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Air Commodore Anthony Frank Gama

Service No & Branch 3068 F(P)
Date of Birth: 11 Oct 1920 Commissioned: 15 Jan 1945 Course: 29 Course
Service End: Retired on 10 Oct 1972 Died on 18 Sep 2008 (88 Years age)
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Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1964Acting Gp Capt : 28 Feb 1966Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1968Acting Air Cmde : 31 Jul 1970
Air Cmde : 08 Apr 1972
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

24 Oct 1945 - 12 Jun 1946Plt OffrNo.3 SquadronRisalpur Squadron Pilot Fm 151OTU
13 Jun 1946 - 30 Nov 1946Plt OffrNo.9 Squadron Squadron Pilot To 355MU
01 May 1947 - 22 Jul 1947Fg OffrNo.9 Squadron Squadron Pilot
23 Jul 1947 - Fg OffrNo.3 SquadronRisalpur 
25 Jun 1962 - 27 Feb 1966Wg CdrAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
28 Feb 1966 - 30 Apr 1969Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Flight Safety)
17 Sep 1973 - Air CmdeCivil Aviation DeptDelhi Flying Examiner
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrAnthony Frank Gama3068 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1963
Details :

As a Squadron Leader, Wing Commander Anthony Frank Gama commanded a Transport Squadron engaged in air transport operations over NEFA and NHTA from September 1959 to July 1962. In about a year and a half he carried out more than 1000 hours of flying on supply dropping missions and transport operations. He showed professional skill and organizing ability of a high order.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963

Additional Notes

Remarks: Obituary Note added: 2008-09-19
Anthony "Frank" Gama, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away Thursday September 18, 2008. He was born October 11, 1920 in Goa, India, the son of Manuel A. Gama and Inez Pais Gama. Frank retired from the Indian Air Force following 30 years of distinguished service as a pilot, and he attained the rank of Air Commodore. He loved horse racing, the NY Yankees, playing tennis and cricket, and was dedicated to his raising his family and his dogs Jager and Kelly. Frank enjoyed his membership at St. Luke's Catholic Church. Surviving are his loving wife of 54 years, Ruth Arratoon Gama; his daughters Brenda Kumar (Virinder), and Debra Butler; his son Keith Gama (Rosemary); also his grandchildren, Biren, Rahul, Bobby, Justin, and Sara; also 4 great grandchildren, and his siblings Edna and Michael Gama.

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