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Wing Commander Balchandra Chengapa Karambaya

Service No & Branch 10604 F(P) Stream :Fighters| Helicopters

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Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 29 Oct 1966 Course: 96 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Aug 1989 Nick Name : Lofty
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 19 Jul 1986
Training and Other Courses Attended
27 NDA (Cadet) - 07 Dec 1964
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

- 31 Mar 1971Fg OffrNo.14 SquadronKalaikunda Squadron Pilot
12 Apr 1971 - Fg OffrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
01 Oct 1978 - 01 Jun 1982Sqn LdrGolf Sqn, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Squadron Commander
01 Oct 1984 - 31 Mar 1985Wg Cdr9 Forward Base Support UnitUdhampur Chief Operations Officer
01 Apr 1985 - 30 Jun 1986Wg Cdr39 WingUdhampur Chief Operations Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Fg OffrBalchandra Chengapa Karambaya10604 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flying Officer Ballachandra Chengapa Karumbaya was serving with Fighter-Bomber Squadron. He carried out two counter air day missions to enemy airfields and destroyed a heavy transport aircraft on the ground and also caused extensive damage to permanent airfield installation in the face of heavy ground fire.

In this action, Flying Officer Ballachandra Chengapa Karumbaya displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 20 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972

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