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Air Marshal Devaiah Subia

Service No 1866 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 06 Mar 1924
Date Commissioned 05 Apr 1942 Course 12 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Jul 1978
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 05 Apr 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 15 Feb 1950Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1955
Acting Gp Capt : 15 Jun 1960Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1963Acting Air Cmde : 25 Sep 1965Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1967
Acting AVM : 10 Jun 1971AVM : 01 Apr 1972Acting Air Marshal : 27 Jun 1974Air Marshal : 11 Jul 1974
C-in-C : 20 May 1977
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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

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
03 Sep 1944 - 07 Dec 1944Fg OffrNo.9 Squadron, RIAF Fm UK 1AGS To 8Sqn
11 Dec 1944 - 04 Feb 1946Fg OffrNo.8 Squadron, RIAFAmarda Road Fm 9Sqn to 4Sqn
04 Feb 1946 - Fg OffrNo.4 Squadron, RIAFYelahanka Fm 8Sqn
22 Jul 1949 - 16 Dec 1949Sqn LdrNo.7 SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
- 01 Dec 1961Gp Capt5 WingKalaikunda Commanding Officer
28 Sep 1962 - 19 Jun 1963Gp CaptAFS HyderabadSecunderabad Station Commander
24 Jun 1963 - 06 Oct 1964Gp CaptNo 1. Jet Training WingHakimpet Commanding Officer
01 Apr 1971 - 30 Oct 1972AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Nov 1972 - 26 Jun 1974AVMNo 1 Operational GroupJodhpur Air Officer Commanding
27 Jun 1974 - 19 May 1977Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
20 May 1977 - 31 Jul 1978Air MshlMaintenance CommandNagpur Air Officer Commanding in Chief
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrDevaiah Subia1866 GD(P)Award Date 20 Sep 1948Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Squadron Leader (Now Group Captain) Daviah Subia (1866) always showed great courage and fortitude whilst operating over the Jammu and Kashmir area. By example and excellent leadership, he inspired all his Squadron Pilots. All his sorties were marked fro pressing home the attack, despite all odds.

He flew over 70 sorties in a period of a month and a half, often operating under adverse conditions and from difficult airfields. It was partly due to this officer’s courageous and relentless attacks that the resistance of the enemy at Gurais broke down. The excellent air operations conducted by this officer largely contributed towards the successful capture of Gurais eventually by our land forces.

He proved himself to be an extremely capable leader and was thus a source of encouragement and inspiration to all his Squadron pilots.

For the outstanding services rendered by him during the Kashmir Operation, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Unit : 10 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , Extraordinary, No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMDevaiah Subia1866 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : AIR VICE MARSHAL DEVIAH SUBIA, Vr. C: Air Vice Marshal Subia took over his appointment [SASO, WAC HQ] only a few months prior to the outbreak of hostilities. He made a thorough study of the requirements of air operations in the Western Sector, paying full attention to the minutest detail of each aspect of air operations. He personally studied and analysed all operational procedure and ensured that there was no ambiguity in these instructions and that they were fully understood by all concerned. He worked for long hours to ensure that Squadrons/ Units were deployed as planned with maximum economy of effort and minimum inconvenience to the personnel involved. He planned the moves in such a manner that at all stages the Squadrons retained their full operational capability to counter- act any pre-emptive strike by the enemy. He displayed remarkable organising ability in establishing within a very short period, a chain of observation posts around our forward airfields for reporting low flying aircraft. Throughout the period of hostilities, he carefully co-ordinated all aspects of operations, especially the strike missions at night. These operations involved strike forces from another Command. It was primarily due to his careful planning and foresight that all missions were successfully completed without any mishaps. His cheerful disposition and self- confidence were inspiration to his staff at the Headquarters and to Commanders in the field. Through out his career, in peace and in war, Air Vice Marshal Subia rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
Unit : WAC
Reference : GoI19720126