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Air Chief Marshal Om Prakash Mehra

Service No 1639 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 19 Jan 1919
Date Commissioned 30 Nov 1940 Course 5 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Jan 1976 / Died on 08 Nov 2015
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 30 May 1942Acting Flt Lt : 01 Apr 1944Sqn Ldr : 15 Aug 1948Wg Cdr : 15 Aug 1949
Acting Air Cmde : 23 Jan 1960Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1963Acting AVM : 03 Oct 1963AVM : 01 Apr 1966
Acting Air Marshal : 01 Mar 1968Air Marshal : 01 Oct 1969C-in-C : 03 Aug 1963Air Chief Marshal : 16 Jan 1973
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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

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
05 Oct 1941 - 27 Mar 1946Plt OffrNo.3 Squadron, RIAFKohat later CO To AHQ
28 Dec 1945 - 27 Mar 1946Sqn LdrNo.3 SquadronKohat Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1947 - 01 Dec 1947Wg CdrAFSAmbala Chief Ground Instructor
01 Jan 1950 - 01 Jan 1953Gp CaptAFS TambaramChennai Station Commander
01 Aug 1951 - Gp CaptNo.2 Air Force AcademyJodhpur Commandant
01 Jan 1953 - 01 Jan 1954Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Training
01 Sep 1954 - 01 Jan 1958Gp CaptOperational Command (WAC)Delhi Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Apr 1958 - 01 Jan 1960Gp CaptArmament Training WingJamnagar Station Commander
01 Jan 1960 - 01 Dec 1960Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer in-charge Policy and Plans
01 Dec 1960 - 02 Aug 1963Air CmdeIASPune Dean
03 Aug 1963 - 17 Feb 1967AVMMaintenance CommandNagpur Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Feb 1967 - 01 Dec 1967AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance
01 Jan 1968 - 06 Aug 1969Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance
07 Aug 1969 - 28 Feb 1971Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
01 Mar 1971 - 15 Jan 1973Air MshlHALBangalore Chairman
16 Jan 1973 - 31 Jan 1976Air Chf MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Chief of Air Staff
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMOm Prakash Mehra1639 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1968Announced 26 Jan 1968
Details :

Air Vice Marshall Om Prakash Mehra (1639) GD (P) was Air Officer Commandingin-Chief, Maintenance Command for a period of over three years with effect from 3rd October, 1963. On relinquishment of Command he was appointed Air Officerin-Charge Maintenance with effect from 1st February 1967, where he continues.

During his tenure as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command, this Air Officer was able to improve the efficiency of that Command; he showed commendable initiative, energy and untiring zeal in pursuing various projects and ensuring their completion on schedule. There were many shortages in that Command during the period of his command but despite those, he was able to increase the output of overhauled engines and aircraft from the Base Repair Depots. In the Equipment Depots, he was able to introduce new ideas and improve their functioning. As a result, the efficiency of the Maintenance Command as a whole improved considerably during his assignment.

Since taking over the duties of Air Officerin-Charge Maintenance, Air Vice Marshal Mehra has not spared himself in making up the shortages which exist on the Maintenance side. Due to various factors there have been shortages of spares. There have also been many other difficulties in adhering to the programme set before us for servicing aircraft. These difficulties notwithstanding, he has with his characteristics drive and initiative set into motion various actions which area now beginning to produce good results.

Unit : MC
Reference : GoI19680126
Padma Vibhushan
Air Chief MarshOm Prakash Mehra1639 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1977Announced 26 Jan 1977
Details : CAS
Unit : Air HQ
Reference :

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
31 Jan 1942Audax (India)K4849Plt Offr O P Mehra
3Cr on L at Miranshah, Gunner Sgt Muralidhar