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Air Commodore Rajinder Pal Singh Dhillon

Service No & Branch 7741 F(P)
Date of Birth: 19 Aug 1944 Commissioned: 28 Oct 1963 Course: 85 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Aug 1996 Superannuated Died on 04 Aug 2021 (77 Years age) Nick Name : Tiger
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 24 Aug 1982Gp Capt : 30 Jun 1986Acting Air Cmde : 13 May 1991Air Cmde : 17 Sep 1991
Badges Qualified
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Air Cmde
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

05 Dec 1975 - 06 Jun 1979Sqn LdrNo.121 Helicopter FlightBombay Commanding Officer
14 Aug 1981 - 08 May 1983Wg CdrNo.117 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
09 May 1983 - 03 Jul 1985Wg CdrNo.111 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
14 Oct 1985 - 03 Feb 1988Gp Capt30 WingSarsawa (Saharanpur) Station Commander
13 May 1991 - 29 Dec 1992Air Cmde21 WingLeh Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 1993 - 01 Jan 1995Air CmdeCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air-II
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Shaurya Chakra
Sqn LdrRajinder Pal Singh Dhillon7741 F(P)Award Date 24 Jan 1975Announced 01 Jul 1975
Details :

Squadron Leader Rajinder Pal Singh Dhillon (7741) was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Indian Air Force in November, 1962. He has been serving as the Flight Commander of a Helicopter Unit since March, 1974.

On the 24th January, 1975, he was detailed to carry out the earth quake relief operations in Himachal Pradesh. The weather on this day was extremely inclement and the hostile terrain made flying efforts an extremely hazardous. With a deep sense of devotion, relentless zeal and determination, he executed his task with true professionalism. Throughout that day he braved and battled against weather and terrain and delivered his vital loads of relief material and evacuated those in need of urgent medical attention. During subsequent missions, he executed daring landings at untried helipads and precision drops at miniature Dropping Zones. During these operations he flew a total of 32 stories and airlifted and large quantities of material which resulted in timely relief to the affected people.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Rajinder Pal Singh Dhillon displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st May 1976 - No.34 - Pres/76 dated 1st July 1975
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrRajinder Pal Singh Dhillon7741 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1978
Details :

Squadron Leader Rajinder Pal Singh Dhillon has been commanding a Helicopter Flight since 5th December, 1975. During his tenure, the unit has undertaken ever-increasing commitments in connection with the Oil and Natural Gas Commission's off-shore tasks, the successful completion of which have brought laurels to the Air Force. Undeterred by the shortage of pilots, Squadron Leader Dhillon himself took the heavy flying commitments and carried out 600 hours of flying on support mission in connection with the drilling operations of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission.

As Unit Commander, Squadron Leader Dhillon ensured all personnel under him worked as a team and completed all tasks assigned to them to the complete satisfaction of the higher authorities. He has flown over 150 sorties on duties connected with the transportation of dignitaries in far-flung areas of the country as well as abroad. He has to his credit a total of 5,200 hours of flying on jets and helicopters.

Squadron Leader Rajinder Pal Singh Dhillon thus displayed professional competence, leadership and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Unit : 121 HF
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd December 1979 - No.67- Pres/79 dated 26th January 1978

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
30 Jun 1992Cheetah SA-315Z-3151Wg Cdr Dilip Dinkar Mandpe
Air Cmde Rajinder Pal Singh Dhillon
114 HUDNE.

Additional Notes

Remarks: from N M Dhavle Note added: 0000-00-00
Fali and I had taken a (Comn. Sqn.) MI-8 to Sarsawa for a planned airlift of some Russian Generals from Dehradun. We landed in Sarsawa, shut down on one of the dumbells. The Stn. Cdr had sent a car to take us to his office. Our Flt Engr, MWO Rajagopal (ex-Super Connies) remained with the aircraft. However when we reached the Stn. Cdr's office, his PA told us that he had just stepped out for an 'urgent matter' and will be back shortly. The Stn. Cdr was none other than Gp. Capt. Tiger Dhillon- a legend amongst the chopper community. The PA then served us coffee and we settled down to wait. No activity and it was all very silent. We were nearly done with our coffee when we heard a MI-8 go overhead! It didn't strike me as strange but moments later Fali reacted 'S---, he's taken our aircraft'!! We left the coffee and raced to the Dumbell- sure enough our Mi-8 was not there! It arrived after completing a circuit and Tiger came out with a most impish smile on his face, as only he could! Well, another coffee in the stn. Cdr's office and things were smoothed out.
Remarks: Fali Major Note added: 0000-00-00
Continuing with the many RPS exploits, the one which left this Chopper legend totally ashen faced & panicky was engineered by another legendary Chopper Flt Engineer - MWO Sansar Singh. Whenever these two were on board, you were almost always assured of a memorable flight! We were on a drop+land flight in a M-8 in the Gurez sector, ex-Srinagar. We were to heli-drop some load on a helipad & then proceed to another for a landing sortie to bring back some Army personnel to Gurez. We had on board an Army Captain, who was going back to his Unit, where we were to land. The heli-drop was uneventful and as were setting course for the other helipad, Sansar Singh opens the cockpit door, looks back, winks at me & tells RPS that he can't see the Army Captain and also the Flt Gnr in the cabin confirming this on intercom....I will never forget the look on RPS' face! He took over controls from me, whipped the Hptr around & asked me to look around for a landing space. I couldn't help but burst out laughing & confess that Sansar & I had planned this, & that the Captain was safe. What followed was an unstoppable barrage of the choicest Punjabi abuses till we landed at the helipad! This was the only time in my many years of association with the legendary RPS, that I saw him panic!
Remarks: B K Karambaya Note added: 0000-00-00
He was posted to No 20 Sqn, sometime in 1973-74. He hardly did any flying as the Hunter Trainer was unserviceable for most of his tenure. He had his opinion of fighter Quote...' tum fighter pilots sab kukar hain..din main office main sirf party aur ladki ki baat karta hain aur raat ko, bar main haat se 1 vs 1 karta hain '
Remarks: N Menon Note added: 0000-00-00
We were in Iraq together for some time. The Iraqis were to provide washing machines and vacuum cleaners as per contract. When RPS came, the Iraqis took some time to deliver these appliances to Indians. But Indians were nevertheless expected to fly three instructional sorties every day. After waiting for a couple of days, RPS flew just one instructional sortie and told the Iraqi Flt Cdr that he had finished three sorties and was heading home. The perplexed Iraqi said, "You have only done one sortie. You have to fly two more." RPS replied, " I have flown one sortie here. Now I will go home and fly second sortie vacuuming the house. Then I will fly third sortie washing clothes of my family. So I have completed three sorties and I am going home." The Indians got their washing machines and vacuum cleaners the next day !

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