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Wing Commander Sudesh Kumar Dahar

Service No & Branch 4425 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 10 Mar 1934 Commissioned: 17 Jan 1953 Course: 59 Course
Service End: Died in Service 29 Jan 1968 (34 Years age) Aircraft Accident Nick Name : Slimy
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Jan 1954Flt Lt : 17 Jan 1958Sqn Ldr : 17 Jan 1964
Training and Other Courses Attended
2 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1951
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

14 Oct 1963 - 31 Mar 1966Sqn LdrNo.45 SquadronSarsawa/ Pune/ Patha Commanding Officer
26 Sep 1967 - 29 Jan 1968Wg CdrNo.1 SquadronAdampur Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt LtSudesh Kumar Dahar4425 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1964
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Sudesh Kumar Dahar has been employed on Flying Instructor's duties at one of our Jet Training Wings for the past five y ears. Since June 1961, he is serving in that Unit as Flight Commander. Out of a total of nearly 3000 hours of flying, he has flown about 1200 hours as an instructor on Jet aircraft. All through his stay at the Jet Training Wing, this officer has set an excellent personal example which is a source of inspiration to his fellow instructors in the performance of their duties. Time and again he had been entrusted with difficult trainees, with all of whom he succeeded in achieving remarkable results.

Flight Lieutenant Dahar has displayed devotion to duty and professional skill of a high order.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964.
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrSudesh Kumar Dahar4425 GD(P)Award Date 01 Sep 1965Announced 01 Jan 1966
Details :

Squadron Leader Sudesh Kumar Dahar was the leader of a Vampire force, which went in action on 1st September 1965 in the Chhamb sector, where a Pakistani force had crossed the border and attacked our positions with heavy armour. Squadron Leader Dahar led the first section, which destroyed six enemy Patton tanks, one anti-aircraft gun position, several trucks and many enemy troops in that area. His section of four Vampire aircraft was attacked by anti-aircraft guns and also by Sabre jets. Skillfully handing the situation, he brought three aircraft safely back to base after a successful mission.

His complete disregard of his personal safety was a source of inspiration to the other pilots and his squadron continued to inflict crushing blows on the enemy, destroying enemy supply lines petrol dumps railway wagons, conveys and encampments.

The courage and determination displayed by Squadron Leader Sudesh Kumar Dahar were in the highest traditions of the Air Force.

Unit : 45 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 12th February 1966 - No.15 - Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
29 Jan 1968MiG-21 FLWg Cdr Sudesh Kumar Dahar +
1 SqnCr after Flypast - W
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