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Air Vice Marshal Charandas Gurudas Devashar

Service No 1867 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 19 Jun 1924
Date Commissioned 05 Apr 1942 Course 12 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Mar 1976
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 05 Apr 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 15 Feb 1950Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1955
Acting Gp Capt : 20 Jun 1960Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1963Acting Air Cmde : 27 Dec 1965Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1967
Acting AVM : 12 Oct 1970AVM : 01 Apr 1972
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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

03 Feb 1943 - Plt OffrNo. 1 Armament Training UnitBairagarh 
03 Sep 1944 - 30 Aug 1945Fg OffrNo. 9 Squadron, RIAF Fm UK 1AGS To 4Sqn
18 Jan 1946 - 12 Jul 1946Fg OffrNo. 4 Squadron, RIAFYelahanka To 8Sqn
16 Sep 1946 - Flt LtNo. 8 Squadron, RIAFKolar 
10 May 1949 - 03 Jul 1950Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronPalam CO
09 Aug 1953 - 14 Apr 1957Wg CdrConversion Training UnitHakimpet CI
25 Jul 1962 - 07 Jan 1965Gp Capt7 WingAmbala CO
- AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi ACAS (Ops)
- 01 Dec 1971AVMEastern Air CommandShillong SASO
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMCharandas Gurudas Devashar1867 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1968Announced 26 Jan 1968
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India : No.21 - Pres/68 dated 26th January 1968
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMCharandas Gurudas Devashar1867 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : AIR VICE MARSHAL CHARANDAS GURUDAS DEVASHER, (1867) F (P) : Air Vice Marshal Devasher took over his appointment [SASO, EAC HQ] at a time when the Command itself was undergoing a process of reorganisation and the relations with Pakistan were becoming strained. He was responsible for reformulating the Command's war plans, making them bold in concept, yet simple to execute. These plans were put into action on the morning of 4th, December 1971 when our Armed Force went into action to liberate Bangia Desh. So effective were the plans that, within a few hours, the Indian Air Force had achieved total supremacy in the skies of Bangia Desh. During the period of the war in Bangia Desh) from 4th to 16th December, 1971, he controlled and co-ordinated all air activity in that sector, including para, transport and helicopter operations. The success of these opera- tions owed much to his aggressive spirit, knowledge of the use of air .power and ability to change tactics to suit the situation. On the night of 11th December, 1971, on receipt of an intercepted enemy message, he concluded that the Pakistanis had been able to build an emergency air strip in the neighbourhood of Dacca, and would attempt to land transport aircraft on it. Accordingly, he ordered night patrols by fighter aircraft over Dacca. As deduced by him, an emergency air strip was spotted at Narsingdi and put out of action, thus preventing the clandestine entry and exit of war material and personnel from Bangia Desh by air. Through- out his career in the Air Force, and especially during the recent war with Pakistan, Air Vice Marshal Devasher rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
Unit : EAC
Reference : Indian Armed Forces Year Book 1972

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
10 Jun 1942Audax (India)K7484Plt Offr C G Devasher
1SFTSOverturned in FL in bad weather on navex 13m SW of