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Air Vice Marshal Arvind Dalaya

Service No & Branch 4025 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters| Helicopters
Date of Birth: 20 Jun 1931 Commissioned: 19 Jan 1951 Course: 54 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Jun 1987 Superannuated Died on 02 Sep 2022 (91 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 19 Jan 1952Sqn Ldr : 19 Mar 1962Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1967Acting Gp Capt : 29 Jan 1973
Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1974Acting Air Cmde : 02 Jan 1979Air Cmde : 29 Aug 1979Acting AVM : 09 Jan 1984
AVM : 02 Jul 1984
Training and Other Courses Attended
22 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1982
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

- 26 Aug 1956Flt LtNo.52 (Auxiliary AF) SquadronBombay 
27 Aug 1956 - Flt LtAir Head QuartersDelhi 
10 Jun 1963 - 24 Jan 1964Sqn LdrNo.109 Helicopter UnitChandigarh Commanding Officer
21 Apr 1964 - 16 Jan 1966Sqn LdrNo.114 Helicopter UnitSrinagar Commanding Officer
25 Jul 1964 - 06 Aug 1964Sqn LdrNo.107 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
14 Feb 1966 - 16 Dec 1967Wg Cdr251 Signal UnitAgra Commanding Officer
30 Nov 1972 - 21 Jul 1975Gp Capt507 Signal UnitSingharsi Station Commander
04 Aug 1975 - 16 Mar 1977Gp Capt1 Air Force Selection BoardDehradun President
17 Mar 1977 - 26 Sep 1977Gp CaptAir Force Records OfficeNew Delhi Commanding Officer
01 Oct 1977 - 01 Jan 1979Gp CaptAFS New DelhiRace Course Station Commander
02 Jan 1979 - 05 Jan 1982Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Personnel Services)
01 Jan 1983 - Air Cmde3 WingPalam (Delhi) Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 1984 - 26 Feb 1985AVMJammu & KashmirUdhampur Air Officer Commanding
27 Feb 1985 - 31 Jul 1986AVMMaintenance CommandNagpur Senior Air & Administration Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrArvind Dalaya4025 GD(P)Award Date Announced 01 Jan 1966
Details :

Squadron Leader Arvind Dalaya has been commanding a Helicopter Unit operating in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh area since December, 1963. He was given the task of forming a new unit, with only a couple of trained aircrew and technicians. He also had to undertake major commitments in the area, since his was the only Helicopter Unit there. He successfully completed all the commitments assigned to him and also raised the operational standard of the unit.

In June, 1964, he was asked to evacuate casualties among members of Nanda Devi expedition. He personally flew the helicopter and successfully evacuated the casualties.

In June, 1965, when one of the helicopters of his unit had force-landed at a height of 15,000ft. in the Karakoram mountains, he led a team of technicians to the scene of accident and retrieved the damaged helicopter after changing its engine.

During the recent operations against Pakistan in Sialkot sector, he led sorties in the forward areas to bring back our Army battle casualties in spite of enemy aircraft activities in the vicinity. Squadron Leader Arvind Dalaya has set a fine example of leadership and devotion to duty.

Unit : 114 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeArvind Dalaya4025 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1982Announced 26 Jan 1982
Details :

Air Commodore Arvind Dalaya was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in January, 1951. His first posting was to a fighter Squadron where he was assessed as an above average pilot. After this he completed a tenure as a Flying Instructor. Later he had the distinction of commanding three helicopter units and was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal in 1965 for his participation in the Sialkot Sector. He was also assessed as an exceptional helicopter pilot.

Shortly afterwards, he commanded an establishment which was responsible for the receipt assembly and air test of the then latest fighter aircraft being acquired by the Air Force from abroad. All these aircraft were delivered to the earmarked Squadrons on schedule and without a single accident. For his dedicated work, he was commended by the CAS in 1971.

Immediately after this, he was entrusted with a task to carry out trial landings on water in the Chetak helicopter for the first time. He completed these trials single handed, and without sophisticated aids, on the Arabian Sea and evaluated the performance of the helicopter for landing on water. He then trained the entire newly formed helicopter unit in this task in order to enable them to operate at Bombay High.

In 1977, he was given command of a large Air Force Station. In this assignment, due to his total involvement in every aspect of the functioning of the Station, he ensured that the multifarious commitments and functions entrusted to the Station were always accomplished with a high degree of efficiency. It was during this period that the Station was called upon to assist the flood victims of Delhi area. It was because of his untiring effort and inspired leadership that prompt relief measures were undertaken to provide succour and rehabilitation to the affected villagers. His efforts earned the Air Force the praise of the public as well as the press.

In January, 1979, he took over as the Director of Personnel Services at Air Headquarters, an appointment responsible for a varied spectrum of activities ranging from Ceremonials, Publicity, Welfare, Honours and Awards, Bands, Catering, Dress, Disciplinary cases, Appeals, Writ Petitions, Provost, Benevolent Fund, Central Welfare Fund, etc.

Inspite of the heavy pressure of work involved, he always displayed a capacity for sustained and systematic hard work to achieve results.

Air Commodore Arvind Dalaya, VM, has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19820126

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