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Air Commodore Vijay Kumar Mohrotra

Service No & Branch 8441 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 18 Apr 1964 Course: 88 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 1997 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 05 Mar 1984Gp Capt : 02 May 1987Acting Air Cmde : 22 Feb 1993Air Cmde : 22 Feb 1993
Training and Other Courses Attended
24 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 196349 APFIC (Flt Lt) - 28 Jun 196934 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 25 Nov 1978
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

18 Apr 1964 - 14 Sep 1964Plt OffrNo.107 Helicopter UnitLeh/ Jammu Squadron Pilot
15 Sep 1964 - 31 Dec 1968Fg OffrNo.114 Helicopter Unit Squadron Pilot
29 Jun 1969 - 25 Dec 1969Flt LtElementary Flying SchoolBidar Flying Instructor
26 Dec 1969 - 26 Jun 1971Flt LtHelicopter Training SchoolJodhpur Flying Instructor
27 Jun 1971 - 30 Nov 1973Flt LtNo.112 Helicopter UnitBagdogra Squadron Pilot
01 Dec 1973 - 28 Dec 1975Sqn LdrGovt. of Uttar PradeshDelhi 
29 Dec 1975 - 15 Jan 1978Sqn LdrNo.117 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
02 Dec 1978 - 15 Mar 1982Sqn LdrTraining CommandBangalore Flg Trg Officer
16 Mar 1982 - 19 Feb 1983Wg CdrHelicopter Training SchoolHakimpet Commanding Officer
01 Oct 1987 - 01 Jul 1988Gp Capt39 WingUdhampur Station Commander
01 Apr 1989 - 29 Dec 1992Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Joint Director (Ops, Helicopters)
30 Dec 1992 - 26 Mar 1995Air Cmde21 WingLeh Air Officer Commanding
27 Mar 1995 - 30 Sep 1997Air CmdeDGDPSDelhi Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrVijay Kumar Mohrotra8441 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1977
Details :

Squadron Leader Vijay Kumar Mohotra was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in April, 1964. He has a total of 3010 hours of accident free flying to his credit of which 2218 are on helicopters. Since December, 1975, he has been commanding a Helicopter Unit. On 23rd May, 1976, Squadron Leader Mohotra undertook the evacuation of a seriously injured mountaineer from the Trishul Base Camp located at a height of 15,300 feet. The helipad constructed there by the team of mountaineers was totally unsuitable for the safe landing of helicopter. Realising the urgency of the mission, Squadron Leader Mohotra carried out a detailed reconnaissance of the area and expertly decided that a landing could be carried out if one of the camp tents was removed and the area made available for the landing. This was indicated to the mountaineers and the tent was removed. Thereafter, Squadron Leader Mohotra landed his helicopter safely and carried out the assigned task.

On 26th May, 1976, after having completed a long and arduous sortie, Squadron Leader Mohotra was once again called upon to carry out the evacuation of seriously injured civilians from a remote area in the close vicinity of the Northern Border. He set off immediately with two other helicopters to a helipad nearest to where the casualties were. In the meantime, as immediate medical assistance was indicated and helicopter rescue facilities were not expected, the casualties were being moved by stretcher-bearers along a difficult and narrow mountain path. Realising the urgency to evacuate the casualties to bet ter equipped hospital, Squadron Lender Mohotra immediately set about organize rescue operations of injured on the move. He landed his helicopter in turbulent and gusty weather conditions in a boulder strewn tiny river bed. His outstanding performance in this operation inspired his formation pilots.

Throughout Squadron Leader Vijay Kumar Mohotra displayed courage, flying skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

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Reference : Gazette of India dated 27th May 1978 - No.29- Pres/78 dated 26th January 1977
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