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Air Vice Marshal Surendra Nath Goyal

Service No 1560 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 11 Dec 1917
Date Commissioned 30 Jul 1938 Course 1Cranwell Course
Service End Retired on 08 Aug 1968 / Died on 28 Feb 2009
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 30 Jul 1940Acting Sqn Ldr : 01 Apr 1944Wg Cdr : 15 Aug 1948Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1952
Acting Air Cmde : 17 Dec 1952Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1959Acting AVM : 01 Apr 1961AVM : 01 Apr 1964
C-in-C : 01 Apr 1961
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Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1939 - 10 May 1941Plt OffrNo.1 Squadron, RIAF To 2Sqn
10 May 1941 - Fg OffrNo.2 Squadron, RIAFPeshawar Fm 1Sqn
04 Oct 1942 - 03 Sep 1943Sqn LdrNo.1 SquadronTrichinopoly Commanding Officer
04 Oct 1942 - 03 Sep 1943Sqn LdrNo.1 Squadron, RIAFTrichinopoly 
- 16 Dec 1952Gp CaptNo.2 Air Force AcademyJodhpur Station Commander
- 01 Aug 1947Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Group Captain (Plans)
01 Aug 1947 - Gp CaptAFS TambaramChennai Station Commander
17 Dec 1952 - 10 Jan 1956Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding
16 Jan 1956 - 01 Dec 1957Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Technical & Equipment
11 Dec 1959 - 31 Mar 1961Air CmdeSchool of Land and Air WarfareSecunderabad Commandant
01 Apr 1961 - 09 Aug 1966AVMTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding in Chief
09 Aug 1966 - 18 Jun 1968AVMNational Defence AcademyPune Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Member of the Order of the British Empire
Wg CdrSurendra Nath Goyal1560 GD(P)Award Date Announced 01 Jan 1946
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Additional Notes

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.