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Air Marshal Harish Masand

Service No & Branch 11272 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 31 Dec 1967 Course: 98 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 2006 Superannuated Nick Name : Khape
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 20 Jul 1986Gp Capt : 01 Jul 1991Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1996AVM : 26 Dec 2001
Air Marshal : 02 Jan 2004
Training and Other Courses Attended
58 APFIC (Flt Lt) - 01 May 197412 FCL (Flt Lt) - 20 Jun 197838 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 20 Nov 1982
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

16 Jan 1984 - 25 Nov 1985Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
01 Jul 1987 - 05 Jun 1989Wg CdrNo.28 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
- 01 Dec 1991Gp Capt8 WingAdampur Chief Operations Officer
28 Jan 1997 - 31 May 1999Air Cmde2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Air Officer Commanding
04 Jan 2001 - 25 Dec 2001Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Air Staff Requirements)
26 Dec 2001 - 31 Jan 2004AVMMaintenance CommandNagpur Senior Air & Administration Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vir Chakra
Fg OffrHarish Masand11272 F(P)Award Date 04 Dec 1971Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

On 4th December 1971, Flying Officer Harish Masand was No. 3 in a 3 aircraft strike mission for attacking an enemy airfield. Just short of the target the formation was intercepted by two Pakistan Air Force Sabre aircraft. In the ensuing dogfight, he shot down one Sabre aircraft. He also undertook a number of Fighter Reconnaissance missions in the enemy territory and completed the tasks assigned to him.

Throughout, Flying Officer Harish Masand displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of high order.

Unit : 37 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrHarish Masand11272 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1989
Details :

Wing Commander Harish Masand, VrC (11272) Flying (Pilot) has been the Commanding Officer of a fighter squadron since Jul 86 when the Squadron moved to a new location for conversion on the Baaz aircraft.

During the move of the Squadron and till the squadron received its aircraft in early Oct 87, Wg Cdr Masand's sense of responsibility, devotion to duty and loyalty to the service were once again high­lighted in a major Command exercise in which the Squadron participated within four months of its formation. Despite the inexperience of the personnel and operation from a number of bases the Squadron's performance in the air and on ground was exemplary.

Despite his limited experience on type, he was specially chosen for displaying the performance of the aircraft. Wg Cdr Masand met this commitment with his characteristic Zeal, initiative and skill.

For his exemplary devotion to duty, loyalty, leadership and personal example, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr Harish Masand.

Unit : 28 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd April 1988 - No.39-Pres/89 dated 26th January 1989

Additional Notes

Remarks: Blue Skies Podcast Note added: 2022-01-15
Blue Skies Podcast:S1Ep4: Harish Masand - Part 1 - Training for 71 War
Remarks: Blue Skies Podcast Note added: 2022-01-15
Blue Skies Podcast:S1Ep5: Harish Masand - Part 2 - Shooting down a Sabre rattling Niazi
Remarks: Torque Aviation Note added: 2021-09-30

Articles from Main Site

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