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Air Commodore Kariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla

Service No 10862 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 20 Feb 1945
Date Commissioned 04 Jun 1967 Course 97 Course
Service End Retired on 28 Feb 2001
Remarks : POW(71) Sukhoi-7
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 20 Jul 1986Acting Gp Capt : 23 Oct 1989Gp Capt : 01 Jul 1991Acting Air Cmde : 03 Feb 1997
Air Cmde : 01 Feb 1996
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
01 Jun 1987 - 02 Jul 1989Wg CdrNo.9 SquadronHindon Commanding Officer
- Air CmdeAir Force AcademyDundigal Deputy Commandant
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vir Chakra
Fg OffrKariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla10862 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1973
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flying Officer Kariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla served with a FighterBomber Squadron in the Western Sector. On 4th December, 1971, he carried out a strike mission over Chander airfield and successfully attacked enemy aircraft on ground and airfield installations. On 5th December, 1971, he flew another strike mission over Chistian Mandi, scored a direct hit on the engine of a train and inflicted heavy damages to the train despite intensive Antiaircraft fire. Again, on 6th December, 1971, he undertook another strike mission over Dera Baba Nanak area and attacked enemy tank concentrations. During this attack, while making a second pass over the target, his aircraft was hit by the enemy anti-aircraft fire and crashed.

Flying Officer Kariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla displayed gallantry and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 222 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 16th June 1973 - No.37 - Pres/73 dated 26th January 1973

Accidents and Incidents: 3

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
06 Dec 1971Sukhoi-7B-854Fg Offr K C Kuruvilla
222SD AAA 1025 Hrs Jassar Bridge Dera Baba Nanak
23 Oct 1980Sukhoi-7B-858Sqn Ldr K C Kuruvilla
Bird Hit ejected ac cr in delhi
04 Sep 1981Sukhoi-7B-859Sqn Ldr K C Kuruvulla