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Air Commodore Solomon Purushottam

Service No 1928 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 16 Dec 1921
Date Commissioned 29 Jun 1942 Course 13 Course
Service End Retired on 15 Dec 1973
Remarks : DoE to be verified
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 29 Jun 1943Sqn Ldr : 01 Aug 1950Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1959Acting Gp Capt : 14 Aug 1962
Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1964Acting Air Cmde : 06 Nov 1966Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1968
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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
17 Mar 1943 - Plt OffrNo.1 Elementary Flying Training SchoolBegumpet 
06 May 1944 - 12 Oct 1945Fg OffrNo.7 Squadron, RIAF to 9Sqn
01 Oct 1945 - 06 May 1946Fg OffrNo.9 Squadron, RIAF To IATC
19 Mar 1954 - 03 Nov 1957Wg CdrNo.11 SquadronBarrackpore Commanding Officer
07 Nov 1962 - Gp Capt18 WingPathankot Station Commander
- Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Eastern Air CommandCalcutta Air Officer Commanding
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeSolomon Purushottam1928 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Air Commodore Solomon Purshotham was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) of the Indian Air Force in June, 1942. During his long service, he has held a variety of important flying and staff appointments.

Air Commodore Purshotham was responzsible for the peace time training of forces under his command. In December, 1971, at the time of Indo-Pakistan conflict, he was the Air Officer Commanding Eastern Air Command Advanced Headquarters, which operates alongside the Headquarters Eastern Army Command. He was this responsible for joint planning and execution of ArmyAir operations in the Eastern Sector. Under his leadership, good rapport was established between the Army and the Air Force. The support provided by the Air Force effectively disrupted the enemy's lines of communications, isolating his forward troops. Enemy ammunition and fuel dumps were also blown up and many of his Headquarters locations were destroyed.

Air Commodore Solomon Purshotham made a significant contribution toward the final victory of our forces in Bangla Desh.

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Reference : GoI19720126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
17 Mar 1943Tigermoth DH82VT-AGRPlt Offr Purushottam
1EFTSWhile flying low at Medchal VT-AGR struck two pede