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Wing Commander Surya Kant Badhwar

Service No & Branch 3973 GD(P) Stream :Fighters| Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 14 Oct 1950 Course: 53 Course
Service End: Retired on 12 Jun 1971 Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Oct 1951Flt Lt : 14 Oct 1955Sqn Ldr : 14 Dec 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1968
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

13 Aug 1962 - 24 Jul 1964Sqn LdrNo.107 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
21 Nov 1964 - 06 Aug 1966Sqn LdrLogistics Support Training UnitAllahabad Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrSurya Kant Badhwar3973 GD(P)Award Date 04 Oct 1962Announced 12 Nov 1962
Details :

One of our Army posts in Ladakh have been surrounded by Chinese invaders, had to depend solely on air support. Our troops who had endured the siege had to be relieved and this could be done only by helicopter. On 4th October 1062, Squadron Leader Badhwar and Flight Lieutenant Narayanan flew several sorties to carry out this task. During one of the sorties, they experienced loss of engine power and eventually force-landed in a river-bed after avoiding a few Chinese posts. In order to obtain relief, they walked towards one of our posts, but after some time they observed a large number of armed Chinese troops. They then returned to the helicopter and decided to chance a flight. Meanwhile, about 150 Chinese had taken up positions on the hill tops near the helicopter and were beckoning to them to surrender. With great presence of mind, they managed to get to the helicopter and piloted it safely to one of our posts and thus saved valuable lives and equipment.

The cool courage displayed by Squadron Leader Badhwar and Flight Lieutenant Narayanan in a difficult situation was of a high order.

Unit : 107 HU
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st December 1962 - No.71 - Pres/62 dated 12th November 1962
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