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Air Commodore Walter Vernon Alexander Lloyd

Service No 2623 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 17 Jul 1924
Date Commissioned 27 Sep 1943 Course 18 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Sep 1974
Remarks : D: 1978
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 27 Sep 1944Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 01 Oct 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1962
Acting Gp Capt : 10 Jun 1964Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1966Acting Air Cmde : 02 Jan 1969Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1970
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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
29 Oct 1944 - 16 Nov 1944Plt OffrNo.4 Squadron, RIAFCox Bazar To 3Sqn
22 Dec 1944 - Plt OffrNo.1 Squadron, RIAFImphal 
24 Nov 1944 - 11 Dec 1944Fg OffrNo.3 Squadron, RIAFKohat Fm 4Sqn to 1Sqn
13 Mar 1945 - Fg OffrNo.3 Squadron, RIAF 
01 Jul 1945 - Fg OffrNo.2 Squadron, RIAFQuetta Fm 3Sqn
28 Jun 1946 - Fg OffrNo.7 Squadron, RIAF Fm 2Sqn
10 Aug 1965 - 03 Jan 1968Gp Capt8 WingAdampur Station Commander
02 Aug 1971 - 09 Jan 1974Air Cmde7 WingAmbala Air Officer Commanding
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptWalter Vernon Alexander Lloyd2623 GD(P)Award Date 10 Nov 1965Announced 10 Nov 1965
Details :

By the time Group Captain Walter Vernon Alexander Lloyd was appointed Officer Commanding of an operational Wing in Punjab, trouble from the infiltrators had already erupted in the Jammu and Kashmir area. Aware of the imminence of a full-fledged war, Gp. Capt. Lloyd immediately set about making preparations for it. In the limited time available he instituted passive air defence measures and spurred his officers and men to greater effort towards improving the serviceability of aircraft and operational preparedness of the unit. As a result his Station was ready to meet the challenge when Pakistan entered the arena openly as an aggressor.

One of the front line wings which menaced Pakistani activity in the area of Sialkot and Lahore, Gp. Capt. Lloyd's Wing was subjected to continuous nigh bombing raids and the enemy paratroopers' forage, work on the aircraft and airfield went on with unabated vigour. An index of the unflagging zeal of the air and ground crew and of the courage and fortitude is the steadily increasing number of sorties the Station was able to mount. There were 29 sorties on the 7th September, the day following the first Pakistani night raid, 74 on 11th and 77 on the 22nd September, 1965.

Although Gp. Capt. Lloyd had been in Command only a few days before the declaration of hostilities, he imbued, by personal example everyone in his Station with courage, determination, confidence in the justness of our cause and a sense of selflessness and purpose.

Unit : AFS Adampur
Reference : GoI19651110

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
13 Jun 1946Spitfire VIIIcMB971Fg Offr W V A Lloyd
2ferry from Kohat to Miranshah. uc collapse on land