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Group Captain Samuel Venkatarao

Service No & Branch 3830 F(N)

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Date of Birth: -- --- -- Commissioned: 12 Apr 1950 Course: 1 NAV Course
Service End: Retired on 21 Sep 1975
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 12 Apr 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1967Acting Gp Capt : 29 Jan 1970Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1971
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
20 Jul 1971 - 29 Nov 1972Gp Capt507 Signal UnitSingharsi Station Commander
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrSamuel Venkatarao3830 GD(N)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1964
Details :

Squadron Leader Samuel Venkatarao was a navigator of a detachment which was detailed for famine relief operations under very adverse weather conditions in the Mizo Hills area in 1960. He contributed greatly towards successful air-drops of more than 300 tons of food at various difficult dropping zones in that area. In October 1961, he was mainly responsible for setting up a detachment at Gauhati at a very short notice. With an average of two Dakotas a day, he ensured the delivery of 500 tons of supplies to the forward post at Towang in one month. The success of the detachment was due to his ingenuity, resourcefulness and ceaseless efforts. He has so far flown over 5730 hours including about 1000 hours by night. He is also an experienced and qualified Navigation instructor and has about 2000 hours of instructional flying to his credit.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Samuel Venkatarao has shown courage, organizational ability and professional skill.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964.

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
01 Jan 1951DevonHW-202Flt Lt George Victor Francis
Plt Offr Samuel Venkata Rao
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