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Air Commodore Sudharshan Handa

Service No & Branch 4816 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 06 Nov 1954 Course: 64 Course Entry Mode : JSW
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1988
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 06 Nov 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1974Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1980Air Cmde : 17 Feb 1987
Training and Other Courses Attended
6 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Jun 19532 PAI (Flt Lt) - 28 Dec 1958
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

01 Aug 1968 - 01 Dec 1968Sqn LdrGolf Sqn, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Squadron Commander
01 Mar 1969 - 01 Jun 1970Sqn LdrAlpha Sqn, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Squadron Commander
03 Mar 1972 - 19 May 1974Wg CdrNo.47 SquadronHindon/ Halwara Commanding Officer
16 Jan 1980 - 04 May 1980Gp Capt25 WingRajokri (Delhi) Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrSudharshan Handa4816 GD(P)Award Date 07 Sep 1965Announced 10 Sep 1965
Details :

At 0945 hours on the 7th September 1965, a formation of four Mystere aircraft led by Squadron Leader Sudarshan Handa took off for an operational mission and flying at a height of only 50 to 100 feet above ground level penetrated into Pakistan territory.

Squadron Leader Handa led the formation accurately to their objective and the formation went into the attack. He dropped his bombs on the Bulk Patrol Installation and opened up with his guns at three Sabre Jets parked at the Operational Readiness Platform, one of which burst into flames. He then signaled to the remaining members of the formation to attack an enemy F-104 Star Fighter which was also on the Operational Readiness Platform. By this time the enemy antiaircraft guns had opened a heavy barrage of fire against all the four aircraft of the formation. After the successful attack Squadron Leader Handa led the formation back to base safely, all our aircraft landed with only marginal fuel.

The cool courage, devotion to duty and determination displayed by Squadron Leader Sudarshan Handa throughout the operation, were in the finest traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Unit : 1 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.131 - Pres/65 dated 10th September 1965
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