : 14 Oct 1955Sqn Ldr : 14 Oct 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1967
Training and Other Courses Attended
21 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 14 Jul 1966
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

01 Jan 1960 - 16 Jul 1961Sqn LdrNo.107 Helicopter UnitSrinagar Commanding Officer
28 May 1961 - 15 May 1963Sqn LdrNo.105 Helicopter UnitChabua Commanding Officer
01 Aug 1963 - 19 Jul 1965Sqn LdrNo.112 Helicopter UnitJorhat Commanding Officer
26 Sep 1967 - 02 Oct 1968Wg CdrAir India Pilot
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrArnold Sochindranath Williams3950 GD(P)Award Date 12 Oct 1962Announced 12 Nov 1962
Details :

On 20th October, 1962, Squadron Leader A S Williams was ordered to find out the position prevailing at one of our Army posts in NEFA which had been subjected to heavy attacks by Chinese invaders. To carry out the task, he flew in a helicopter but it was damaged by heavy anti-aircraft fire by the Chinese. In order to save the aircraft from further damage, he skillfully maneuvered it towards the nearest helipad at another post. Unfortunately, the helicopter developed engine troubles as a result of the damage caused by enemy fire and he was forced to crash land it two miles from the helipad. He then trekked to the nearest Army post and was eventually evacuated to his own unit.

Earlier, on 12th October 1962, Squadron Leader Williams had flown several sorties in a helicopter by day and night to evacuate casualties from forward posts in the same area.

The courage and devotion to duty displayed by Squadron Leader Williams in difficult conditions were of a high order.

Unit : 105 HU
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st December 1962 - No.71 - Pres/62 dated 12th November 1962

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
12 Oct 1962Sikorsky S-62BZ-500Sqn Ldr Arnold Sochindranath Williams
104 HSCrashed after TO
20 Oct 1962Bell 47GBZ-541Sqn Ldr Arnold Sochindranath Williams
105 HUSD by Ground fire at

Articles from Main Site

Rescue Missions in Tsangdhar by Sqn Ldr A S Williams VrC (Retd) -

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