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Air Marshal Hirendra Nath Chatterjee

Service No 1620 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 01 Mar 1918
Date Commissioned 01 Aug 1940 Course 4 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Mar 1972
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Acting Flt Lt : 01 Oct 1943Wg Cdr : 15 Aug 1948Acting Gp Capt : 15 Oct 1949Gp Capt : 01 Sep 1953
Acting Air Cmde : 31 Mar 1959Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1963Acting AVM : 06 Jan 1964AVM : 01 Apr 1966
Air Marshal : 01 Apr 1968C-in-C : 18 Feb 1967
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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

05 Oct 1941 - Plt OffrNo. 3 Squadron, RIAFKohat 
02 Jul 1944 - 15 Aug 1945Flt LtNo. 1 Squadron, RIAFImphal To INA
01 Jan 1953 - Gp Capt3 WingPalam (Delhi) Stn Cdr
01 Jan 1954 - Gp CaptTraining CommandBangalore SASO
31 Dec 1959 - Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi AOA
12 Jun 1962 - Air CmdeEmbassy of India, United KingdomLondon Air Advisor
24 Nov 1963 - 17 Feb 1967AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi AOM
18 Feb 1967 - 31 Mar 1968AVMMaintenance CommandNagpur AOC-in-C
01 Apr 1968 - 23 Mar 1971Air MshlEastern Air CommandShillong AOC-in-C
01 Mar 1971 - 31 Mar 1972Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi DCAS
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Distinguished Flying Cross
Flt LtĀ Ā Hirendra Nath Chatterjee1620 GD(P)Award Date Announced 17 Aug 1945
Details : Flight Lieutenant Chatterjee has completed a large number of operational sorties. An excellent flight commander and a determined and successful fighter reconnaissance pilot, he has flown on many difficult missions and brought back valuable information about the enemy and some outstanding photographs.
Unit : 1 Squadron
Reference : London Gazette 37228 dated 17 Aug 1945, Page 4188 Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin 19448. (Citation Courtesy: Hugh Halliday)
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalHirendra Nath Chatterjee1620 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : AIR MARSHAL HIRENDRA NATH CHATTERJEE, DFC, (1620) F(P) [DyCAS Air HQ] Since March 1971 Air Marshal Hirendra Nath Chatterjee was responsible for the operational training and readiness of the Air Force as a whole. He played a leading part in planning and co-ordinating the activities of the three Operational Commands during the recent war with Pakistan. Throughout his career, Air Marshal Chatterjee brought to his duties a sound knowledge of military aviation in all its aspects, and the ability to tackle the most difficult tasks in a quiet and methodical manner. Through the many important posts that he held, he did much for the development and strengthening of the Indian Air Force, leading up to its success in the recent Indo-Pak conflict. He rendered service of the most exceptional order.
Unit : Air HQ
Reference : Indian Armed Forces Year Book 1972