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Squadron Leader Kenneth Merals David

Service No 1863 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 09 Mar 1923
Date Commissioned 05 Apr 1942 Course 12 Course
Service End Died in Service 28 Apr 1950
Remarks : k ferrying Tempest of 3 Sqn
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
04 Feb 1943 - 30 May 1943Act Plt OffrNo.22 Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation UnitDrigh Road Fm ATU Bairagarh To Overseas
26 Jun 1945 - 11 Jun 1946Fg OffrNo.3 Squadron, RIAFSt Thomas Mt Fm 10Sqn to IATC
12 Feb 1949 - 28 Apr 1950Sqn LdrNo.3 SquadronPune CO
 
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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
1SFTS tax into K8319 Ambala 14-5-42 , Uc Collapse in H
28 Apr 1950Tempest IISqn Ldr K M David VrC*
3Cr ferrying a snagged aircraft to Pune