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Air Vice Marshal Satya Pal Shahi

Service No 1601 Branch ADM
Date of Birth: 08 Jan 1916
Date Commissioned 01 Aug 1940 Course 4 Course
Service End Retired on 09 Jan 1973
Remarks : Originall flying - adm after accident
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

28 Jun 1942 - Fg OffrNo.1 Flight (Coastal Defence)Madras 
13 Sep 1942 - 15 Jun 1943Fg OffrNo.3 Squadron, RIAFKohat Injured Flying Accident To CIMH
- Wg CdrEmbassy of India, PakistanIslamabad Air Advisor
04 Oct 1954 - 09 Oct 1955Wg CdrNo.3 Air Force AcademyCoimbatore CO
24 Dec 1957 - 12 Jan 1961Gp CaptAir Force Administrative CollegeCoimbatore Cmdt
01 Jan 1961 - Gp Capt2 Equipment DepotMumbai CO
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMSatya Pal Shahi1601 ADMAward Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : AIR VICE MARSHAL SATYA PAL SHAHI, (1601) ADM : Prior to, and during the December, 1971 conflict with Pakistan, Air Vice Marshal Satya Pal Shahi had to bear very heavy administrative responsibilities, which he had discharged most successfully. Operational plans required the setting up of additional facilities at a number of forward airfields, and there was a requirement for large increases in manpower at all operational stations. His judicious allocation of the additional manpower, made available to his Command, ensured that all operational units had the personnel they needed to fulfil their tasks. He also took steps to ensure that the organisational set up by Air Headquarters for emergency repairs of airfields would function smoothly at all the Wings within the Command. In the event, his efforts enabled airfields damaged by enemy action during night raids to be made fit for use by surprise the following morning. The close liaison he esta- blished with State Governments to ensure unbroken power supply to operational bases, and augmentation as security arrangements proved most effective. During the hostilities, he personally visited every forward airfield and outlying unit to ensure the smooth running of the administrative machinery parallel with the conduct of operations. This effort on his part had a significant effect on the morale of personnel and their families. In sum, the administrative arrangements for which he worked so hard and efficiently had a direct contributory effect on the success of air operations. With his high professional competence, dedication to duty, zeal and enthusiasm, Air Vice Marshal Shahi rendered distinguished service of a most exceptional order.
Unit : Air HQ
Reference : Indian Armed Forces Year Book 1972

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
15 Jun 1943Audax (India)K4854Fg Offr Shahi
33s flew into hills on test flight Kohat pass 15-6-