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Air Commodore Rajendra Dev Pant

Service No & Branch 4737 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters| Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 17 Jul 1954 Course: 63 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Aug 1989 Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Jul 1955Flt Lt : 17 Jul 1959Sqn Ldr : 17 Jul 1965Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1974
Acting Gp Capt : 24 Dec 1979Gp Capt : 02 Aug 1980Air Cmde : 01 Jul 1985
Training and Other Courses Attended
40 APFIC (Flt Lt) - 13 Mar 1964
Badges Qualified
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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

12 Jun 1959 - 11 Jan 1960Flt LtNo.104 Helicopter UnitPalam Squadron Pilot
12 Jan 1960 - 14 Mar 1962Flt LtNo.105 Helicopter UnitJorhat Squadron Pilot
15 Mar 1962 - 01 Dec 1963Flt LtNo.104 Helicopter UnitPalam Squadron Pilot
15 Mar 1964 - 10 Jul 1965Flt LtLogistics Support Training UnitAllahabad Flying Instructor
20 Jul 1965 - 01 Sep 1968Sqn LdrNo.112 Helicopter UnitJorhat/ Bagdogra Commanding Officer
03 Apr 1972 - 02 Dec 1973Wg CdrNo.118 Helicopter UnitGuwahati Commanding Officer
03 Dec 1973 - 26 Feb 1976Wg CdrNo.109 Helicopter UnitJammu Commanding Officer
06 Nov 1977 - 14 Dec 1979Wg CdrControl & Reporting SchoolMemura Commanding Officer
24 Dec 1979 - 25 Jul 1982Gp Capt509 Signal UnitLaitkor Peak Station Commander
07 Jan 1985 - 14 Aug 1985Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Organisation
22 Aug 1985 - 30 Jun 1988Air Cmde23 WingJammu Air Officer Commanding
21 Jan 1986 - No.104 Helicopter Squadron Commodore Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrRajendra Dev Pant4737 GD(P)Award Date 19 Jul 1968Announced 26 Jan 1969
Details :

Squadron Leader Rajendra Dev Pant is the Officer Commanding of a Helicopter Unit and has flown 1,079 operational hours on helicopters, including 450 hours in his present assignment, in the Eastern Sector, NEFA, Nagaland, Mizo Hills etc. He has evacuated over 150 casualties. On 19th July 1968, when a message was received that a very serious casualty required evacuation from a difficult helipad at high altitude, Squadron Leader Pant, despite hazardous terrain and adverse weather conditions, volunteered to undertake the evacuation. Immediately on his landing at the helipad the weather deteriorated, but Squadron Leader Pant, with his professional knowledge and courage, skillfully took off observing a little gap in the clouds, and brought back the serious casualty to the hospital and thus saved his life.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Rajendra Dev Pant displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Unit : 112 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th April 1969 : No.18 - Pres/69 dated 26th January 1969
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