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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
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1963Acting Air Cmde : 15 Jun 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
07 Oct 1944 - 30 Jun 1946Plt OffrNo.2 Squadron, RIAFKalyan 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 
01 Jan 1955 - 01 Dec 1956Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram CO
01 Jan 1957 - 31 Dec 1957Sqn LdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Staff course
01 Jan 1958 - 31 Dec 1958Sqn LdrTraining CommandBangalore Command Flying Training o
01 Jan 1959 - 31 Dec 1960Wg Cdr5 WingKalaikunda OC Flying
01 Jan 1961 - 31 Dec 1964Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing staff (Air)
01 Jan 1965 - 31 Dec 1966Gp CaptShillong CO
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 - 01 Jan 1976Air CmdeAir Head QuartersNew Delhi Director,Systems Evaluati
 
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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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