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Air Marshal Harish Masand

Service No 11272 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 12 Apr 1946
Date Commissioned 31 Dec 1967 Course 98 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Jan 2006
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
01 Jul 1987 - 05 Jun 1989Wg CdrNo.28 SquadronPune CO
28 Jan 1997 - 31 May 1999Air Cmde2 WingLohegaon (Pune) AOC
25 Dec 2001 - 31 Jan 2004AVMMaintenance CommandNagpur SAASO
 
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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