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Air Vice Marshal Victor Srihari

Service No 1624 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 04 Dec 1916
Date Commissioned 01 Aug 1940 Course 4 OBS Course
Service End Retired on 04 Mar 1972 / Died on 30 Nov 2011
Remarks : GD(O) later Pilot.
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Feb 1942Sqn Ldr : 15 Aug 1948Wg Cdr : 01 Mar 1951Acting Gp Capt : 19 May 1952
Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1955Acting Air Cmde : 12 Jun 1962Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1964Acting AVM : 10 Aug 1966
AVM : 01 Apr 1967C-in-C : 30 Aug 1969
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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

03 Jun 1941 - 01 Apr 1942Plt OffrNo.3 Flight (Coastal Defence)Calcutta 
01 Apr 1942 - 30 Nov 1942Plt OffrNo.353 Squadron RAFCalcutta 
03 Dec 1943 - 12 Aug 1944Fg OffrNo.7 Squadron, RIAFCampbellpore Obs To 1EFTS
01 Apr 1947 - 15 Aug 1947Fg OffrNo.1 Squadron, RIAFYelahanka Fm AFS Amb
12 Jul 1951 - 18 May 1952Sqn LdrNo.6 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
- 11 Jul 1951Wg CdrOperational Command (WAC)Delhi Air-I
01 Jul 1948 - Wg CdrOperational Command (WAC)Delhi Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
01 Jan 1953 - 01 Dec 1954Gp Capt2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Station Commander
01 Dec 1954 - 21 Feb 1959Gp CaptHigh Commission of India, United KingdomLondon Air Advisor
22 Feb 1959 - 01 Dec 1962Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi DD (PP)
01 Dec 1962 - 01 Jun 1963Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer in-charge Policy and Plans
01 Jan 1966 - 01 Jul 1966Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (PO)
01 Jul 1966 - 01 Jan 1968AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Policy and Plan
29 Mar 1968 - 29 Aug 1969AVMWestern IndiaPune Air Officer Commanding
30 Aug 1969 - 03 Mar 1972AVMTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeVictor Srihari1624 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1966Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details :

Air Commodore Victor Srihari as the Commandant of the Air force Flying College, Jodhpur was personally responsible for all air operations undertaken from this airfield during the fighting against Pakistan in September, 1965. The Flying College is primarily meant for imparting elementary flying training to various categories of aircrew. The sudden outbreak of hostilities and the enemy air activities in the Rajasthan-Sindh sector posed an unprecedented problem for this Air Officer as his Station had neither the personnel nor the aircraft and equipment to undertake any effective air operations, particularly against aircraft of superior performance of the Pakistani Air Force. In spite of these problems, Air Commodore Srihari rose to the occasion and through constant processes of improvisation and ingenuity organised the basic nucleus of an air defence force to counter the menacing threat from the raiding Pakistani aircraft. Through personal example he encouraged the pilot instructors of the College to readjust themselves to the operational conditions in a very short time and take to the air both by day and night.

As the operations progressed, the newly established operational force at Jodhpur under the command of Air Commodore Srihari started flying on missions of a diverse nature. Armed reconnaissance sorties were flown over the battle areas and into the enemy territories for provding vital information so badly required for the operations by the Army in Western Rajasthan. These armed reconnaissance missions were personally planned, controlled and managed by this Air Officer to ensure their utmost effectiveness in the face of superior enemy air potential. Fully aware of the limitation of his force he planned these operations in such manner that the frequent patrols by superior enemy aircraft could not do any effective damage to any our reconnaissance aircraft in this sector.

To counter the enemy air raids over Jodhpur and the surrounding areas a fine air defence team was organized by the Air officer and this force contributed to a large extent towards reducing the effectiveness, intensity and accuracy of Pakistani bombing at Jodhpur and the surrounding areas where our army units were operating. This fighter force operated by both day and night although they had very little training for night operations. In the offensive role also, the operational team under this gallant officer inflicted damage on enemy ground targets including some helicopters in spite of very stiff opposition from the enemy.

The overall contribution of Air Commodore Victor Srihari towards the air operation in Rajasthan-Sindh sector has been very commendable.

Unit : AFS Jodhpur
Reference : GoI19660126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
06 Jun 1945Hurricane IICLE958F/O V Srihari
151OTUac caught fire at 9000ft, pilot baled out at 3000ft