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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
01 Jun 1942 - 08 Oct 1943Flt LtNo. 152 Operational Training UnitPeshawar To 7IAF
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 CO
15 May 1947 - 15 May 1947Sqn LdrNo. 12 Squadron, RIAFBhopal 
- Gp CaptOperational Command (WAC)Delhi SASO
09 Jan 1956 - 26 May 1958Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore AOC
01 Jan 1963 - 23 Nov 1963AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi AOM
24 Nov 1963 - 30 Sep 1964AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi AOC-in-C
01 Oct 1964 - 14 Jan 1966AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi VCAS
15 Jan 1966 - 01 Sep 1966Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi VCAS
16 Jul 1969 - 15 Jan 1973Air Chf MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi CAS
 
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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