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Group Captain Michael Patrick Owen Blake

Service No 2630 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 20 Mar 1923
Date Commissioned 27 Sep 1943 Course 18 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Jun 1966
Remarks : 8Sqn (48) CFI ATW (61) Air 1 EAC (65)
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 27 Sep 1944Sqn Ldr : 01 Oct 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1962Acting Gp Capt : 15 Jan 1964
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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

30 Aug 1944 - Fg OffrNo.3 Squadron, RIAFKohat 
01 Sep 1953 - 20 Oct 1956Sqn LdrNo.7 SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
- 01 Dec 1960Wg CdrArmament Training WingJamnagar Chief Instructor
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Flt LtMichael Patrick Owen Blake2630 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Flight Lieutenant (Now Wing Commander) Michael Patrick Owen Blake (2630) set a high standard of flying in Jammu and Kashmir Operations as a Flight Commander. Being the first to volunteer for operations in Kashmir, he led the first attack in SKARDU area, flying over difficult and dangerous country.

The officer rendered valuable service in the defence of Poonch. He during critical days in Poonch, gave support to our besieged garrison there and was often responsible for neutralizing enemy strongholds in that vicinity. In almost all of these attacks, he achieved results by pressing home the attacks on the enemy at great personal risks. By his fine example he inspired confidence in other pilots of the Squadron.

For his outstanding leadership as a Flight Commander in Jammu and Kashmir Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Unit : 8 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , Extraordinary, No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
14 Aug 1944Hurricane IIPlt Offr Michael Blake
42RAFCr L near Tamu after Glycol leak and engine failur