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Air Marshal Balwant Wickram Chauhan

Service No 3352 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 28 Sep 1926
Date Commissioned 01 Jun 1946 Course 40 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Dec 1983 / Died on 28 Jun 2011
Remarks : 12Sqn AHCSqn ARC
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 01 Jun 1951Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1965Acting Gp Capt : 07 Nov 1966Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1969
Acting Air Cmde : 09 Dec 1972Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1973Acting AVM : 09 Aug 1976AVM : 01 Apr 1977
Acting Air Marshal : 29 Oct 1979Air Marshal : 01 Jan 1980C-in-C : 29 Oct 1979
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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
01 Mar 1966 - 06 Nov 1966Wg CdrNo.48 SquadronBarrackpore Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1974 - 08 Aug 1976Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Int)
01 Jan 1976 - 31 Dec 1978Air CmdeJammu & KashmirUdhampur Air Officer Commanding
14 Aug 1978 - 23 Oct 1979AVMAir Force AcademyDundigal Commandant
29 Oct 1979 - 20 Sep 1981Air MshlTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding in Chief
01 Jan 1982 - 31 Dec 1983Air MshlCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding in Chief
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeBalwant Wickram Chauhan3352 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1976Announced 26 Jan 1976
Details :

Air Commodore Balwant Wickram Chauhan (3352) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned In the Air Force in 1946. He was graded above the Average as a pilot on completion of his flying training and started his flying career, on Transport Aircraft. He has so far flown 25 different types of aircraft including jets.

Air Commodore Chauhan spent the early years of his flying career in Air Headquarters Communication Squadron where he was engaged in flying VVIPs within and outside India. He holds the distinction of being the first Indian Air Force Officer to obtain A-1 category on transport aircraft. He is also the only officer of the Indian Air Force who has served with the Queen's Flight of the Royal Air Force. He was the leader of Team for Supply Dropping Trials from AVRO 748 aircraft in J&K and Ladakh. Air Commodore Chauhan is also a Qualified Flying Instructor having finished the course at the Central Flying School of the Royal Air Force. He holds an A2 Category and has over 2000 hours of instructional flying to his credit. He has taught pupils on such different types of aircraft as the Tiger Moth, Harvard, AN ­12, etc.

Air Commodore Chauhan has held various other Command and staff appointments with credit. As a member of the Aircrew Examining Board in the early days after its formation, he applied his professional skill and knowledge of aircraft in evolving sound testing procedures for aircrew, thereby ensuring the highest standards of flying amongst the flying crew of the Indian Air Force.

He has also served with distinction at an important establishment where in addition to his normal duties involving supervision of operations, technical, equipment and administrative departments of his organisation, Air Commodore Chauhan undertook a number of difficult and risky operations, particularly in the 1971 operations against Pakistan when he flew 34 hours on special operational missions. At present, he is holding the important appointment of Director of Intelligence at Air Headquarters.

Over this prolonged period of time as a pilot and as a Staff Officer, Air Commodore Chauhan has established1 himself as a leader of men, an organiser and an administrator of a very high ability. He has always worked with a spirit of dedication and exemplary devotion to duty. Air Commodore Balwant Wickram Chauhan has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19760126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalBalwant Wickram Chauhan3352 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1982Announced 26 Jan 1982
Details :

Air Marshal Balwant Wickram Chauhan, AVSM (3352) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Air Force in 1946. He was graded an above average Pilot on completion of his flying training and started his flying career on transport aircraft. He has so far flown 25 different types of aircraft including jets.

This Officer spent the early years of his flying career in Air Headquarters Communications Squadron where he was engaged in flying VVIPs within and outside India. He holds the distinction of being the first Indian Air Force Officer to obtain 'A' Category on transport aircraft. He is also the only officer of the Indian Air Force who has served with the Queen's Flight of the Royal Air Force. He was the leader of the Team for supply dropping trials from AVRO 748 aircraft in J & K and Ladakh. Air Marshal Chauhan has held various Command and Staff appointments with credit. As a member of the Aircrew Examining Board in the early days after its formation, he applied his professional skill and knowledge of aircraft in evolving sound testing procedures for aircrew, thereby ensuring the highest standards of flying amongst the flying crew of the Indian Air Force.

He has also served with distinction at an important establishment where, in addition to his normal duties involving supervision of operations, technical, equipment and administrative departments of his organisation, Air Marshal Chauhan undertook a number of difficult and risky operations, particularly in the 1971 operations against Pakistan when he flew 34 hours on special operational missions.

As Commandant of Air Force Academy, Air Marshal Chauhan with meticulous planning and utilisation of manpower, aircraft and equipment, ensured a very high standard of training.

With vast experience as an instructor both in the air and on the ground and having held important assignments, Air Marshal Chauhan, as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, reshaped the training in the Indian Air Force and achieved laudable results. He has been instrumental in successfully increasing the intakes at the training establishments. Over his entire career as a Pilot and as a Staff Officer, Air Marshal Balwant Wickram Chauhan has established himself as a leader of men, an organiser and an administrator of a very high ability. He has always worked with a spirit of dedication and exemplary devotion to duty.

Air Marshal Balwant Wickram Chauhan has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit : TC
Reference : GoI19820126