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Group Captain Dilip Kamalakar Dighe

Service No & Branch 9745 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 16 Oct 1965 Course: 94 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1997
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 30 Aug 1985Gp Capt : 12 Oct 1988
Training and Other Courses Attended
56 APFIC (Flt Lt) - 10 Jun 1973
Badges Qualified
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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 Dec 1982Sqn LdrAircrew Examination BoardHindan Flight Commander C Flt
02 Nov 1982 - 30 Jun 1985Wg CdrNo.20 SquadronHashimara Commanding Officer
23 Apr 1986 - 21 Dec 1986Wg Cdr3 Battalion, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Battalion Commander
22 Dec 1986 - 29 Nov 1987Wg CdrAir Force Training Team, NDAKhadakvasla Officer in Charge
- 01 Dec 1987Gp CaptEmbassy of India, EqyptCairo Air Attache
20 Apr 1992 - 26 Dec 1994Gp Capt34 WingBhaisana (Bhatinda) Station Commander
10 Jan 1995 - Gp CaptAir Force Intelligence School Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vir Chakra
Flt LtDilip Kamalakar Dighe9745 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Dilip Kamalakar Dighe as a pilot of a FighterBomber Squadron, he flew fourteen sorties in support of our ground forces. On two of these missions, he spotted enemy tank concentrations. He immediately directed the formation on to the target and his own accurate shooting resulted in the destruction of four tanks, numerous enemy vehicles and two gun positions in Chhamb-Jaurian Sector.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Dilip Kamalakar Dighe displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 101 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrDilip Kamalakar Dighe9745 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1986
Details :

Wing Commander Dilip Kamalakar Dighe is in the Command of "Thunderbolts" since Nov 82 and has ably performed the aerobatic display task in a most splendid manner.

He has very competently lead the intricate, thrilling and breathtaking formation displays on various occasions all over the country, and even abroad, in a most praiseworthy manner. His efforts and performance have been applauded and appreciated not only by the Chiefs of air Staff themselves but has won many accolades from many National and International dignitaries. Wg Cdr Dighe is an outstanding professional who combines skill with knowledge and comes out with innovative ideas. It was under his guidance and leadership that 'Thunderbolts' emitted red trails for the first time while executing 'Thunderbolts' aerobatic manoeuvres over Vijay Chowk during the 'Beating The Retreat' Ceremony in Jan 05. This remarkable feat literally added colour to the fine performance so skillfully executed. The success of the display mainly rested on his dynamic drive and flawless execution.

In addition, when the Squadron was assigned the dual roles of display as wall as operation, Wg Cdr Dighe set the ball rolling by providing the right guidance and setting right priorities. He ensured that pilots became fully Ops at the fastest pace even while training for the displays. With his foresight, calm approach and meticulous planning, he moved the Squadron to new location in a very smooth manner which was only possible with hits utmost devotion and dedication.

In recognition of his skilful flying, outstanding leadership both in the air and on ground, devotion to duty and exemplary supervision, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr DK Dighe.

Unit : 20 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th April 1986 - No.36-Pres/86 dated 26th January 1986
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