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Group Captain Arun Kanti Mukherjee

Service No & Branch 4416 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 17 Jan 1953 Course: 59 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 1981 Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks : 28Sqn(65)
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Jan 1954Flt Lt : 17 Jan 1958Sqn Ldr : 17 Jan 1964Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1970
Acting Gp Capt : 12 Apr 1979
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

19 Jul 1967 - 23 Nov 1969Wg CdrNo.45 SquadronChandigarh Commanding Officer
01 Dec 1969 - Wg Cdr11 WingTezpur Officer in Charge Flying
15 Feb 1971 - 12 May 1972Wg CdrTactics & Combat Development & Training SquadronAdampur Commanding Officer
11 Aug 1980 - 13 Apr 1981Gp Capt9 Tactical Air CenterChandimandir Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Mention in Despatches
Sqn LdrArun Kanti Mukherjee4416 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : 28 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 5th November 1966 - No.77 - Pres/66 dated 27th October 1966
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrArun Kanti Mukherjee4416 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1970
Details :

Wing Commander Arun Kanti Mukherjee has been one of the pioneer supersonic pilots of the Indian Air Force. He has a total of 2,410 hours of flying to his credit and has flown over 1,200 sorties in the supersonic aircraft. In June 1967, he took over the command of a squadron which was responsible for the conversion training of pilots on the supersonic type. A large number of pilots have passed out from this squadron without a single serious mishap. Under the able leadership of Wing Commander Mukherjee, the Squadron has not only become a good conversion unit but if has also achieved a high degree of operational preparedness. In 1968, the squadron received three trophies for the best maintained supersonic squadron, the best squadron and the individual rocket trophy.

Throughout, Wing Commander Arun Kant Mukherjee displayed courage, determination and devotion to duty.

Unit : 45 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 25th April 1970 - No.16 - Pres/70 dated 26th January 1970
Vir Chakra
Wg CdrArun Kanti Mukherjee4416 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the recent hostilities with Pakistan, Wing Commander Arun Kant Mukherjee was commanding a Tactical Flying Unit. He undertook a number of operational sorties and attacked heavily defended enemy air bases. Due to his sound planning, all tasks allotted to his unit were accomplished in an exemplary manner. The unit carried out deep penetration sorties at night with single engine aircraft in the face of heavy enemy defences. The unit did valuable work in keeping the enemy force harassed at night.

Throughout the operations, Wing Commander Arun Kant Mukherjee displayed gallantry, leadership and flying skill of a high order.

Unit : TACDE
Reference : Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
21 Dec 1963MiG-21 FBC-820Sqn Ldr Arun Kanti Mukherjee
28 SqnMAC with another Mig
06 Sep 1965MiG-21 PFBC-824Sqn Ldr Arun Kanti Mukherjee
28 SqnDest on ground Patha
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