Air Vice Marshal Bandi Sreeramulu Krishnarao was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in October, 1941. Early in his career, he qualified as a flying instructor and subsequently rose to become the Chief Instructor in the principal flying training institution of the Air Force. A large number of pilots serving in the Air Force were trained by him personally or under his supervision. He saw service in a fighter squadron and successfully commanded a Technical Training Unit and a major Air Force flying base. He served with distinction as the Air Attach ear our Embassy in the USSR for nearly three years.
Before taking over his appointment as Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations), he served as Senior Air Staff Officer of an Operational Command Headquarters for over three years. Under his guidance, the flying potential of the Command and its preparedness to undertake the tasks allotted to it grew considerably. He inspired the staff of the Command Headquarters and the units by his indefatigable efforts, single mindedness in pursuing his objectives, and his devotion to duty.
Throughout, Air Vice Marshal Krishnarao has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.