|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|
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|15 Jan 1947 - 26 May 1947||No.6 Squadron, RIAF||to 10 Sqn|
|01 Dec 1941 - 04 Oct 1943||Plt Offr||No.1 Squadron, RIAF||Peshawar||To Bhopal|
|25 Apr 1944 - 15 Jan 1945||Fg Offr||No.4 Squadron, RIAF||Feni||Injured in Crash|
|16 Jul 1945 - 25 Nov 1946||Flt Lt||No.10 Squadron, RIAF||To UK, and AirHQ India|
|16 Jan 1947 - 30 Apr 1947||Sqn Ldr||No.6 Squadron||Kohat||Commanding Officer|
|09 May 1947 - 21 Feb 1948||Sqn Ldr||No.10 Squadron||Chakeri||Commanding Officer|
|02 Jun 1947 -||Sqn Ldr||No.10 Squadron, RIAF||Fm 6Sqn|
|05 Apr 1948 - 14 Sep 1948||Wg Cdr||RIAF Depot||Staff Course|
|15 Sep 1948 - 21 Apr 1949||Wg Cdr||1 Wing||Srinagar||Station Commander|
|22 Apr 1949 - 13 Jun 1950||Wg Cdr||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Supy|
|16 Mar 1950 - 08 Aug 1951||Wg Cdr||9 Wing||Halwara||Station Commander|
|14 Jun 1950 - 03 Jul 1950||Wg Cdr||No.7 Squadron||Conversion|
|04 Jul 1950 - 19 Oct 1950||Wg Cdr||UK||Fighter Leader Course|
|20 Oct 1950 - 29 Sep 1954||Gp Capt||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Director (Ops)|
|30 Sep 1954 - 15 Jun 1958||Gp Capt||3 Wing||Palam (Delhi)||Station Commander|
|16 Jun 1958 - 21 Feb 1959||Air Cmde||Operational Command (WAC)||Delhi||Air-I|
|22 Feb 1959 - 11 Jun 1962||Air Cmde||High Commission of India, United Kingdom||London||Air Advisor|
|12 Jun 1962 - 09 Jun 1963||Air Cmde||Operational Command (WAC)||Delhi||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|10 Jun 1963 - 19 Jun 1963||Air Cmde||Western Air Command||Delhi||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|20 Jun 1963 - 28 Dec 1964||Air Cmde||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Air Officer in-charge Policy and Plans|
|29 Dec 1964 - 24 Jan 1967||Air Cmde||Maintenance Command||Nagpur||Senior Air & Administration Staff Officer|
|25 Jan 1967 - 28 Mar 1968||AVM||Western India||Pune||Air Officer Commanding|
|29 Mar 1968 - 31 Mar 1971||AVM||Central Air Command||Allahabad||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
|01 Apr 1971 - 30 Mar 1973||Air Mshl||National Defence College||Delhi||Commandant|
|01 Apr 1973 - 31 Jan 1976||Air Mshl||Western Air Command||Delhi||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
|01 Feb 1976 - 31 Aug 1978||Air Chf Mshl||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Chief of Air Staff|
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|Maha Vir Chakra|
|Wg Cdr||Hrushikesh Moolgavkar||1644 GD(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1950||Announced 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 Marshal||Hrushikesh Moolgavkar||1644 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1975||Announced 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|
|Date||Aircraft Type||Tail No||Pilot/Crew||Unit||Remarks|
|15 Jan 1945||Spitfire Vc||MA364||Flt Lt Hrushikesh Moolgavkar||4||engine failed onTO from beach strip, landed wheels|