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Air Vice Marshal Manjit Singh Dhillon

Service No & Branch 7021 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: 01 Feb 1941 Commissioned: 19 Jan 1963 Course: 83 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 1997 Superannuated Died on 05 Mar 2009 (68 Years age) Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 09 Mar 1964Flt Lt : 09 Mar 1968Gp Capt : 19 Jul 1985Air Cmde : 03 Jul 1989
Training and Other Courses Attended
33 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1993
Badges Qualified
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Wg Cdr

Air Cmde
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

26 Jun 1972 - 15 Mar 1976Sqn LdrNo.111 Helicopter UnitHashimara Commanding Officer
- Wg Cdr3 Base Repair DepotChandigarh Chief Test Pilot
28 Aug 1978 - 09 Nov 1980Wg Cdr30 WingSarsawa (Saharanpur) Station Commander
20 Nov 1980 - 08 Mar 1983Wg CdrNo.107 Helicopter UnitJodhpur Commanding Officer
01 Mar 1987 - 01 Apr 1989Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Joint Director (Ops, Helicopters)
12 Jun 1989 - 12 May 1991Air Cmde21 WingLeh Air Officer Commanding
01 May 1995 - 31 Jan 1996AVMEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
01 Feb 1996 - 31 Jan 1997AVMMaintenance CommandNagpur Senior Air & Administration Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt LtManjit Singh Dhillon7021 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1970
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Manjit Singh Dhillon, General Duties (Pilot), has flown a total of 1,375 hours in forward areas in less than three years. He has flown 2,305 hours on helicopter aircraft without a single accident; most of the flying was over difficult hilly terrain. On 27th March 1967, two helicopters, one of which was flown by Flight Lieutenant Dhillon, were sent out on detachment to a forward area to carry out a search and rescue mission for an Army patrol which was lost in that extensive marshy area. Flight Lieutenant Dhillon carried out a very long hazardous search of the area, which had hardly a ground feature to pinpoint and was able to locate the lost patrol. After finding a suitable spot, he landed and rescued the patrol. During his flying career, Flight Lieutenant Dhillon has worked hard to train the unit pilots. Thus, his unit has always been in a high state of operational preparedness.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Manjit Singh Dhillon displayed courage and devotion to duty.

Unit : 109 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 25th April 1970 - No.16 - Pres/70 dated 26th January 1970
Vir Chakra
Flt LtManjit Singh Dhillon7021 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Manjit Singh Dhillon flew 50 sorties amounting to 27.50 hours in Chhamb, Sakargarh and Poonch sectors. In the Jorian Sector, he evacuated a number of casualties on the 6th, 8th, 10th and 11th December, 1971. On the 7th December, 1971, while on a mission to the Chhamb sector, he had to take off from Udhampur airfield when enemy aircraft were in the vicinity, enroute he spotted another 9 enemy aircraft and by the time he came to Jorian, enemy’s air activity and artillery shelling was intense. He courageously and skillfully manipulated the helicopter at very low height and achieved the mission successfully. On the 10th December, 1971, he undertook sector reconnaissance flight all along the battle field and completed the task assigned to him despite heavy enemy fire. On the same day, he evacuated 15 casualties. On the 11th December 1971, he evacuated 8 casualties from quickly improvised Helipad in Shakargarh sector.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Manjit Singh Dhillon displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 109 HU
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972
Bar to Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrManjit Singh Dhillon7021 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1979
Details :

Wing Commander Manjit Singh, Dhillon was commissioned in the Air Force in 1963. He has undergone advanced Helicopter courses in foreign countries and is in command of a Helicopter Base at present. He has over 4500 hours helicopter flying to his credit. He has taken part in the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak conflicts. He was awarded Vir Chakra for gallantry during Indo-Pak Conflict, 1971.

The Bhagirathi river experienced unprecedented floods during August, 1978. Wing Commander Manjit Singh Dhillon conducted the relief operations and under his guidance, 35 tons of food and other supplies were airlifted to stranded pilgrims within a short period. He also directed the evacuation of 362 old and infirm pilgrims and parties of school and college students.

Immediately after the floods in the Bhagirathi river, on the night of 3rd September, 1978, All India Radio broadcast a warning of expected floods in the areas adjoining Sharanpur, Kamal and Delhi. Wing Commander Manjit Singh Dhillon anticipated that there would be a requirement of relief operations in the Western UP area. He, therefore, immediately mounted Helicopter Flights to monitor the flow of water in the river Yamuna and, thereafter, directed relief and supply dropping missions in the Western UP and the Haryana sectors till the floods in the Yamuna receded. Throughout the period of relief operations commencing from the middle of August, 1978, till their completion in mid September, 1978, Wing Commander Dhillon worked tirelessly and it was by his singular determination and dauntless efforts tint relief was provided in the shortest possible time to the affected areas.

Throughout these operations, Wing Commander Manjit Singh Dhillon has displayed initiative, professional competence and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Unit : 109 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th January 1980 - No.7- Pres/80 dated 26th January 1979
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