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Group Captain Ranbir Singh Chauhan

Service No & Branch 8136 F(P)
Date of Birth: 05 Jan 1942 Commissioned: 31 Dec 1963 Course: 86 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1988 Died on 15 Apr 2021 (79 Years age) Nick Name : Ronnie/ Panther
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Acting Wg Cdr : 05 Mar 1984Wg Cdr : 30 Dec 1982Gp Capt : 30 Jun 1986
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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

11 Oct 1974 - 24 Nov 1975Sqn LdrNo.121 Helicopter FlightBombay Commanding Officer
29 Oct 1979 - 23 Dec 1979Sqn LdrNo.116 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
- Wg Cdr259 Signal UnitBareilly Commanding Officer
24 Dec 1979 - 10 May 1981Wg CdrNo.116 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Shaurya Chakra
Wg CdrRanbir Singh Chauhan8136 F(P)Award Date 01 Aug 1979Announced 26 Jan 1981
Details :

On the 1st August, 1979, Wing Commander Ranbir Singh Chauhan (8136) Flying (Pilot), who had successfully finished most of underslung load trials of various types of Army equipment on Mi-8 helicopter, was engaged in lifting and transporting bridging equipment weighing about two tons. In the course of this trial, one of the four load suspending cables snapped and caused the aircraft to oscillate and gyrate in an uncontrollable manner. When no other alternative to control the aircraft, Wing Commander Chauhan decided to jettison the load, he noticed that he was flying over populated area where the heavy load could cause a human disaster. He, therefore, manoeuvred the aircraft away from the inhabited area but could not jettison the load as the electric control cable got snapped due to heavy strain. The aircraft by that time had gone out of control. However, Wing Commander Chauhan did not lose his presence of mind and, as soon as the load touched the ground, he managed to land the aircraft without any further damage to it and with its crew unharmed.

In this action, Wing Commander Ranbir Singh Chauhan displayed courage, presence of mind and professional skill of a high order.

Unit : 116 HU
Reference : Gazette of India , 18th April 1981 - No.28 - Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981
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