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Group Captain Tom Lionel Anderson

Service No 3126 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 29 Sep 1921
Date Commissioned 09 Apr 1945 Course 31 Course
Service End Retired on 28 Oct 1969 / Died on 26 Oct 2013
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 09 Apr 1950Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1964Acting Gp Capt : 10 Aug 1966Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1968
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

04 Apr 1946 - 24 Oct 1946Plt OffrNo.7 Squadron, RIAF Fm 151OTU to 355MU as Plt
01 Nov 1946 - 01 Nov 1946Fg OffrRAF Station KohatKohat To 355MU
01 Feb 1963 - 30 Nov 1965Wg CdrNo.44 SquadronChandigarh Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Shaurya Chakra
Gp CaptTom Lionel Anderson3126 GD(P)Award Date 19 Oct 1956Announced 15 Sep 1958
Details :

During the operations in the Naga Hills in October, 1956, the I. A. F. was assigned the task of dropping supplies in the two zones of Zekwera and Dzulake which were not only extremely small but difficult to approach since flying in the area was full of hazards due to the treacherous air currents at the dropping zones. As the operations could not be put off, Sqn. Ldr. Anderson volunteered to carry out the task. He flew four sorties between 19th and 25th October, 1956 and dropped the necessary supplies. The hazardous task was a trial of both courage and skill. The fact that the dropping zone had to be subsequently abandoned as being too dangerous for airdrops goes to show the extent risk that the officer had accepted and the determination that he displayed.

The gallant act of Sqn. Ldr. Anderson is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Air Force.

Unit : 44 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 15th September 1958 - No.25 - Pres/58 dated 20th September 1958
Vir Chakra
Wg CdrTom Lionel Anderson3126 GD(P)Award Date 20 Oct 1962Announced 26 Jan 1963
Details :

On 20th October, 1962, after the Chinese had invaded our borders it became evident that Chushul airfield in Ladakh would be one of their main objectives. The garrison at Chushul depended mainly on air supply. In order t prevent our aircraft from supplying the garrison, the Chinese had established a number of MMG posts near the airfield circuit. Although each sortie to Chushul was fraught with grave danger from concentrated enemy fire, wing Commander Anderson, was in command of one of our Transport Squadrons, flew nearly 70 operational hours during the critical days, delivering vital supplies to the garrison. It was due to his courage and perseverance that the tank lift to Chushul was made possible. His ceaseless efforts inspired the officers and men of his squadron to work round the clock to maintain the supplies required for the survival of the garrison.

In these operations, Wing Commander Anderson displayed commendable courage and unflinching devotion to duty

Unit : 44 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 16th February 1963 - No. 18-Pres/63., dated 26th January, 1963