|Service No & Branch||1614 F(P)|
|Date of Birth: -- --- --||Commissioned 01 Aug 1940||Course: 4 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 31 Mar 1973|
|Remarks :||d: 1997|
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|02 Mar 1943 -||Plt Offr||No.6 Squadron, RIAF||Plt|
|02 Jun 1942 -||Fg Offr||No.2 Flight (Coastal Defence)||Juhu|
|23 Dec 1943 - 29 Aug 1945||Flt Lt||No.3 Squadron, RIAF||Bairagarh||Flight Commander To AirHQ|
|24 Nov 1945 - 25 Oct 1946||Sqn Ldr||No.8 Squadron, RIAF|
|30 Nov 1945 - 09 Oct 1946||Sqn Ldr||No.8 Squadron||Commanding Officer|
|01 Nov 1946 - 01 May 1947||Sqn Ldr||No.4 Squadron||Miho, Japan||Commanding Officer|
|01 Nov 1946 - 27 May 1947||Sqn Ldr||No.4 Squadron, RIAF||Miho||Commanding Officer|
|10 Mar 1948 - 14 Sep 1948||Wg Cdr||1 Wing||Jammu||Station Commander|
|15 Sep 1948 - 20 Oct 1948||Wg Cdr||No 1 Operational Group||Delhi||Air-I|
|-||Gp Capt||Training Command||Bangalore||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|-||Gp Capt||National Defence College||Delhi||Staff Course|
|01 May 1949 -||Gp Capt||RAF Staff College||Andover||Staff Course|
|01 Oct 1954 - 21 Jan 1955||Gp Capt||2 Air Task Force||Mumbai||Commanding Officer|
|23 Oct 1954 - 27 Apr 1959||Gp Capt||2 Wing||Lohegaon (Pune)||Station Commander|
|22 Jan 1955 - 31 Mar 1957||Gp Capt||2 Tactical Air Support Group||Mumbai/ Pune||Commanding Officer|
|01 Apr 1957 - 01 Jan 1960||Gp Capt||2 Tactical Air Center||Pune||Commanding Officer|
|-||Air Cmde||Eastern Air Command||Shillong||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|15 Apr 1959 - 24 Apr 1960||Air Cmde||Operational Command (WAC)||Delhi||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|08 Oct 1962 - 11 Dec 1962||Air Cmde||No 1 Operational Group||Tezpur||Air Officer Commanding|
|05 Aug 1963 - 30 Sep 1964||AVM||Eastern Air Command||Shillong||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
|01 Oct 1964 - 29 Feb 1964||AVM||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Deputy Chief of Air Staff|
|01 Mar 1968 - 04 Aug 1969||Air Marshal||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Deputy Chief of Air Staff|
|06 Aug 1969 - 31 Mar 1973||Air Marshal||Western Air Command||Delhi||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
|11 Jun 1976 -||No.8 Squadron||Commodore Commandant|
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|Distinguished Flying Cross|
|Flt LtĀ Ā||Minoo Merwan Engineer||1614 GD(P)||Award Date||Announced 02 Oct 1945|
|Details :|| During World War II , Flight Lieutnant Minoo Merwan Engineer, while serving with No.3 (RIAF) Squadron had a long period of operational flying. As a Flight Commander, he led many successful attacks in support of the Army, most of the time bombing and strafing in difficult country within a few hundred yards of our own troops. At all times he set an outstanding example of leadership and devotion to duty which played a large role in mainitaing a high standard of morale prevailing in his flight and Squadron. He has a total of 505 hours and 25 minutes of operational flying. For the above acts of gallantry he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. |
Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin 1829.: This officer has a very fine operational record and has participated in attacks against many heavily defended targets. He has also participated in operations in support of the Army. At all times he has shown outstanding ability and skill in leading his flight and steadfast devotion to duty.
|Unit : 3 Squadron|
|Reference : London Gazette 37291 dated 2 Oct 1945, Page 4859 Citation in Air Ministry Bulletin 19829. (Citation Courtesy: Hugh Halliday)|
|Maha Vir Chakra|
|Wg Cdr||Minoo Merwan Engineer||1614 GD(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1950||Announced 26 Jan 1950|
|Details :|| |
Wing Commander Minoo Merwan Engineer was commissioned as General Duties (Pilot) in the Royal Indian Air Force on 1 August 1940. He was an experienced pilot flying Hurricane fighters in World War II for which he was awarded the DFC in 1945.
During Jammu & Kashmir Operations 1947-48, Wing Commander Engineer actively participated in air activity in Kashmir for nearly a year. Under his able guidance the enemy was hit hard on a number of occasions at Kishanganga Bridge, Skardu and Gilgit. During the capture of Gurais the Air Force extended very effective support to the land forces. This was largely due to the drive and initiative shown by Wing Commander Engineer in planning and directing the air operations.
Wing Commander Engineer was awarded the Mahavir Chakra for exceptional gallantry and leadership.
|Unit : 1 Wing|
|Reference : Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Notification No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950|
|Param Vishist Seva Medal|
|AVM||Minoo Merwan Engineer||1614 GD(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1964||Announced 26 Jan 1964|
|Details :|| |
During the operations in Goa, Daman and Diu, Air Vice Marshal Erlic W Pinto was A.O.C-IN-C, Operational Command for overall conduct of air operations. His directive was to assist the land forces in the attainment of their objective with the use of minimum force. The risk of casualties to the civil population in air operations was inherent. As a result of meticulous by Air Vice Marshal Pinto and efficient coordination, the air operations in the three enclaves were carried out most successfully.
With the outbreak of the Chinese hostilities in 1962 the air operational commitments assumed vast proportions in J & K area as the land forces were largely dependent upon the Air Force for supplies, ammunitions and evacuation of casualties. The resources at Air Vice Marshal Pinto's disposal remained unaltered. However, he faced the situation with his usual calm and reorganized the units under his command to undertake the intensive logistic support required. To infuse confidence in his officers and men he led many difficult airlift missions with complete disregard to his personal safety. The first landing at forward outpost entailed use of a river bed which is the highest 'airstrip' in the world. In spite of the hazards involved, Air Vice Marshal Pinto decided to proceed on this flight himself to check operating conditions there.
As A.O.C-in-C Operational Command, Air Vice Marshal Pinto has all along displayed initiative, drive and leadership of a very high order.
|Unit : EAC|
|Reference : GoI19640126|
|Air Marshal||Minoo Merwan Engineer||1614 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1972||Announced 26 Jan 1972|
|Unit : WAC|