Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Air Commodore Narinder Chatrath

Service No & Branch 3959 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 23 Oct 1927 Commissioned: 14 Oct 1950 Course: 53 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Oct 1979 Superannuated Died on 18 Jun 2022 (95 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Oct 1951Flt Lt : 14 Oct 1955Sqn Ldr : 14 Oct 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1967
Acting Gp Capt : 03 Mar 1972Acting Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1976Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1976
Training and Other Courses Attended
15 NDC (Gp Capt) - 01 Dec 1975
Badges Qualified
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Sqn Ldr

Gp Capt
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 Dec 1958Flt LtAir Head QuartersDelhi PA and ADC to CAS & C-in-
01 Jan 1959 - 31 Jan 1961Flt LtEqypt AFCairo Flying Instructor
- 13 Feb 1963Sqn LdrNo.55 (Auxiliary AF) SquadronBarrackpore Commanding Officer
14 Feb 1963 - 07 Apr 1965Sqn LdrNo.221 Squadron Commanding Officer
13 Jan 1969 - 02 Mar 1972Wg CdrNo.17 SquadronHashimara Commanding Officer
04 Mar 1972 - 05 Jan 1975Gp Capt9 WingHalwara Station Commander
01 Jan 1976 - 31 Mar 1979Air CmdeHigh Commission of India, United KingdomLondon Air Advisor
01 Jun 1979 - 31 Oct 1979Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Personnel Officers
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Wg CdrNarinder Chatrath3959 F(P)Award Date 04 Dec 1971Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : On 04 December 1971, Wing Commander Narinder Chatrath led an attack on Kurmitola, the heavily defended airbase near Dacca. Near the target, the formation was intercepted by Pakistani Sabres. As the formation broke out to deal with the attacking Sabres, Wg Cdr Chatrath engaged a Sabre. After a dogfight the Sabre disengaged and started returning to base. Although the weather was bad and the fuel was running low, he chased the Sabre deep into enemy territory, engaged it in another dogfight and shot it down. The aircraft hit the ground and blew up in flames. In this action, Wing Commander Chatrath displayed Gallantry and flying skill of a high order
Unit : 17 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972
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