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Air Vice Marshal Prasanta Chitta Santra

Service No 2839 Branch LGS
Date of Birth: 23 Feb 1920
Date Commissioned 11 Feb 1944 Course
Service End Retired on 28 Feb 1975
Remarks : Trf from A&SD wef 30 oct 54. Retired Actg AVM, d: 1985
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 11 Feb 1945Flt Lt : 11 Feb 1950Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1963Acting Gp Capt : 22 Jun 1967
Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1967Acting Air Cmde : 05 Mar 1973Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1973Acting AVM : 25 Sep 1973
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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

28 Jul 1961 - 18 Jul 1966Wg Cdr25 Equipment DepotDevlali Station Commander
25 Sep 1973 - 28 Feb 1975AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi ACAS (Logistics and Maint
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMPrasanta Chitta Santra2839 AEMAward Date 26 Jan 1974Announced 26 Jan 1974
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Prasanta Chitta Santra (2809) was commissioned In the Administrative Branch of the Indian Air Force In February, 1944 and was transferred to the Logistics Branch In October, 1954. During his service of over 29 years he has had varied and valuable experience in, the administrative and logistics fields, and has held a variety of responsible appointments.

In his assignment as the Officer Commanding a major Equipment Depot in its formative stages, (then) Group Captain Santra showed outstanding leadership and professional ability in getting and, organising the Depot on sound lines, for which he was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff.

In 1968, Air Vice Marshal Santra was appointed Deputy Director General, Indian Supply Mission, London. In this capacity he was responsible for procurement of supplies for the Defence Services. By his painstaking efforts and tactfulness he developed excellent and cordial relations with various organisations of the United Kingdom and was able to make a positive contribution to the procurement of critically required spares and materials for the Defense Services.

On his return to India In February, 1973 Air Vice Marshal Santra was appointed Director of Maintenance Administration. In September, 1973 he was appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Logistics and Management). In both these appointments he has displayed remarkable acumen for staff work and because of his indefatigable efforts, devotion to duty, foresight and tact, he has been Instrumental in successfully tackling several logistics and management problems,

Throughout his career, Air Vice Marshal Prasanta Chitta Santra has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19740126