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Wing Commander Amar Jit Singh Sandhu

Service No & Branch 4705 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 23 Jan 1933 Commissioned: 15 May 1954 Course: 62 Course
Service End: Died in Service 24 Sep 1971 (38 Years age) Aircraft Loss Gnat at Pathankot. Night
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Fg Offr : 15 May 1955
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Sqn Ldr
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

- 01 Dec 1965Sqn LdrNo.23 Squadron Flight Commander
30 Nov 1970 - 24 Sep 1971Wg CdrNo.23 SquadronPathankot Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtAmar Jit Singh Sandhu4705 GD(P)Award Date 10 Mar 1964Announced 01 Jan 1965
Details : On 10th March 1964, Flt Lt Sandhu, while in formation of Gnat aircraft, experienced a flame out of engine followed by a total electrical failure rendering the tail plane inoperative. He was faced with the choice of either abandoning the aircraft and ejecting himself, or carrying out a 'deadstick' forced landing. Inspite of the failure of vital services, he chose the latter in order to save a valuable aircraft from destruction. This was the first time that a 'dead-stick' landing was carried out in a Gnat aircraft. Flt Lt Sandhu also made it possible for the technical staff to ascertain the defect leading to the flame-out of the engine which, if undetected might have caused serious accidents in the future.Flt Lt Amarjit Singh Sandhu displayed courage, high professional skill, and devotion to duty whicha re in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force
Unit : 23 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965.
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrAmar Jit Singh Sandhu4705 GD(P)Award Date 17 Sep 1965Announced 22 Sep 1965
Details :

Squadron Leader Amarjit Singh Sandhu was the Flight Commander of an Operational Squadron, which was assigned the task of establishing our air superiority over the Pathankot region during the recent operations against Pakistan. He flew repeated missions in the Chhamb sector and over the Pasrur and Lahore areas, all the time seeking out enemy aircraft and engaging them. On the 18th September 1965, in a thrilling encounter against enemy aircraft, he was able to outmanoeuvre the enemy with admirable skill, courage and judgment and shot down a Sabre jet.

The courage and devotion to duty displayed by Squadron Leader Amarjit Singh Sandhu were in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Unit : 23 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.133 - Pres/65 dated 22nd September 1965

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
24 Sep 1971GnatIE-1045Wg Cdr Amar Jit Singh Sandhu +
23 SqnNight flying sortie
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