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Air Marshal Malcolm Shirley Dundas Wollen

Service No 3641 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 02 Aug 1928
Date Commissioned 03 Sep 1949 Course 50 Course
Service End Retired on 04 Sep 1984 / Died on 23 May 2013
Remarks : MD HAL
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 03 Sep 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1966Acting Gp Capt : 04 Jan 1968Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1970
Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1974Acting AVM : 08 Feb 1978AVM : 01 May 1978Acting Air Marshal : 16 Apr 1980
Air Marshal : 16 Apr 1980C-in-C : 03 Jan 1981
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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
24 May 1961 - 11 Oct 1961Sqn LdrNo.17 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
14 Oct 1961 - 02 Oct 1962Sqn LdrNo.23 SquadronAmbala Commanding Officer
15 Mar 1965 - 17 Oct 1967Wg CdrNo.28 SquadronChandigarh/ Adampur Commanding Officer
- Gp Capt15 WingBareilly Station Commander
07 Aug 1969 - 29 Feb 1972Gp Capt11 WingTezpur Station Commander
- 15 Apr 1980AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations
16 Apr 1980 - 02 Jan 1981Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
03 Jan 1981 - 26 Feb 1983Air MshlEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Mar 1983 - 03 Sep 1984Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 3
   
Mention in Despatches
Wg CdrMalcolm Shirley Dundas Wollen3641 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : 28 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 5th November 1966 - No.77 - Pres/66 dated 27th October 1966
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrMalcolm Shirley Dundas Wollen3641 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1968
Details :

Wing Commander Malcolm Shirley Dundas Wollen was in command of an Interceptor Squadron re-equipped with a new type of aircraft. The squadron, besides its role of interception, had to undertake conversion training of a number of pilots. Wing Commander Wollen with great perseverance and fortitude fulfilled the task by continuously supervising the unit. The syllabus of training prepared by him for conversion of his squadron personnel has been accepted in the Air Force as a standard syllabus. During the conflict with Pakistan, Wing Commander Wollen, undertook several operational sorties both by day and night for intercepting enemy aircraft despite various limitations and adverse conditions.

Throughout, Wing Commander Malcolm Shirley Dundas Wollen displayed professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

Unit : 28 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 8th June 1968 - No.35 - Pres/68 dated 26th January 1968
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptMalcolm Shirley Dundas Wollen3641 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : GROUP CAPTAIN MALCOLM SHIRLEY DUNDAS WOLLEN, VM (3641) F(P) : Group Captain Wollen, was the Commanding Officer of a major Air Force base [Gauhati] in Assam. On the outbreak of hostilities with Pakistan in Dec. 1971, he was placed in operational control of two MiG-21 Squadrons at a forward airfield. The task of these Squadrons was to neutralise the Pakistani Air Force in Bangia Desh and to give close support to the Army in that area. From time to time, certain special tasks were also ordered. The sum of all these tasks was very large in relation to the forces under his control. It was a measure of his organisational ability and leadership that every one of the objectives was fulfilled. The special tasks given to him included such missions as the destruction of certain selected buildings occupied by the West Pakistani forces and their Governor in Dacca city, the elimination of radio transmitting stations and the day and night bombing of certain air-fields in enemy hands. Group Captain Wollen planned, organised and conducted these operations personally, and himself gave the briefings on the tactics which the aircraft were to adopt. There was never any occasion, by day or by night, when there was any hesitation in immediately getting down to the execution of tasks given to him. The success of these operations contributed directly to the neutralisation of Pakistani air strength in Bangla Desh) support of our own surface forces, and the eventual surrender of the Pakistani forces in that Sector. With his brilliant leadership, organisational ability, ini- tiative and zeal, and the devotion to duty manifest in his outstanding career, Group Captain Wollen rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
Unit : AFS Gauhati
Reference : GoI19720126

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
21 Dec 1963MiG-21FSqn Ldr Malcolm S Dundas Wollen
28MAC with another Mig 21 F near Chandigarh
06 Sep 1965MiG-21PFBC-823Wg Cdr Malcolm S Dundas Wollen
28Dest on ground Pathankot by F-86