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Wing Commander Chandrakant Nijanand Bal

Service No & Branch 7401 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 22 Jun 1963 Course: 84 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Dec 1985 Released to Air India Nick Name :
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A1
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 22 Jun 1964Flt Lt : 22 Jun 1968Wg Cdr : 08 Jul 1981
Training and Other Courses Attended
22 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 19624 AFC (USAF) (Plt Offr) - 01 Oct 196410 LDMC (Sqn Ldr) - 31 Mar 1980
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 Jan 1976 - 01 Jan 1977Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
05 Jul 1977 - 09 Apr 1979Sqn LdrJet Bomber Conversion UnitAgra Commanding Officer
08 Apr 1980 - 28 Mar 1982Wg CdrNo.16 SquadronGorakhpur Commanding Officer
29 Sep 1982 - 14 Dec 1984Wg CdrAir Force AcademyDundigal Chief Instructor (Flying)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Mention in Despatches
Fg OffrChandrakant Nijanand Bal7401 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : 31 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 5th November 1966 - No.77 - Pres/66 dated 27th October 1966
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtChandrakant Nijanand Bal7401 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Chandrakant Nijanand Bal has been serving with an operational Squadron since April 1967. He has flown a total of 1,710 hours. On 22nd January 1970, while returning from a mission at 40,000 ft. he observed an excessive voltage reading and immediately isolated the battery. This was followed by a sudden electrical flash and total electrical failure. He was forced to descend and divert to another airfield, flying with the help of a torch and an emergency light and steering with the help of a small emergency compass. During this descent both engines flamed out once and the starboard engine flamed out thrice at low altitude. Relighting of the engines was successful each time only because he had conserved the battery. He ensured a touchdown at the correct speed and at the beginning of the runway without any damage to the aircraft. By his presence of mind and skilful handling of the situation, he not only saved a valuable aircraft, but also the lives of the crew.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Chandrakant Nijanand Bal displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Unit : 106 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971

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