|Date of Birth:||30 Sep 1923|
|Date Commissioned||21 Dec 1942||Course||15 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 30 Sep 1979|
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|14 Jun 1943 - 07 Jul 1944||Plt Offr||No.22 Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation Unit||Drigh Road||to 151OTU|
|14 Dec 1944 - 15 Aug 1947||Plt Offr||No.1 Squadron, RIAF||Imphal|
|03 Jul 1950 - 26 Aug 1950||Sqn Ldr||No.10 Squadron||Palam||Commanding Officer|
|20 Feb 1951 - 01 Sep 1953||Sqn Ldr||No.7 Squadron||Palam||Commanding Officer|
|21 Nov 1962 - 05 Jan 1966||Gp Capt||9 Wing||Halwara||Station Commander|
|15 Jan 1969 - 14 Aug 1970||Air Cmde||7 Wing||Ambala||Air Officer Commanding|
|03 Jan 1973 - 20 Jan 1974||AVM||National Defence College||Delhi||Senior Directing Staff (Air)|
|01 Jul 1974 - 29 Feb 1976||AVM||Training Command||Bangalore||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
|01 Mar 1976 - 31 Jan 1977||Air Mshl||Central Air Command||Allahabad||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
|01 Feb 1977 - 19 Feb 1979||Air Mshl||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Air Officer-in-Charge Administration|
|20 Feb 1979 - 30 Sep 1979||Air Mshl||Training Command||Bangalore||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
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|Param Vishist Seva Medal|
|Gp Capt||George Kanishtkumar John||2132 GD(P)||Award Date 10 Nov 1965||Announced 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|