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Air Marshal Minoo Merwan Engineer

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
Promotions Gazetted
Acting Flt Lt : 01 Oct 1943Wg Cdr : 15 Aug 1948Acting Gp Capt : 11 May 1950Gp Capt : 01 Sep 1953
Acting Air Cmde : 02 May 1959Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1963Acting AVM : 05 Aug 1963AVM : 01 Apr 1966
Air Marshal : 01 Apr 1968C-in-C : 05 Aug 1963
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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

02 Mar 1943 - Plt OffrNo.6 Squadron, RIAF Plt
02 Jun 1942 - Fg OffrNo.2 Flight (Coastal Defence)Juhu 
23 Dec 1943 - 29 Aug 1945Flt LtNo.3 Squadron, RIAFBairagarh Flight Commander To AirHQ
24 Nov 1945 - 25 Oct 1946Sqn LdrNo.8 Squadron, RIAF 
30 Nov 1945 - 09 Oct 1946Sqn LdrNo.8 Squadron Commanding Officer
01 Nov 1946 - 27 May 1947Sqn LdrNo.4 Squadron, RIAFMiho Commanding Officer
01 Nov 1946 - 01 May 1947Sqn LdrNo.4 SquadronMiho, Japan Commanding Officer
10 Mar 1948 - 14 Sep 1948Wg Cdr1 WingJammu Station Commander
15 Sep 1948 - 20 Oct 1948Wg CdrNo 1 Operational GroupDelhi Air-I
20 Oct 1948 - Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Wg Cdr (Operations)
- Gp CaptTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
01 May 1949 - Gp CaptRAF Staff CollegeAndover Staff Course
01 Oct 1954 - 21 Jan 1955Gp Capt2 Air Task ForceMumbai Commanding Officer
23 Oct 1954 - 27 Apr 1959Gp Capt2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Station Commander
22 Jan 1955 - 31 Mar 1957Gp Capt2 Tactical Air Support GroupMumbai/ Pune Commanding Officer
01 Apr 1957 - 01 Jan 1960Gp Capt2 Tactical Air CenterPune Commanding Officer
- Air CmdeEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
15 Apr 1959 - 24 Apr 1960Air CmdeOperational Command (WAC)Delhi Senior Air Staff Officer
08 Oct 1962 - 11 Dec 1962Air CmdeNo 1 Operational GroupTezpur Air Officer Commanding
05 Aug 1963 - 30 Sep 1964AVMEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Oct 1964 - 29 Feb 1964AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
01 Mar 1968 - 04 Aug 1969Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
06 Aug 1969 - 31 Mar 1973Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
11 Jun 1976 - No.8 Squadron Commodore Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Distinguished Flying Cross
Flt LtĀ Ā Minoo Merwan Engineer1614 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 CdrMinoo Merwan Engineer1614 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1950Announced 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
AVMMinoo Merwan Engineer1614 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1964Announced 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
Padma Bhushan
Air MarshalMinoo Merwan Engineer1614 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : WAC
Unit : WAC
Reference :
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