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Air Marshal Johney William Greene

Service No 4093 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 21 Mar 1929
Date Commissioned 16 Jun 1951 Course 55 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Mar 1987 / Died on 16 Oct 2013
Remarks : 14Sqn(64) 23Sqn(65) 2Sqn(71)
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 16 Jun 1952Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1967Acting Gp Capt : 29 Jan 1973Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1974
Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1977Acting AVM : 25 Jun 1981AVM : 08 Jul 1981Air Marshal : 01 Mar 1985
C-in-C : 01 Jun 1986
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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
31 Mar 1962 - 19 Oct 1962Sqn LdrNo.14 SquadronAmbala Commanding Officer
14 Feb 1966 - 21 Sep 1966Wg CdrNo.9 Squadron Commanding Officer
01 Nov 1969 - 28 Jan 1973Wg CdrNo.2 SquadronAmbala Commanding Officer
26 Jan 1973 - 23 Nov 1973Gp Capt20 WingBagdogra Station Commander
- Air CmdeNo 1 Operational GroupJodhpur Senior Air Staff Officer
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Flight Safety)
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Air Staff Requirements)
01 Jan 1976 - 01 Dec 1976Air CmdeNational Defence CollegeDelhi Staff Course
- AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Plans
- Air MshlCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Jan 1985 - 31 May 1986Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
01 Jun 1986 - 31 Mar 1987Air MshlCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 4
    
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrJohney William Greene4093 GD(P)Award Date 03 Sep 1965Announced 01 Jan 1966
Details :

In the initial stages of the operations against Pakistan in the Chhamb Sector, a detachment of Gnat was sent to give cover to our ground attack aircraft and establish our superiority. Squadron Leader Johnny William Greene led missions repeatedly into this sector where the enemy was using missile equipped F-86 Sabre and F-104 Star fighters. He worked out tactics to combat them and, by his personal example and determination, infused confidence in the members of his formation.

On 3rd and 4th September 1965, the formations led by him were in the first air combats with the enemy air force. Unmindful of the enemy’s numerical superiority and radar advantage, he controlled and maneuvered his formations with such skill that they succeeded in shooting down two enemy aircraft - the first in these operations. Subsequently, he led a number of formations giving air cover to Mystere and Canberra aircraft in attacks on ground targets. The success of these attacks was largely due to his bravery and leadership.

Unit : 23 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 12th February 1966 - No.15 - Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrJohney William Greene4093 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Wing Commander Johney William Greene was commanding a Fighter Squadron. He flew a number of operational missions in the form of Combat Air Patrol, sweeps and escort. On the 4th December, 1971, while he was on Combat Air Patrol mission, two F-104 aircraft attempted to attack an airfield. Even though he was alone in the air, he took offensive action and attacked the enemy aircraft. The enemy aircraft jettisoned the tanks and armament load and engaging the reheat, retreated towards their own territory.

Throughout, Wing Commander Johney William Greene displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Unit : 2 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 7th October 1972 - No.108 - Pres/72 dated 23rd September 1972
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeJohney William Greene4093 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1979Announced 26 Jan 1979
Details :

Air Commodore Johney William Greene was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1951. He specialised in fighter operations as Pilot Attack Instructor and Day Fighter Leader. Later in 1965, he received training as a specialist in flight safety and has since devoted much of hit attention towards improving safety in the Air Force. He has held several important command and staff appointments, including command of three fighter squadrons and an operational Wing. He served as Director of Flight Safety at Air Headquarters. He has held all these posts with exceptional competence.

He took an active part in the Goa operations and the 1962 operations. He was awarded Vir Chakra for bravery, in 1965 and Vayu Sena Medal for his role in the 1971 Conflict. In all these operations, he displayed exemplary capabilities of his flying skill and leadership.

As Senior Air Staff Officer, No. 1 (Operational) Group, Air Commodore Greene has, with his professional skill and experience, enhanced the operational capability of the combat and support elements of the forces under his Group and improved their flight safety record. He has also made significant contributions in the fields of fighter tactics, standard operating procedures and flight safety. His meticulous planning and remarkable capacity to find viable solutions to problems has won or him the confidence and admiration of his superiors and the esteem of his subordinates.

Air Commodore Johney William Greene has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19790126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMJohney William Greene4093 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1984Announced 26 Jan 1984
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Johnny William Greene AVSM VrC VM (4093) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Air Force in 1951, and has held important command and staff appointments, including command of three fighter squadrons and an operational Wing, Director of Fight Safety and Senior Air Staff Officer of an operational command and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans). He held all these post with rare distinction.

An outstanding fighter pilot, AVM Greene qualified as pilot attack instructor and day fighter leader from U.K. He took active part in the Goa operation, Chinese aggression in 1962 and Indo-Pak conflicts of 1965 and 1971. During these operations his abilities in flying and leadership, both in the air and on ground, were an inspiring example of devotion and worthy of others to emulate. Early in his career, he was especially selected for specialist course on Flight Safety in the USA.

After graduating from the National Defence College in 1976, as Senior Air Staff Officer of a major operational command, he enhanced the operational combat capability of various elements, and significantly improved the operational preparedness of the command.

As Director of Air Staff Requirements, and presently as Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans), he has enhanced the operational preparedness handsomely in planning, induction and absorption of new and latest types of aircraft, weapons and complex equipment in the Air Force. Due to his remarkable skills, meticulous planning and clear thinking he has been outstandingly successful in finding viable solutions to extremely intricate problems which enhanced the defensive capability of the nation as a whole.

His sustained record of brilliant performance over a long service of 32 years and dedicated contribution in all appointments so far, are in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Air Vice Marshal Johnny William Greene AVSM VrC VM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19840126