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Air Commodore Kamlesh Singh Mandla

Service No & Branch 9827 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 16 Oct 1965 Course: 94 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jul 1997 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 16 Oct 1966Wg Cdr : 30 Aug 1985Gp Capt : 01 Dec 1988Air Cmde : 27 Mar 1995
Training and Other Courses Attended
18 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Sep 198018 LDMC (Wg Cdr) - 09 Apr 1988
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 Feb 1982 - Sqn LdrNo.8 SquadronTezpur Flight Commander
- Gp Capt46 WingNal (Bikaner) Station Commander
- Gp CaptSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur Ops 1A
09 Jan 1996 - 31 Jul 1997Air Cmde5 WingKalaikunda Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtKamlesh Singh Mandla9827 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1975
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Kamlesh Singh Mandla was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in October, 1965. On 3rd July, 1973 he was asked to carry out an air test of a Gnat aircraft. At 20,000 feet when he lowered the undercarriage, the control column jerked to the right and consequently the aircraft commenced rolling viciously and uncontrollably to the right. Showing great presence of mind, he brought the undercarriage up and recovered the air craft successfully. He was instructed to reduce the speed and lower the undercarriage once again. The control column again jerked to the right and got stuck approximately one inch away from the neutral position. By full application of left rudder and with both hands forcing the control column to the left he managed to keep the aircraft straight, and carried out a safe landing, thus preventing what might have been a serious accident.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Kamlesh Singh Mandla displayed courage, professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

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Reference : Gazette of India dated 21st February 1975 - No.16 - Pres/75 dated 26th January 1975

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
13 Mar 1985Hunter T66Wg Cdr Chandrasekhar
Wg Cdr Kamlesh Singh Mandla
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