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Air Commodore Walter Joseph Fernandes

Service No & Branch 2713 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 01 Jul 1922 Commissioned: 08 Nov 1943 Course: 19 Course
Service End: Retired on 29 May 1976 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Plt Offr : 08 Aug 1944Fg Offr : 08 Feb 1945Flt Lt : 08 Feb 1949Sqn Ldr : 01 May 1955
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1963Acting Gp Capt : 07 May 1965Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1967Acting Air Cmde : 15 Jun 1970
Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1971
Training and Other Courses Attended
11 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 23 Aug 1958
Badges Qualified
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

07 Oct 1944 - 30 Jun 1946Plt OffrNo.2 SquadronKalyan Sqn Pliot Fm 151OTU To UK EFS
01 Jun 1946 - 01 Oct 1946Fg OffrNo2 EFSCranwell,U.K. FIS Course
01 Jun 1951 - 01 Dec 1951Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolAmbala Instructor Trainee
01 Jan 1953 - 01 Dec 1953Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolAmbala Flying Instructor
05 Oct 1953 - 16 May 1957Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolAmbala/ Tambaram Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1958 - 31 Dec 1958Sqn LdrTraining CommandBangalore Command Flying Training Officer
01 Jan 1959 - 31 Dec 1960Wg Cdr5 WingKalaikunda Officer in Charge Flying
01 Jan 1961 - 31 Dec 1964Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
01 Jan 1965 - 31 Dec 1966Gp CaptShillong Commanding Officer
07 May 1965 - 21 Apr 1967Gp Capt509 Signal UnitLaitkor Peak Station Commander
11 Jan 1967 - 28 Jan 1970Gp Capt2 Air Force Selection BoardMysore President
01 Jan 1970 - 31 Dec 1970Gp CaptUS Navy P G SchoolMonterey,CA,USA Course in Sytems Evaluati
01 Jan 1971 - 29 May 1976Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (System Evaluation)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeWalter Joseph Fernandes2713 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1975Announced 26 Jan 1975
Details :

Air Commodore Walter Joseph Fernandes was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in November, 1943. After completing a tour of operational flying in Burma, he became a flying instructor. He holds the highest flying instructor's category and has held many staff and command appointments with distinction. He has been the Director of Systems Evaluation in Air Headquarters since early 1970. He has been responsible for the success of the Directorate and its contribution to increased effectiveness, economy and efficiency in various spheres of Air Force activity. He has also been responsible for a large number of studies ranging from the evaluation of Air Force effort during Indo-Pak Conflict, 1971, the optimum constitution of a Fighter Squadron the optimisation of resources at flying wings and the rationalisation of organisation and establishments at Air Headquarters and the Commands. These studies have generated a systems approach in the Air Force and led to significant savings in manpower, material and other resources and to an increase in the operational potential of units. As a pioneer flying instructor and Officer Commanding of Flying Instructors School, he was instrumental in the implementation and success of the categorisation scheme which is the basic foundation of the high standards of flying instruction. At operational stations, he ensured very high level of operational efficiency of Squadrons and Signals Units.

Air Commodore Walter Joseph Fernandes has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19750126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
15 Aug 1944Hurricane IIBHL995Plt Offr W J Fernandez
151OTUFL 2 miles E of Risa
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