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Air Commodore Vishwanatha Krishnamurthy

Service No 4022 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 10 Sep 1930
Date Commissioned 19 Jan 1951 Course 54 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Sep 1982
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 19 Jan 1952Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1971Acting Gp Capt : 25 Mar 1974Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1974
Acting Air Cmde : 26 Jul 1976Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1978
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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

01 Oct 1962 - 01 Apr 1965Sqn LdrNo.101 SquadronTezpur Commanding Officer
- 01 Dec 1971Wg Cdr5 Forward Base Support UnitUttarlai Station Commander
01 Apr 1967 - 21 Sep 1967Wg CdrNo.10 SquadronJamnagar Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrVishwanatha Krishnamurthy4022 GD(P)Award Date Announced 01 Jan 1967
Details :

Sqn. Ldr. Vishwanathan Krishnamurthy was in command of a Reconnaissance Squadron in the eastern sector from October 1962 to April 1965. During this period in all difficult and hazardous missions, Sqn. Ldr. Krishnamurthy guided his men and proved himself to be a source of inspiration. During the trouble in Kutch, he volunteered for operations and carried out successfully all tasks assigned to him.

Throughout, Sqn. Ldr. Krishnamurthy displayed courage and devotion to duty.

Unit : 108 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 7th January, 1967- No.102 - Pres/66 dated 31st December 1966
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrVishwanatha Krishnamurthy4022 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Wing Commander Vishwanathan Krishnamurthy was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force in January, 1951. He has served in a number of fighter and fight bomber squadrons of the IAF. He has held command of a squadron, from 1962 to 1969. He is a qualified flying instructor holding the highest category. During the recent conflict with Pakistan, Wing Commander Krishnamurthy was in command of an airfield. He transformed this airfield into a major Air Force base inspite of numerous administrative and logistic problems. The enemy tried persistently to cripple the base, but due to effective air defence arrangements, the airfield remained operational throughout. Aircraft operating from this base shot down a number of enemy aircraft, including three F­104s. Numerous missions were also launched in close support of the Army, knocking out many enemy tanks, strong points, guns and warlike equipment. Also enemy lines of communication in the sector were very badly disrupted.

Throughout, Wing Commander Vishwanathan Krishnamurthy has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit : AFS Uttarlai
Reference : GoI19720126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
16 Jul 1967HF-24 MarutBD-840Wg Cdr V Krishnamurthy
10Lost way BO Jamnagar after Fuel went out