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Group Captain Avinash Chander Chopra

Service No & Branch 7604 F(P)
Date of Birth: Commissioned: 25 Jul 1963 Course:
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 1990 Voluntary Retirement
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 12 Nov 1981Gp Capt : 21 Apr 1986
Training and Other Courses Attended
21 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 196133 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 26 Nov 1977
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 Dec 1971Flt LtAir Force AcademyDundigal Flight Commander
02 Apr 1973 - 31 Jan 1974Sqn LdrNo.116 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
16 Jan 1978 - 11 Mar 1979Sqn LdrNo.117 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
29 Oct 1979 - 23 Dec 1979Sqn LdrNo.104 Helicopter UnitSarsawa Commanding Officer
24 Dec 1979 - 15 Mar 1981Wg CdrNo.104 Helicopter UnitSarsawa Commanding Officer
01 Apr 1985 - 15 Apr 1988Gp CaptSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Air-II
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt LtAvinash Chander Chopra7604 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1969
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Avinash Chander Chopra has been serving with a Helicopter Unit since August 1967. During this period he has undertaken a number of rescue and casualty evacuation missions and carried out about 600 hours of operational flying. In July 1967, in adverse weather conditions, he made many sorties in search of a transport aircraft which had crashed. Finally, he succeeded in reaching the scene of the crash and located the wreckage. He took calculated risk in landing at a kutcha helipad and succeeded in evacuating the lone survivor.

Throughout Flight Lieutenant Avinash Chander Chopra displayed courage and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

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Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th April 1969 : No.18 - Pres/69 dated 26th January 1969
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptAvinash Chander Chopra7604 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1989Announced 26 Jan 1989
Details :

Group Captain Avinash Chander Chopra, VM (7604) Flying (Pilot) has been posted as Air-II at Headquarters Southern Air Command for the last three years.

As Air-II, Gp Capt AC Chopra is responsible for planning coordinating and executing of transport and helicopter operations in the geographical jurisdiction of HQ SAC.

Sometimes in May 87 it became apparent that large scale transport/helicopter operations will be required in Sri Lanka. The officer was entrusted with this task and he worked diligently to achieve the requisite infrastructure to support such large scale envisaged operations. Facilities were crated at Thanjavur and Trichurapally. These two locations were such where no Air Force elements existed. His efforts enabled the initial induction and operations of large scale helicopter and transport operations in a very satisfactory manner.

He maintained close liaison with maintenance personnel to ensure that all the twenty five helicopters placed at the disposal of HQ SAC are serviced promptly to ensure

availability of maximum number of helicopters at all times.

For unflinching devotion to duty, meticulous planning continuous prolonged involvement the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt A C Chopra VM.

Unit : SAC
Reference : GoI19890126
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