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Wing Commander Dilip Kumar Ranchhoddas Asher

Service No & Branch 7686 F(P)
Date of Birth: 18 Jul 1942 Commissioned: 28 Oct 1963 Course: 85 Course
Service End: Died in Service 24 Jan 1983 (41 Years age) Aircraft Loss Canberra T 54 at Pune. BL
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 02 Jun 1982
Badges Qualified
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Wg Cdr
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

03 Aug 1981 - 24 Jan 1983Wg CdrNo.6 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Shaurya Chakra
Wg CdrDilip Kumar Ranchhoddas Asher7686 F(P)Award Date 24 Jan 1983Announced 26 Jan 1984
Details :

Wing Commander Dilip Kumar Ranchhod Das Ashar (7686) Flying (Pilot) was commanding an operational bomber squadron of the IAF. On 24th January, 1983, while on a night training flight, the Canberra trainer that he was flying, had a bird hit. This resulted in flaming out of starboard engine. The differential thrust led to almost 90° bank only a few feet above the ground. Despite the rapidity at which the grave emergency developed, Wing Commander remained calm. He reacted with incredible speed and took the necessary recovery action. Even in the face of almost certain death, Wing Commander Ashar remained calm, and did not lose sight of his duties as a commander and a soldier. In the few seconds available to him he warned his crew, switched off the left engine and applied recovery controls. Failure to do so would have caused the aircraft to roll on its back prior to the crash. In the process he himself was totally injured but he saved the lives of two of his crew members.

Wing Commander Dilip Kumar Ranchhod Das Ashar thus displayed courage, a high order of professional competence and devotion to duty.

Unit : 6 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 24th March 1984 - No.25 - Pres/84 dated 26th January 1984

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
24 Jan 1983Canberra T 54Wg Cdr Dilip Kumar Ranchhoddas Asher +
Jaspal Singh Ahluwalia
6 SqnBL aircraft at Pune,
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