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Air Chief Marshal Pratap Chandra Lal

Service No 1567 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 06 Dec 1916
Date Commissioned 14 Nov 1939 Course 1 Course
Service End Retired on 15 Jan 1973 / Died on 13 Aug 1982
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 May 1941Acting Sqn Ldr : 01 Oct 1944Wg Cdr : 15 Aug 1948Gp Capt : 15 Sep 1952
Acting Air Cmde : 28 Jan 1953Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1958Acting AVM : 14 Nov 1959AVM : 01 Oct 1961
Acting Air Marshal : 15 Jan 1966Air Marshal : 15 Jan 1966C-in-C : 24 Nov 1963Air Chief Marshal : 16 Jul 1969
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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

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
14 Nov 1939 - 08 Jul 1940Plt Offr1 FTSRisalpur Trainee Observer
08 Jul 1940 - 27 Aug 1941Plt OffrNo.5 Flight (Coastal Defence)Delhi Observer
28 May 1941 - 26 Dec 1942Plt Offr1 SFTSAmbala Instructor
27 Dec 1942 - 04 Oct 1943Fg Offr152 OUTPeshawar Instructor / Conversion
01 Jun 1942 - 08 Oct 1943Flt LtNo.152 Operational Training UnitPeshawar To 7IAF
04 Oct 1943 - 15 Sep 1945Flt LtNo.7 SquadronVarious Flt Cdr and CO
08 Oct 1943 - 18 Sep 1945Flt LtNo.7 Squadron, RIAFCampbellpore Flt Cdr, CO Fm 152OTU to AirHQ
21 Jul 1944 - 18 Sep 1945Sqn LdrNo.7 SquadronPeshawar/ Imphal Commanding Officer
15 Sep 1945 - 04 Sep 1946Sqn LdrAir HQ IndiaDelhi 
05 Sep 1946 - 21 Oct 1946Sqn LdrHQ Calcutta Recruiting Ar 
15 May 1947 - 15 May 1947Sqn LdrNo.12 Squadron, RIAFBhopal 
15 Oct 1946 - 01 Jul 1947Wg CdrNo.12 SquadronChaklala Dak Conversion
- Gp CaptOperational Command (WAC)Delhi Senior Air Staff Officer
15 Aug 1947 - Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Trg & Plans)
01 May 1949 - Gp CaptRAF Staff CollegeAndover Staff Course
01 Oct 1954 - Air CmdeCabinetDelhi Deputy Secretary (Militar
09 Jan 1956 - 26 May 1958Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding
01 Nov 1957 - 01 Nov 1962Air CmdeIndian Airlines General Manager
01 Jan 1963 - 23 Nov 1963AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance
24 Nov 1963 - 30 Sep 1964AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Oct 1964 - 14 Jan 1966AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
15 Jan 1966 - 01 Sep 1966Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
01 Sep 1966 - 15 Jul 1969Air MshlHALBangalore MD
16 Jul 1969 - 15 Jan 1973Air Chf MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Chief of Air Staff
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 3
   
Distinguished Flying Cross
Sqn LdrPratap Chandra Lal1567 GD(P)Award Date Announced 19 Oct 1945
Details : Squadron Leader Pratap Chandra Lal has completed a considerable number of operational sorties. He is a commanding officer of a squadron which has been employed on photographic reconnaissance work in support of the Fourteenth Army in the Irrawady Valley. He has shown exceptional qualities and keenness and has completed many hazardous sorties in the wake of strong enemy opposition. He has frequently penetrated deep into enemy territory in search of important information. By his coolness and determination, Squadron Leader Lal has set a fine example to all his pilots.
Unit : 7 Squadron
Reference : London Gazette 37313 dated 19 Oct 45, Page 5123
Padma Bhushan
AVMPratap Chandra Lal1567 GD(P)Award Date 30 Oct 1965Announced 30 Oct 1965
Details : VCAS
Unit : Air HQ
Reference :
Padma Vibhushan
Air Chief MarshPratap Chandra Lal1567 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : CAS
Unit : Air HQ
Reference :

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
18 Dec 1941DH86ASqn Ldr Bishop RAF
Plt Offr Pratap Chandra Lal
Co-Pilot Plt Offr PC Lal - ac swung on TO