Vayu Sena Medal Awardee List for the 11 Sqn

A total of 6 Awards are listed.
Vayu Sena Medal : 6 |
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Yoginder Prakash 8168 F(P)Unit : No.11 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Yoginder Prakash has been serving in a Helicopter Unit in the Mizo Hills since November 1968. He has about 1,400 hours of operational flying to his credit under difficult flying conditions in hilly terrain. He has shown remarkable initiative and courage both on the ground and in the air. He has successfully carried out numerous special helicopter borne operations. In evacuating casualties from very small helipads, he has displayed great professional skill. His flying career has been accident-free.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Yoginder Prakash displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Somendra Kumar Roy 4032 F(P)Unit : No.11 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971 Wing Commander Somendra Kumar Roy was commanding a Transport Squadron. He was the Force Commander of his squadron aircraft that took part in the airborne operation on the 11th December, 1971. He planned and organised the operation and led his force with cool courage and earned out the airborne operation with great success.

In this action, Wing Commander Somendra Kumar Roy displayed courage, leadership and professional skill.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 7th October 1972 - No.108 - Pres/72 dated 23rd September 1972 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Manohar Lal Behl 5002 F(P)Unit : No.11 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

Squadron Leader Manohar Lal Behl has been serving as Flight Commander in an Operational Squadron since December, 1969. Under the general supervision of the Squadron Commander, he was responsible for planning and execution of all operation and training commitments of the Squadron. By his untiring efforts, he brought about considerable improvement in the Squadron's operational capability. In spite of difficult conditions, all operational tasks were fulfilled. He has 6,040 hours of accident free flying to his credit.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1973 - No.28 - Pres/73 dated 26th January 1972 

Vayu Sena Medal
Gp Capt Ranjit Kumar Pal 8666 F(P)Unit : No.11 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 89
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.

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

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Rana Biswas 15009 F(P)Unit : No.11 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Group Captain Rana Biswas (15009) F (P) was commissioned on 10 Jun 1977 in the Flying Branch of the IAF. In 25 years of distinguished service, he has served in frontline transport squadrons of the IAF as a Flying Instructor in various Flying Training Establishments, as the Chief Operations Officer of a flying base and in a staff appointment in an operational Command. Presently, he is the Commanding Officer of one of premier transport squadrons of the IAF.

Gp Capt Biswas's exceptional in flying and airborne instructions were recognized at an early stage in his career. He was instrumental in formulation of Standard Operating Procedures for the HS-748 aircraft. His superlative professional acumen and flying skills have served as a template for his successor. He has served in flying training establishments as a Flight Commander and as a Chief Flying Instructor. The exacting standards that he demanded and extracted from the trainees have stood them in good stead in their professional lives.

The squadron presently commanded by Gp Capt Biswas undertakes the onerous task of maintaining lifeline between the Indian mainland and Andaman and Nicobar islands, with the aircraft operating close to the limits of their endurance and performance. Under close supervision of Gp Capt Biswas, the allotted task has been achieved and, more often than not, surpassed, with all commitments being flown safely, smoothly and with enviable efficiency. The Officer has displayed sterling qualities of leadership, initiative and motivational abilities of an exceptionally high order. Under his stewardship, the squadron was adjudged the "Best Transport Combat Squadron" for the year 2000-2001.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain Rana Biswas.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Pankaj Dua 18266 F(P)Unit : No.11 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 06
Details : Wing Commander Pankaj Dua (18266) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of an AN-32 Squadron since 25 Nov 2002. A check pilot and training officer, Wg Cdr Dua has functioned as Fit Cdr of Transport Squadron and GTO in the Services Selection Board, His sterling leadership was proven while leading the Sqn for Best Combat Sqn (T) competition earlier, where the Sqn won the trophy.On 26 Dec 2004 a Tsunami caused unprecedented devastation in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. There was an urgency to muster, organise and press into action all resources of the Sqn to provide immediate assistance to calamity affected Carnicobar. The aircraft had to be launched in the absence of any reliable inputs on the availability of runway, communication, navigational aids or fuel at destination and diversion. It needed meticulous planning of missions and organising of aircraft and crew to ensure that operations could carry on efficiently and safely.As the Flight Commander of the Sqn, Wg Cdr Dua involved himself fully and co-ordinated with all sections to ensure that the aircraft took off, in less than an hour of the warning. His careful selection of the crew and meticulous planning of the mission maximised the efficiency within the safety envelope. This resulted in the Sqn flying over 230 missions, all incident free. His careful planning also facilitated periodic rotation of aircraft and aircrew, thereby yielding the prolonged operation a great success. The professionalism of the Sqn thereby was lauded at every level.After planning and setting the operation on course, Wg Cdr Dua, himself flew many missions to the devastated Islands. He also took with him other younger crew, trained and cleared them on the job to undertake independent missions to difficult airstrips like Campbell Bay and for operations by night. The success of the operations is a testimony of the exceptional calibre of the officer, his professionalism and deep sense of commitment to the service.For his exceptional devotion to duty in the face of adversities and challenges, The Hon'ble President Is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Pankaj Dua.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 18th March 2006 - No.30-Pres/2006 dated 26th January 2006 & AFD2006 Investiture  

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