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Air Vice Marshal Victor Srihari

Service No & Branch 1624 F(P) (Orig: GD(O))
Date of Birth: 04 Dec 1916 Commissioned: 01 Aug 1940 Course: 4 OBS Course
Service End: Retired on 04 Mar 1972 Superannuated Died on 30 Nov 2011 (95 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Feb 1942Flt Lt : 15 Sep 1947Sqn Ldr : 15 Aug 1948Wg Cdr : 01 Mar 1951
Acting Gp Capt : 19 May 1952Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1955Acting Air Cmde : 12 Jun 1962Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1964
Acting AVM : 10 Aug 1966AVM : 01 Apr 1967C-in-C : 30 Aug 1969
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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 SquadronCampbellpore Nav Offr To 1EFTS
01 Apr 1947 - 15 Aug 1947Fg OffrNo.1 SquadronYelahanka Squadron Pilot Fm AFS Amb
01 Jul 1948 - 15 Oct 1949Wg CdrNo 1 Operational Group (WAC)Delhi Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
15 Oct 1949 - 26 Feb 1950Wg CdrEmbassy of India, USAWashington Air Attache
28 Feb 1950 - 09 Jun 1951Wg CdrOperational CommandDelhi Air-I
12 Jul 1951 - 18 May 1952Wg CdrNo.6 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
01 Apr 1952 - 01 May 1952Wg Cdr2 Air Task ForceMumbai Commanding Officer
01 May 1952 - 01 Oct 1954Gp Capt2 Air Task ForceMumbai Commanding Officer
19 May 1952 - 22 Oct 1954Gp Capt2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Station Commander
01 Jan 1955 - 20 Feb 1958Gp CaptHigh Commission of India, United KingdomLondon Air Advisor
01 Apr 1958 - 31 Mar 1959Gp CaptJSSCUK 
03 Nov 1959 - 31 May 1962Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Director, Policy and Plans
12 Jun 1962 - 01 Jun 1963Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer in-charge Policy and Plans
01 Jun 1963 - 14 Jan 1966Air CmdeAir Force Flying CollegeJodhpur Commandant
12 Jan 1966 - 09 Aug 1966Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Personnel Officers
10 Aug 1966 - 09 Apr 1968AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Policy and Plan
10 Apr 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 IICLE958Fg Offr Victor Srihari
151OTUac caught fire at 90
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