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Air Commodore Peter Maynard Wilson

Service No 3590 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 29 Nov 1927
Date Commissioned 01 Jul 1949 Course 47 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Mar 1976 / Died on 28 Dec 2015
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1970Acting Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1974Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1974
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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
10 Jan 1964 - 16 Jul 1966Wg CdrNo.16 SquadronKalaikunda/ Gorakhpu CO
01 Apr 1968 - 01 Jan 1972Gp CaptArmament Training WingJamnagar Stn Cdr
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Vir Chakra
Wg CdrPeter Maynard Wilson3590 GD(P)Award Date 21 Sep 1965Announced 01 Jan 1966
Details : Wing Commander PETER MAYNARD WILSON (3590), General Duties (Pilot) - Wing Commander Peter Maynard Wilson was in command of a bomber squadron. In addition to the bombing raids undertaken at night over various parts ot Pakistan, his squadron was given the task of destroying the high-powered radar station near Badin in the Kutch area. The radar station was heavily defended by all calibres of anti-airciaft guns and it could also call upon its interceptor aircraft to defend it from any air attack. The nature of the target was such that it required extreme accuracy in bombing to achieve satisfactory results. It was, therefore, decided to under-take a low-level bombing raid in broad daylight so that the bomber crew could take full advantage of good visibility and achieve the utmost precision. With full knowledge of the dangers involved. Wing Commander Wilson led his squadron and attacked the radar station with confidence and determination. In spite of very heavy opposition, he and his formation successfully destroyed the radar station which was so vital to the enemy. The courage, leadership and skill displayed by Wing Commander Peter Maynard Wilson on this occasion were in the best traditions of the Air Force.
Unit : 16 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 12th February 1966 - No.15 - Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptPeter Maynard Wilson3590 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : GROUP CAPTAIN PETER MAYNARD WILSON, Vr. C. (3590) F (P) : Group Captain Wilson was in Command of an Armament Training Wing [Jamnagar]. He organised the station so that, on the outbreak of the 1971 hostilities, the Wing was immediately transferred into a major operational base. The location of this base was such that its aircraft could strike deep into enemy country. For this reason, the Pakistani Air Force was quick to mount raids against the base. Due to the deception plans laid by Group Captain Wilson, the enemy bombed non-existent targets, and caused hardly any damage to the base itself, which remained fully operational throughout the war. His air defence measures resulted in the shooting down of an F-104 aircraft during a daylight raid that the enemy made on the base. With the support provided by the base, fighter aircraft stationed there were able to launch strikes against targets deep in enemy territory, inflicting severe damage and depleting his ability to wage war against India. These raids were conceived and planned by Group Captain Wilson, with such success that, despite the presence of enemy fighter and anti-aircraft defence, they were carried out without loses to our own forces. Inspite of the exposed location of the base, throughout the war, Group Captain Wilson maintained a calm and collected demeanour, which percolated throughout the Station, inspiring aircrew and ground personnel alike to great efforts and achievements. In his outstanding career, with his leadership, drive, determination and implacable will. Group Captain. Wilson rendered distinguished services of the most exceptional order.
Unit : AFS Jamnagar
Reference : Indian Armed Forces Year Book 1972

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
07 Sep 1965Canberra B(I) 58IF-918Wg Cdr Peter Maynard Wilson
16Dest on ground Kalaikunda by F-86