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Air Vice Marshal Erlic Wilmot Pinto

Service No 1593 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 29 Jun 1921
Date Commissioned 01 Aug 1940 Course 4 Course
Service End Died in Service 22 Nov 1963
Remarks : k in Heli Crash
Promotions Gazetted
Acting Flt Lt : 01 Oct 1943Flt Lt : 25 Mar 1945Sqn Ldr : 16 Mar 1947Wg Cdr : 15 Aug 1948
Acting Gp Capt : 15 Nov 1948Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1953Acting Air Cmde : 28 May 1958Air Cmde : 05 Oct 1958
Acting AVM : 07 Dec 1959AVM : 01 Jan 1963C-in-C : 31 Dec 1959
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Gp Capt

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

30 Nov 1942 - Plt OffrNo.2 Flight (Coastal Defence)Juhu 
01 Oct 1942 - 21 Oct 1942Fg OffrNo.1 Squadron, RIAFTrichinopoly To Bombay
05 Dec 1942 - 11 Dec 1944Fg OffrNo.7 Squadron, RIAF Plt To Rectt Dir
01 Jul 1945 - 07 Jul 1945Sqn LdrNo.9 Squadron, RIAF attd fr conv
12 Aug 1945 - Sqn LdrNo.4 Squadron, RIAFYelahanka Commanding Officer
12 Aug 1945 - 01 Feb 1946Sqn LdrNo.4 SquadronHMS Vengeance Commanding Officer
- Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi DD (Organisation)
- 01 Dec 1955Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Policy and Plan
- Gp CaptHigh Commission of India, United KingdomLondon Air Advisor
15 Aug 1947 - 15 Nov 1948Gp Capt3 WingPalam (Delhi) Commanding Officer
16 Nov 1948 - 06 Mar 1950Gp CaptAdvance Flying School (India)Ambala Commanding Officer
28 May 1958 - 30 Dec 1959Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Administration
31 Dec 1959 - 09 Jun 1963AVMOperational Command (WAC)Delhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
10 Jun 1963 - 22 Nov 1963AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Mention in Despatches
Gp CaptErlic Wilmot Pinto1593 GD(P)Award Date Announced 13 Jan 1951
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India , 17th February 1951 - No.2 - Pres dated 13th February 1951
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMErlic Wilmot Pinto1593 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1964Announced 26 Jan 1964
Details :

Air Vice Marshal (then Air Commodore) Minoo Merwan Engineer, MVC, DFC, was posted as AOC to No. 1 Group, which was responsible for operations in NEFA. During the Chinese aggression in Autumn last year, the operational commitments in the area assumed considerable proportions without any increase in the resources available to No. 1 Group. Air Vice Marshal Engineer, a veteran operational commander, faced the heavy task with his usual calm and determination, and personally planned most of the logistic support operations with considerable success.

The helicopter operations in NEFA were also controlled by Air Vice Marshal Engineer in order to achieve maximum utilization of the few helicopters then at his disposal. To infuse full confidence among his pilots in landing at difficult helipads at heights like Tsanghdar (16000 ft), he flew in the first helicopter to land there and organized the evacuation of casualties from that difficult helipad. On another occasion, he remained at our outpost at Walong till the last moment and flew out only when the landing ground was being shelled by the enemy. These operational missions were beyond the call of his normal duties but in carrying them out , he set a fine example at all times for his officers and men to emulate.

The task allotted to the Air Force in NEFA during the Chinese aggression, were carried out with determination and confidence and this was, in large measure, due to the leadership and unflagging zeal displayed by Air Vice Marshal Engineer. By his devotion to duty and sound organizing ability, he has rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit : WAC
Reference : GoI19640126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
22 Nov 1963ChetakFlt Lt S S Sodhi*
AVM Erlic Pinto
107HUCr at poonch 6 killed incl 4 Generals
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