|Service No & Branch||1560 GD(P)|
|Date of Birth: 11 Dec 1917||Commissioned: 30 Jul 1938||Course: 1Cranwell Course|
|Service End:||Retired on 08 Aug 1968 / Died on 28 Feb 2009|
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|01 Jan 1939 - 10 May 1941||Plt Offr||No.1 Squadron, RIAF||To 2Sqn|
|10 May 1941 -||Fg Offr||No.2 Squadron, RIAF||Peshawar||Fm 1Sqn|
|04 Oct 1942 - 03 Sep 1943||Sqn Ldr||No.1 Squadron||Trichinopoly||Commanding Officer|
|04 Oct 1942 - 03 Sep 1943||Sqn Ldr||No.1 Squadron, RIAF||Trichinopoly|
|15 Aug 1947 - 16 Sep 1947||Gp Capt||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Gp Capt (Plans & Training)|
|17 Sep 1947 - 30 Jan 1948||Gp Capt||2 Ground Training School||Tambaram||Station Commander|
|27 Jan 1948 - 30 Apr 1948||Gp Capt||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Gp Capt (Operations)|
|15 Nov 1948 - 01 Mar 1951||Gp Capt||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Director, Organisation|
|17 Mar 1951 - 16 Dec 1952||Gp Capt||No.2 Air Force Academy||Jodhpur||Commanding Officer|
|17 Dec 1952 - 10 Jan 1956||Air Cmde||Training Command||Bangalore||Air Officer Commanding|
|16 Jan 1956 - 27 May 1958||Air Cmde||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Air Officer-in-Charge Technical & Equipment Services|
|28 May 1958 - 10 Dec 1959||Air Cmde||Advance HQ, Operational Command||Simla||Air Officer Commanding|
|11 Dec 1959 - 31 Mar 1961||Air Cmde||School of Land and Air Warfare||Secunderabad||Commandant|
|01 Apr 1961 - 06 Aug 1966||AVM||Training Command||Bangalore||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
|09 Aug 1966 - 18 Jun 1968||AVM||National Defence Academy||Khadakvasla||Commandant|
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|Member of the Order of the British Empire|
|Wg Cdr||Surendra Nath Goyal||1560 GD(P)||Award Date||Announced 01 Jan 1946|
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|Remarks: IAF pioneer Air Vice Marshal Surendranath Goyal passes away Note added: 2009-03-07|
By Suresh Panje,
New Delhi, March 1 : Pre-war pioneer and the eldest officer of the Indian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Surendranath Goyal passed away here on Saturday following a brief illness. He was 92.
He is survived by a son, daughter and grandchildren.
Born on December 11, 1917, Air Vice Marshal Goyal was commisioned in the Royal Indian Air Force on July 30, 1938. During his illustrious career, he commanded Air Force's premier No. 1 "Tigers" Squadron during 1942-43. He was also the Air-Officer-Commanding-in-Chief of the Training Command for a record ten years.
He retired in 1968 after commanding the National Defence Academy for two years.
The retired Air Vice Marshal was multifaceted personality. He opted to be a yoga teacher. He toured European countries between 1973 and 1983. Since 1983, he was actively involved in rural development work in the village of Sambhalerha in Uttar Pradesh.
Fondly called "Surenji", he founded two voluntary organisations - World Association for Value Education (WAVE) and Netaji Forum - and also a magazine devoted to good governance and ethical values - People's Manifesto.
On Sunday, the former Air Vice Marshal was cremated with full military honours.
Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, and former chiefs Air Chief Marshal A Y Tipnis and Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi paid their last respects by laying wreaths on his body. A number of friends, admirers and relatives were present at the cremation.