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Group Captain Ravindra Nath Bali

Service No & Branch 5059 F(P)
Date of Birth: 01 Mar 1936 Commissioned: 14 Jan 1956 Course: 67 Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Feb 1986 Superannuated Died on 04 May 2016 (80 Years age)
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1976Gp Capt : 30 Nov 1984
Training and Other Courses Attended
8 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Jun 19546 LDMC (Wg Cdr) - 30 Jun 1976
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Aug 1971 - 01 Mar 1972Sqn LdrNo.122 (Ad-Hoc) SquadronJaisalmer Squadron Pilot
15 May 1976 - 30 Apr 1977Wg Cdr32 WingJodhpur Officer in Charge Flying
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrRavindra Nath Bali5059 F(P)Award Date 07 Dec 1971Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Ravindra Nath Bali was a senior pilot in a FighterBomber Squadron. He was detailed to destroy a massive enemy thrust spearheaded by a tank regiment at Longewala. He led three strike missions on the 5th December, 1971 and one on the 6th December, 1971. During these attacks he destroyed three tanks and caused extensive damage to a number of other tanks and vehicles despite heavy ground fire and on some occasions intense enemy air opposition. On the 7th December 1971 he again led a strike mission to the same area and destroyed two tanks. However during the pull out after the second attack his aircraft was hit by ground fire and half of the control surfaces were knocked off. Despite the damage to his aircraft, he skillfully brought it back to base. His missions contributed significantly in neutralizing the enemy thrust and in the overall success of the operations.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Ravindra Nath Bali displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 122 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972
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