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Air Commodore Ranjit Kumar Pal

Service No & Branch 8666 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: 30 Jul 1943 Commissioned: 01 Aug 1964 Course: 89/90 Course
Service End: Retired on 15 Jan 1996 Died on 25 Nov 2021 (78 Years age) Nick Name :
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Fg Offr : 01 Aug 1965Wg Cdr : 06 Mar 1984Gp Capt : 20 May 1987Acting Air Cmde : 22 Feb 1993
Air Cmde : 22 Feb 1993
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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 Jun 1971 - Flt LtAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Squadron Pilot
21 Jun 1979 - 04 Jan 1981Sqn LdrNo.181 FlightHindon Commanding Officer
- Wg Cdr1 Aircraft Staging PostCarnicobar Station Commander
26 Nov 1986 - 24 Jun 1988Gp CaptNo.11 Squadron Commanding Officer
22 Nov 1992 - 04 Jun 1995Air Cmde10 WingJorhat Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptRanjit Kumar Pal8666 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1989
Details :

Group Captain Ranjit Kumar Pal (8666) Flying (Pilot) took over the command of a transport squadron on 26 May 86. He has held Transport aircrew category and instrument rating A/Master Green since Sep 73 and is at present command examiner for Chitra aircraft of an Operational command.

He has on several occasions captained aircraft carrying VVIPs and VIPs including visiting head of states. During this tenure he flew 955 hrs on TU-124 and 3073 hrs on HS - 748 aircraft.

As Commanding Officer of the transport squadron since May 86, GP Capt Pal motivated all his offices and airmen to achieve all round improvement. A keen flier himself, the officer has set an excellent personal example for his subordinates to emulate.

Under Gp Capt Pal's Stewardship the Squadron achieved a service ability state which is higher than the average fleet serviceability of the IAF for Chitra aircraft. The Squadron achieved 100% serviceability for a total of 36 days. During "OPERATION PAWAN" the unit flew a total of 967 hours from Jul to Dec 87.

Gp Capt Pal's able leadership also resulted in the Squadron winning the second position in the Command for the flight Safety achievements in 1987-88. During the same period the Squadron was adjudged the second best transport squadron of the command.

For his continued professional competence and extreme devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Gp Capt Ranjit Kumar Pal.

Unit : 11 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd April 1988 - No.39-Pres/89 dated 26th January 1989
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