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Air Marshal Maurice Barker

Service No 1691 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 29 Sep 1920
Date Commissioned 11 Mar 1941 Course 7 Course
Service End Retired on 22 Sep 1976
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 11 Dec 1942Sqn Ldr : 15 Aug 1948Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1952Acting Gp Capt : 06 May 1957
Acting Air Cmde : 12 Jan 1963Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1965Acting AVM : 01 Apr 1968AVM : 01 Oct 1968
Acting Air Marshal : 26 Jun 1972Air Marshal : 16 Jan 1973C-in-C : 01 Apr 1971
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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

02 Feb 1942 - 21 Oct 1942Plt OffrNo. 4 Flight (Coastal Defence)Dum Dum 
02 Mar 1943 - Plt OffrNo. 1 Armament Training UnitBairagarh 
15 Sep 1943 - Fg OffrNo. 2 Squadron, RIAF 
23 Feb 1944 - 15 Aug 1945Fg OffrNo. 6 Squadron, RIAF Fm 4Sqn to IATC Mysore
10 Mar 1946 - 06 May 1947Flt LtNo. 7 Squadron, RIAF Adjt Fm IATC to 4Sqn as CO
01 Jul 1947 - 31 Jul 1947Sqn LdrNo. 4 Squadron, RIAFMiho CO
01 Aug 1947 - 01 Aug 1948Sqn LdrNo.4 SquadronKanpur CO
16 Mar 1950 - 16 Aug 1951Wg Cdr8 WingAdampur Stn Cdr
25 Jul 1950 - 06 Oct 1952Wg CdrNo. 3 Air Force AcademyCoimbatore CO
- Gp Capt3 WingPalam (Delhi) Stn Cdr
- Gp Capt5 WingKalaikunda CO
01 Jan 1967 - Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore SASO
- 31 Mar 1971AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi SASO
01 Apr 1971 - 31 Mar 1973AVMCentral Air CommandAllahabad AOC-in-C
01 Apr 1973 - 21 Apr 1976Air MshlEastern Air CommandShillong AOC-in-C
27 Apr 1976 - 22 Sep 1976Air MshlTraining CommandBangalore AOC-in-C
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMMaurice Barker1691 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : AIR VICE MARSHAL MAURICE BARKER (1691) F (P) : During the recent Indo-Pakistan war, Air Vice Marshal Barker's Command [Central Air Command] was responsible for all bomber, transport and maritime operations. Despite having been in the Command for a relatively short period of time. Air Vice Marshal Barker was able to organise his forces and control them most effectively. Under his guidance) the bomber force kept up a continuous series of attacks by night on strategic targets deep in enemy territory, both in East and West Pakistan. Later, with the neutralisation of the Pakistan Air Force in the East) his bombers played an important role in supporting our land forces by day in that area. The bombers were also used to very good effect against targets in support of the Army along the Western border. On the transport side, Air Vice Marshal Barker collaborated with Eastern Air Command to enable the latter to launch a very successful airborne operation in East Pakistan. The speed and efficiency with which the operation was mounted, and the good results achieved by it, testify to the high quality of planning and staff work that was put into it by Air Vice Marshal Barker and his staff. Likewise, valuable air support was given by the units under his control to the Navy in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. In. undertaking the numerous and vital tasks of his Command, Air Vice Marshal Barker displayed a ready understanding of operational plans and problems, and organising ability and determination in dealing with them. His tact and personal leadership contributed much to the success of his Command's operations. He rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
Unit : CAC
Reference : Indian Armed Forces Year Book 1972