|Service No & Branch||3974 F(P)|
|Date of Birth: -- --- ----||Commissioned: 14 Oct 1950||Course: 53 Course|
|Service End:||Retired on 30 Sep 1980|
|Qualifications Held :|
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|- 01 Dec 1965||Sqn Ldr||No.3 Squadron||Flight Commander|
|29 May 1961 - 21 Nov 1962||Sqn Ldr||No.1 Squadron||Kalaikunda||Commanding Officer|
|- 01 Dec 1968||Wg Cdr||7 Wing||Ambala||Chief Operations Officer|
|12 Sep 1965 - 25 Sep 1967||Wg Cdr||No.3 Squadron||Pathankot||Commanding Officer|
|02 Mar 1972 - 05 Jan 1975||Gp Capt||Armament Training Wing||Jamnagar||Station Commander|
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|Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)|
|Sqn Ldr||Surapati Bhattacharya||3974 GD(P)||Award Date||Announced 26 Jan 1963|
|Details :||During the Goa Operations, Squadron Leader Bhattacharya was in command of a Mystere Squadron which was operating in close support of one of our battalions in the Daman Area. During one of the sorties, it was indicated to him that machine gun fire from a Portuguese strong point was hampering the advance of our own troops. Though left with only marginal fuel to return up to his base, Squadron Leader Bhattacharya pin-pointed the target, attacked it in the face of ground fire and succeeded in silencing the Portuguese machine guns. He thus saved our troops from heavy casualties and cleared the way for their advance. Squadron Leader Bhattacharya displayed cool courage and determination in this action.|
|Unit : 1 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963|
|Wg Cdr||Surapati Bhattacharya||3974 GD(P)||Award Date 12 Sep 1965||Announced 01 Jan 1966|
|Details :|| |
Wing Commander Surapati Bhattacharya was the Flight Commander of an operational fighter squadron in the western sector when the hostilities with Pakistan broke out. He took over the command of the squadron on 12th September 1965. He led a large number of missions against enemy armour and troop concentrations in close support of the army. In the face of enemy ground fire and air opposition, he pressed home his attacks and succeeded in destroying a number of enemy tanks, armoured vehicles and troop concentrations. In every operational mission undertook, he flew as the leader of the formation, and apart from the successes he achieved personally, he contributed to a great extent towards the successes achieved by the other aircraft of these formations.
By his personal example, he inspired other officers and airmen and instilled in them a spirit of confidence.
Wing Commander Surapati Bhattacharya displayed courage, determination and leadership of a high order in the best traditions of the Air Force.
|Unit : 3 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India , 12th February 1966 - No.15 - Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966|