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Air Commodore James Arun Benjamin

Service No & Branch 11296 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 31 Dec 1967 Course: 98 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 2001 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 20 Jul 1986Gp Capt : 01 Jul 1991Air Cmde : 09 Jan 1997
Training and Other Courses Attended
29 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 196536 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 22 Nov 1980
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

28 Feb 1985 - 20 Apr 1987Wg CdrNo.108 SquadronAdampur Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1987 - 01 Jan 1988Wg CdrSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar SO to AOC-in-C
01 Jan 1988 - 01 Jan 1989Wg CdrSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur Command Flying Safety & Inspection Officer
29 Mar 1990 - 20 Apr 1992Gp Capt5 Forward Base Support UnitUttarlai Station Commander
01 Apr 1992 - 01 Apr 1995Gp CaptDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
01 Apr 1995 - 31 Dec 1996Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi JD(FS)
07 Jan 1997 - 03 Jan 1999Air Cmde8 WingAdampur Air Officer Commanding
11 Jan 1999 - 31 Dec 2001Air Cmde1 Air Force Selection BoardDehradun President
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrJames Arun Benjamin11296 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1988
Details :

Wing Commander James Arun Benjamin sustained serious burn injuries on this back, neck and face in 1971 in a Gnat flying accident. Undeterred by this and other serious emergencies that he encountered, he continued his flying career with courage, determination and thorough professionalism. He has flown 700 hrs on the Gnat and has to his credit 500 hrs of instructional flying as a Qualified Flying Instructor. He completed a successful tenure as a senior Flt Cdr in a MiG-21 Squadron before being chosen to command a prestigious fighter Squadron on 25 Feb 85.

With the distinction of being a Qualified Flying Instructor, Fighter Combat Leader and Defence Services Staff College graduate, he applied his full professional knowledge and ability to hone the Squadron to fine operational pitch during his tenure of two years and two months. The squadron carried out 5838 sorties in 3850 hrs of accident-free flying during this period.

His meticulous planning and guidance to his Flt Cdr assured a high Fully Operational, Instrument Flying rating status throughout, including rights strikes capability.

As a Commanding officer, he was quick on the uptake, totally reliable, positive minded, and a sound leader both in the air and on the ground. His reputation in the Squadron was of an exceptionally high order as was his standing with his peers and superiors. His ability in flying is evident from his flying qualifications, types of aircraft flown and apportionments held. On the present type MiG-21 variants, he has 1200 hours of accident free flying.

For his dedication to service beyond the call of duty, exceptional ability as a fighter pilot and supervisor, and man management, operational planning and training of a high order, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wing Commander James Arun Benjamin.

Unit : 108 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 2nd April 1988 - No.24-Pres/88 dated 26th January 1988

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
01 Mar 1971GnatE-1048Fg Offr James Arun Benjamin
24 sqnEngine issue and sei
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