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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 :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 30 May 1942Acting Flt Lt : 01 Apr 1944Sqn Ldr : 15 Aug 1948Wg Cdr : 01 Mar 1951
Acting Gp Capt : 17 May 1952Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1955Acting Air Cmde : 12 Jun 1962Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1964
Acting AVM : 25 Jan 1967AVM : 01 Apr 1968Acting Air Marshal : 01 Apr 1971Air Marshal : 26 Jun 1972
C-in-C : 29 Mar 1968Air Chief Marshal : 01 Feb 1976
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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
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 Commanding Officer
09 May 1947 - 21 Feb 1948Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronChakeri Commanding Officer
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 Station Commander
22 Apr 1949 - 13 Jun 1950Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Supy
16 Mar 1950 - 08 Aug 1951Wg Cdr9 WingHalwara Station Commander
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 Director (Ops)
30 Sep 1954 - 15 Jun 1958Gp Capt3 WingPalam (Delhi) Station Commander
16 Jun 1958 - 21 Feb 1959Air CmdeOperational Command (WAC)Delhi Air-I
22 Feb 1959 - 11 Jun 1962Air CmdeHigh Commission of India, United KingdomLondon Air Advisor
12 Jun 1962 - 09 Jun 1963Air CmdeOperational Command (WAC)Delhi Senior Air Staff Officer
10 Jun 1963 - 19 Jun 1963Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
20 Jun 1963 - 28 Dec 1964Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer in-charge Policy and Plans
29 Dec 1964 - 24 Jan 1967Air CmdeMaintenance CommandNagpur Senior Air & Administration Staff Officer
25 Jan 1967 - 28 Mar 1968AVMWestern IndiaPune Air Officer Commanding
29 Mar 1968 - 31 Mar 1971AVMCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Apr 1971 - 30 Mar 1973Air MshlNational Defence CollegeDelhi Commandant
01 Apr 1973 - 31 Jan 1976Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Feb 1976 - 31 Aug 1978Air Chf MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Chief of Air Staff
 
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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 :

Air Marshal Hrushikesh Moolgavkar was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in November, 1940. During World War II, he served with two Fighter Squadrons and saw action on the Burma Front. Soon after the Pakistani Aggression in J & K in 1947 he took over command of the Operational Wing at a forward base. He planned and directed the Air Operations and personally led a number of operational missions against the enemy with outstanding success. For his acts of gallantry during these operations, he was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra. Air Marshal Moolgavkar has held with distinction important appointments of Air Adviser to our High Commission in the United Kingdom, Senior Staff Officer at Western Air Command, Director of Policy and Plans at Air Headquarters, Air Officer-in-Charge Western India, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Central Air Command and Commandant, National Defence College. In all these assignments, he has displayed outstanding qualities of leadership and dedication and has set high standards in raising the operational efficiency in the Service. At National Defence College he introduced many developments in the teaching curriculum and studies to give this institution the prestige and honour that it enjoys today.

In April, 1973, Air Marshal Moolgavkar took over as Air Officer Commanding-inChief, Western Air Command, and by his untiring efforts brought about improvements in combat efficiency of the units and stations placed under his Command. His sense of dedication and involvement has been a source of inspiration to all his commanders. It was during his tenure as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, that the Western Air Command produced spectacular results in the field of Flight Safety. In most of his assignments, Air Marshal Moolgavkar had to undertake pioneering work either in establishing new organisations intimately connected with the operational role of the Air Force or in bringing about improvements in the conduct of operations in a new theatre of responsibility.

Throughout, Air Marshal Moolgavkar rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit : WAC
Reference : GoI19750126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

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