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Air Marshal Hari Chand Dewan

Service No & Branch 1598 F(P)
Date of Birth: 20 Sep 1921 Commissioned: 01 Aug 1940 Course: 4 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1976 / Died on 22 Aug 2017 Nick Name : HappyHarry
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Feb 1942Acting Flt Lt : 01 Apr 1944Flt Lt : 27 Nov 1946Sqn Ldr : 15 Aug 1948
Wg Cdr : 01 Feb 1951Acting Gp Capt : 06 Aug 1951Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1955Acting Air Cmde : 07 May 1960
Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1964Acting AVM : 01 Jan 1967AVM : 01 Apr 1967Acting Air Marshal : 24 Mar 1971
Air Marshal : 01 Apr 1972C-in-C : 01 Jan 1967
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Fg Offr
Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
24 Jul 1942 - Fg OffrNo.4 Flight (Coastal Defence)Vizag 
01 Mar 1943 - Fg OffrNo.8 Squadron, RIAFPeshawar Flt Cdr B Attd 152OTU Peshawar
15 Dec 1944 - 29 Dec 1945Flt LtNo.7 Squadron, RIAF Flt Cdr CO To 6Sqn
12 Jan 1946 - 15 Feb 1946Flt LtNo.6 Squadron, RIAFRanchi Adj Fm 7Sqn To 12Sqn
04 Mar 1946 - Flt LtNo.12 Squadron, RIAFRisalpur Flight Commander
25 May 1947 - Flt LtNo.12 Squadron, RIAFBhopal 
19 Sep 1945 - 01 Mar 1946Sqn LdrNo.7 SquadronGwalior Commanding Officer
- 01 Dec 1947Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Wg Cdr (Ops)
16 Apr 1951 - 06 Aug 1951Wg CdrAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
16 Aug 1951 - Gp Capt1 Air Task ForceJallandhar Commanding Officer
17 Dec 1953 - 31 Dec 1955Gp CaptNo.2 Air Force AcademyJodhpur Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1955 - 01 Jan 1959Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director Training
28 Apr 1959 - 06 May 1960Gp Capt2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Station Commander
25 Apr 1960 - 01 May 1961Air CmdeOperational Command (WAC)Delhi Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Dec 1962 - 31 Dec 1966Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops)
01 Jan 1967 - 28 Mar 1968AVMCentral Air CommandCalcutta Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Apr 1968 - 23 Mar 1971AVMMaintenance CommandNagpur Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
24 Mar 1971 - 31 Mar 1973Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Apr 1973 - 18 Oct 1973Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
01 Oct 1973 - 31 Mar 1976Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
11 Jun 1976 - AirHQ Communications Squadron Commodore Commandant
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMHari Chand Dewan1598 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1969Announced 26 Jan 1969
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Hari Chand Dewan was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1940. He saw active service in Burma during World War II. He has held various command and staff appointments with distinction. He attended the Flying Instructors Course in the United Kingdom in 1942 and the RAF Staff College Course, Andover, in 1948-49. He also attended the National Defence College Course in 1961-62. After holding the appointment of Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters, Western Air Command, he was posted as Director of Operations (Transport) at Air Headquarters where he had to handle a variety of difficult problems relating to air transport support. During the Chinese aggression in 1962, he planned the airlift programme involving not only the transport fleet of the Air Force but almost the entire fleet of the Indian Airlines and non-scheduled operators. He was also instrumental in arranging compilation of navigation data for airfields and the revision of aeronautical charts. During his tenure as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Air Command, he has made marked improvement in the operational potential of the fighting elements of the Command. As Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command, since 1st April 1968, he has shown a great deal of energy and initiative in meeting the maintenance and supply requirements of the operational commands.

Unit : MC
Reference : GoI19690126
Padma Bhushan
Air MarshalHari Chand Dewan1598 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : EAC
Unit : EAC
Reference :
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