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Air Commodore Walter Joseph Fernandes

Service No 2713 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 01 Jul 1922
Date Commissioned 08 Nov 1943 Course 19 Course
Service End Retired on 29 May 1976
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 08 Feb 1945Sqn Ldr : 01 May 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1963Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1967
Acting Air Cmde : 15 Jun 1970Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1971
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

07 Oct 1944 - 30 Jun 1946Plt OffrNo. 2 Squadron, RIAFKalyan Fm 151OTU To UK EFS
01 Jan 1955 - 01 Dec 1956Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram CO
11 Jan 1967 - 28 Jan 1970Gp Capt2 Air Force Selection BoardMysore President
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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.
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