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Air Commodore Swaran Singh Banga

Service No & Branch 8100 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 12 Jun 1942 Commissioned: 31 Dec 1963 Course: 86 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Jun 1996 Superannuated Died on 12 Apr 2008 (66 Years age)
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1982Gp Capt : 30 Jun 1986Acting Air Cmde : 13 May 1991Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1991
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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 Feb 1968 - 31 Oct 1970Flt LtNo.26 SquadronAdampur Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1980 - 31 Dec 1981Wg CdrElementary Flying SchoolBidar Chief Instructor
05 Jul 1982 - 29 Jul 1984Wg CdrNo.222 SquadronHindon Commanding Officer
01 Aug 1984 - 31 Oct 1988Gp CaptAFS BidarBidar Chief Instructor
28 Nov 1988 - 26 Apr 1991Gp Capt8 Forward Base Support UnitAwantipur Station Commander
13 May 1991 - 12 Nov 1992Air CmdeAFS BidarBidar Air Officer Commanding
17 Jan 1994 - 30 Jul 1995Air Cmde15 WingBareilly Air Officer Commanding
10 Aug 1995 - 30 Jun 1996Air CmdeArmy Training CommandSimla Air Cmde, Joint Operations
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrSwaran Singh Banga8100 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1978
Details :

On 21st May, 1977, while on an instruc tional sortie in local flying area on an aircraft, Squadron Leader Swaran Singh Banga experienced a flame out at a height of 2500 meters as a result of technical failure. Relighting efforts were not successful. There was sufficient height for safe ejection by both occupants of the aircraft. But in older to save the valuable aircraft, Squadron Leader Banga decided to force land on a runway under construction at a critical distance. He remained fully composed throughout the emergency and executed a well judged forcedlanding against heavy odds which included manoeuvering skillfully to avoid bulldozers playing on the runway just seconds before touchdown.

In this action, Squadron Leader Swaran Singh Banga displayed outstanding courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Unit : IAF Training Team, Iraq
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd December 1979 - No.67- Pres/79 dated 26th January 1978
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptSwaran Singh Banga8100 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1991Announced 26 Jan 1991
Details :

Gp Capt Swaran Singh Banga has been commanding an Air Force Station since 28 Nov 88. During his tenure as Station Commander, the officer showed high leadership qualities resulting in significant enhancement in the operational potential of this base.

Being a Forward Base Support Unit, it has been planned to have limited manpower and material resources commensurate with its envisaged tasks. However, due to overall shortages in the Air Force, the station suffered further cuts in its manpower placing its already meagre resources under considerable strain.

This base is one of the most important forward air fields of WAC. Due to the prevailing Indo-Pak tension over the last 7-8 months, the base has had to be activated operationally a number of times. Detachments of various types of aircraft have operated from this base on a number of occasions. Despite the serious constraints, Gp Capt Banga had harnessed the resources placed under his command admirably well and provided support of a very high order, thereby contributing to the operational preparedness of the IAF. His management and re-organisation of resources to strengthen, the defences of his base against internal security threats have been most effective and praiseworthy.

For the outstanding leadership qualities displayed by him, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt SS Banga.

Unit : 8 FBSU
Reference : GoI19910126
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