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Air Marshal Hemant Ramkrishna Chitnis

Service No 2964 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 19 Feb 1924
Date Commissioned 17 Jul 1944 Course 25 Course
Service End Retired on 19 Feb 1979
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Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 01 Jul 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1964Acting Gp Capt : 12 Jan 1966Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1968
Acting Air Cmde : 01 Jul 1970Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1972Acting AVM : 01 Apr 1976AVM : 01 May 1976
Acting Air Marshal : 01 May 1978Air Marshal : 01 Aug 1978C-in-C : 01 May 1978
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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

15 May 1945 - 22 Jun 1946Plt OffrNo. 10 Squadron, RIAFTrichnopoly Fm 3 RIAF To UK Trg
25 Sep 1958 - 23 Jun 1960Sqn LdrNo.20 SquadronHalwara CO
01 Jan 1969 - 01 Dec 1970Gp Capt28 WingHindon (Ghaziabad) Stn Cdr
05 Jan 1976 - 02 May 1977Air CmdeAir Force AcademyDundigal Cmdt
01 May 1978 - 19 Feb 1979Air MshlTraining CommandBangalore AOC-in-C
22 Feb 1979 - 29 Feb 1980Air MshlMaintenance CommandNagpur AOC-in-C
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptHemant Ramkrishna Chitnis2964 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1969
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Group Captain Hemant Rama Krishna Chitnis was one of the few instructors to qualify from the United Kingdom and to hold an Instructor's appointment in the Flying Instructors' School. He has over 3,500 hours of accident free flying record, of which about half is on instructional flying duties. As a Squadron Commander, he not only ensured conversion of his Squadron to Hunter aircraft, but also made it achieve high operational efficiency in a short time, Subsequently, with praiseworthy initiative, drive and organizing ability, he successfully executed the task of raising a fighter-bomber wing in the Eastern Sector.

Throughout, Group Captain Hemant Rama Krishna Chitnis displayed initiative, organising ability and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

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Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th April 1969 : No.18 - Pres/69 dated 26th January 1969
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeHemant Ramkrishna Chitnis2964 ADMAward Date 26 Jan 1974Announced 26 Jan 1974
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalHemant Ramkrishna Chitnis2964 ADMAward Date 26 Jan 1981Announced 26 Jan 1981
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