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Air Marshal Gian Dev Sharma

Service No 1742 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 10 Nov 1941 Course 9 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Nov 1978
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 05 Apr 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 01 Apr 1950Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1958
Acting Gp Capt : 15 Jun 1962Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1964Acting Air Cmde : 13 Aug 1966Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1968
Acting AVM : 06 Mar 1972AVM : 12 Jan 1973Air Marshal : 12 Jan 1975C-in-C : 09 Apr 1973
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Gp Capt
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

13 Dec 1945 - 20 Jul 1946Fg OffrNo.10 Squadron, RIAF to IATC Benares
01 Jul 1946 - 30 Nov 1946Flt LtNo.1 Squadron, RIAFYelahanka Adjt, inj in Cr Fm 57SSB To AirHQ
01 Jul 1958 - 15 Apr 1960Wg CdrNo.12 SquadronAgra Commanding Officer
15 Jun 1962 - 15 Dec 1963Gp CaptAir Force Administrative CollegeCoimbatore Commandant
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops, Trans & Ma
- 01 Dec 1972AVMMaritime Air OperationsBombay Air Officer Commanding
09 Apr 1973 - 30 Jun 1974AVMTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Jul 1974 - 31 Jan 1977Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Administration
01 Feb 1977 - 31 Dec 1978Air MshlCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeGian Dev Sharma1742 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Air Commodore Gian Dev Sharma (1742) was commissioned in Flying (Pilot) of the Indian Air Force in November 1941. During his long service, he has held a variety of important flying and staff appointments. In all these appointments, he has left a mark of his personal efficiency and devotion to service. At present, he is holding the appointment of Director of Operations (Transport and Maritime) at Air Headquarters.

In his present appointment, Air Commodore Sharma is responsible for planning and executing the transport and maritime operations in the IAF. In the recent conflict with Pakistan, he was called upon to plan the entire transport operations including the historic airborne operations in the Eastern Sector. Maritime operational plans had also been drawn up for the efficient conduct of the war. All this had to be done with speed and determination. Air Commodore Sharma worked with zeal and selfless devotion to duty, with complete disregard for personal comforts, and organized the transport and maritime operations so effectively that the true strength and the power of the Indian Air Force could be felt in battle.

Air Commodore Gian Dev Sharma has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19720126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalGian Dev Sharma1742 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1977Announced 26 Jan 1977
Details : Citation not available.
Unit :
Reference : GoI19770126