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Squadron Leader Kenneth Merals David

Service No & Branch 1863 GD(P) (Orig: GD(O))
Date of Birth: 09 Mar 1923 Commissioned: 05 Apr 1942 Course: 8 OBS Course
Service End: Died in Service 28 Apr 1950 (27 Years age) Aircraft Loss Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Plt Offr : 05 Oct 1942Fg Offr : 05 Apr 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 15 Feb 1950
Badges Qualified
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Plt Offr
Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

04 Feb 1943 - 30 May 1943Acting Plt OffrNo.22 Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation UnitDrigh Road Fm ATU Bairagarh To Overseas
24 May 1944 - 25 Jun 1945Fg OffrNo.10 Squadron Squadron Pilot
26 Jun 1945 - 11 Jun 1946Fg OffrNo.3 SquadronSt Thomas Mt Squadron Pilot
12 Jun 1946 - Fg OffrIATC 
12 Feb 1949 - 28 Apr 1950Sqn LdrNo.3 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrKenneth Merals David1863 GD(P)Award Date 18 Sep 1948Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Squadron Leader Kenneth Merals David (1836) GD(P) flew well over 100 hours in the Jammu and Kashmir Operations and throughout displayed supreme courage by attacking enemy targets with utter disregard for his personal safety. He carried out may attacks over Kishenganga Bridge which was heavily guarded by the enemy. By his good flying and precision bombing he damaged the bridge more than once, thus temporarily paralyzing the enemy supply lines.He led his Squadron at every possible opportunity and set a good example to the Pilots of his Squadron.

For the valuable services rendered by him during the Jammu and Kashmir Operations, he was awarded the Vir Chakra.

Unit : 8 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , Extraordinary, No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
06 Jun 1942Audax (India)K5589Plt Offr K M David
1SFTStax into K8319 Ambal
28 Apr 1950Tempest IISqn Ldr Kenneth Merals David +
3 SqnCr ferrying a snagge
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