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Air Chief Marshal Hrushikesh Moolgavkar

Service No 1644 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 14 Aug 1920
Date Commissioned 30 Nov 1940 Course 5 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Aug 1978 / Died on 09 Apr 2015
Remarks :
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

15 Jan 1947 - 26 May 1947No.6 Squadron, RIAF to 10 Sqn
01 Dec 1941 - 04 Oct 1943Plt OffrNo.1 Squadron, RIAFPeshawar To Bhopal
25 Apr 1944 - 15 Jan 1945Fg OffrNo.4 Squadron, RIAFFeni Injured in Crash
16 Jul 1945 - 25 Nov 1946Flt LtNo.10 Squadron, RIAF To UK, and AirHQ India
16 Jan 1947 - 30 Apr 1947Sqn LdrNo.6 SquadronKohat CO
09 May 1947 - 21 Feb 1948Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronChakeri CO
02 Jun 1947 - Sqn LdrNo.10 Squadron, RIAF Fm 6Sqn
05 Apr 1948 - 14 Sep 1948Wg CdrRIAF Depot Staff Course
15 Sep 1948 - 21 Apr 1949Wg Cdr1 WingSrinagar Stn Cdr
22 Apr 1949 - 13 Jun 1950Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Supy
16 Mar 1950 - 08 Aug 1951Wg Cdr9 WingHalwara Stn Cdr
14 Jun 1950 - 03 Jul 1950Wg CdrNo.7 Squadron Conversion
04 Jul 1950 - 19 Oct 1950Wg CdrUK Fighter Leader Course
20 Oct 1950 - 29 Sep 1954Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Direction (ops)
30 Sep 1954 - 15 Jun 1958Gp Capt3 WingPalam (Delhi) Stn Cdr
16 Jun 1958 - 21 Feb 1959Air CmdeOperational Command (WAC)Delhi Air-1
22 Feb 1959 - 11 Jun 1962Air CmdeEmbassy of India, United KingdomLondon Air Advisor
12 Jun 1962 - 09 Jun 1963Air CmdeOperations Command (WAC)Delhi SASO
10 Jun 1963 - 19 Jun 1963Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi SASO
20 Jun 1963 - 28 Dec 1964Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi AOC (PP)
29 Dec 1964 - 24 Jan 1967Air CmdeMaintenance CommandNagpur SAASO
25 Jan 1967 - 28 Mar 1968AVMWestern IndiaPune AOC
29 Mar 1968 - 31 Mar 1971AVMCentral Air CommandAllahabad AOC-in-C
01 Apr 1971 - 30 Mar 1973Air MshlNational Defence CollegeDelhi Cmdt
01 Apr 1973 - 31 Jan 1976Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi AOC-in-C
01 Feb 1976 - 31 Aug 1978Air Chf MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi CAS
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Maha Vir Chakra
Wg CdrHrushikesh Moolgavkar1644 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1950Announced 08 Dec 1951
Details :

Wing Commander Hrushikesh Moolgavkar commanded No.1 Operational Wing of the IAF in Kashmir from September 1948 to May 1949. Inspite of having to plan out as well as conduct operations from both Jammu and Srinagar, this officer made time to take the air whenver the more difficult and dangerous commitments had to be carried out.

In these tasks, he showed great leadership, by his selfless devotion to duty and fearless readiness for offensive action against the enemy. This leaer inspried great confidence in his Squadron commanders and pilots.

The air attack on the well defended Domel Bridge and the Uri and Saadabad sectors was led and directed by Wing Commander Moolgavkar personally. When the defences around Uri presented severe obstacles in the way of operational flight on that area, he evolved a plan and attacked the Uri guns in conjuction with one of his Squadron Commanders. This attack not only exposed them to the fire of the anti-aircraft guns but also brought him within the dangerous probability of their aircraft entering the 'Compressibility Zones' with a risky load of bombs at high altitudes.

The final link-ups with Poonch, Kargil and Leh were established during the period he was in command of No.1 Operational Wing. The effective support that the IAF was able to render the Army during these operations was in no small measure due to his determination, initiative and drive in planning and coordinating the offensive to success.

Unit : 1 Wing
Reference : Gazette of India, Notification No. ??/-Press, dated 8th December 1951
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalHrushikesh Moolgavkar1644 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1975Announced 26 Jan 1975
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
15 Jan 1945Spitfire VcMA364Flt Lt Hrushikesh Moolgavkar
4engine failed onTO from beach strip, landed wheels