Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Flight Lieutenant Karan Sher Singh Kalsia

Service No & Branch 4474 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 02 Nov 1932 Commissioned: 01 Apr 1953 Course: 60 Course
Service End: Died in Service 19 Jan 1961 (29 Years age) Aircraft Loss Hunter F56 at Jamnagar. f
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Apr 1954
Training and Other Courses Attended
3 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1951
Badges Qualified
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Kirti Chakra
Flt LtKaran Sher Singh Kalsia4474 GD(P)Award Date 19 Jan 1961Announced 10 Sep 1962
Details :

On 19th January, 1961, while on a training flight, Flight Lieutenant Kalsia found that the engine of his aircraft had flamed out. The aircraft was heading towards Jamnagar city and had he bailed out and abandoned the aircraft, it would have crashed in the city, causing extensive damage to life and property. Realising this, Flight Lieutenant Kalsia turned his aircraft away from the populated area and in doing so lost valuable height. He then attempted a force landing as he was left with no other option and was killed in the attempt.

Flight Lieutenant Kalsia displayed courage of a very high order and gave his own life to avoid an accident which might have resulted in the loss of several other lives. His gallant action was in the highest traditions of the Air Force.

Unit : 7 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 22nd September 1962 - No.55 - Pres/62 dated 10th September 1962

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
20 Jul 1954Vampire FB52Fg Offr Karan Sher Singh Kalsia
7 SqnEngine Failure 18000
19 Jan 1961Hunter F56BA-327Flt Lt Karan Sher Singh Kalsia +
7 Sqnflame out on t/o. Tr
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