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Air Marshal George Kanishtkumar John

Service No 2132 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 30 Sep 1923
Date Commissioned 21 Dec 1942 Course 15 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Sep 1979
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 21 Dec 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 01 Oct 1952Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1960
Acting Gp Capt : 21 Nov 1962Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1965Acting Air Cmde : 29 Mar 1967Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1968
Acting AVM : 01 Nov 1972AVM : 16 Jan 1973Acting Air Marshal : 01 Mar 1976Air Marshal : 01 Apr 1976
C-in-C : 01 Jul 1974
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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

14 Jun 1943 - 07 Jul 1944Plt OffrNo.22 Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation UnitDrigh Road to 151OTU
14 Dec 1944 - 15 Aug 1947Plt OffrNo.1 Squadron, RIAFImphal 
03 Jul 1950 - 26 Aug 1950Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
20 Feb 1951 - 01 Sep 1953Sqn LdrNo.7 SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
21 Nov 1962 - 05 Jan 1966Gp Capt9 WingHalwara Station Commander
15 Jan 1969 - 14 Aug 1970Air Cmde7 WingAmbala Air Officer Commanding
03 Jan 1973 - 20 Jan 1974AVMNational Defence CollegeDelhi Senior Directing Staff (Air)
01 Jul 1974 - 29 Feb 1976AVMTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Mar 1976 - 31 Jan 1977Air MshlCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Feb 1977 - 19 Feb 1979Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Administration
20 Feb 1979 - 30 Sep 1979Air MshlTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptGeorge Kanishtkumar John2132 GD(P)Award Date 10 Nov 1965Announced 10 Nov 1965
Details :

Group Captain George Kanisht Kumar John has been in command of an operational wing since October, 1962. He has shown commendable initiative and ability in inspiring his Squadron personnel to a high degree of combat effectiveness.

During the fighting with Pakistan his Wing, which is one of the front line units in the Punjab, was called upon to undertake offensive operations against the enemy. These comprised fighter sweeps, armed reconnaissance, close support and escort for bomber besides combat air patrols over the airfield itself, all of which were successfully carried out by his units located at his Wing.

On 7th September, 1965, Pakistan Air Force planes raided the airfield for the first time and they continued without any let up during the period of hostilities. Although the number of bombers that came over on each raid was small, the airfield had more than one raid alerts on most of the nights. Added to the nuisance of the air raids, which imposed numerous interruptions on the servicing activity, was the harassment of the Pakistani snipers who had been para dropped near the airfield on the nights of 7th and 9th September with the specific aim of breaking into and carrying out sabotage to our aircraft and installations. His ground defence measures foiled the enemy plans. Work on the unit went on with undiminished vigour, enemy interference notwithstanding. Unserviceable and damaged aircraft were serviced during the night and aircraft flown on offensive missions the next morning. Credit for the unceasing activity in the Station in spite of continued air raids in a large measure, due to the personal example of a very high sense of duty, steadfastness of purpose and leadership set by Group Captain John.

Unit : AFS Halwara
Reference : GoI19651110