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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

31 Mar 1962 - 19 Oct 1962Sqn LdrNo.14 SquadronAmbala CO
14 Feb 1966 - 21 Sep 1966Wg CdrNo.9 Squadron CO
01 Nov 1969 - 28 Jan 1973Wg CdrNo.2 SquadronAmbala CO
26 Jan 1973 - 23 Nov 1973Gp Capt20 WingBagdogra Stn Cdr
- AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi ACAS( Plans)
- AVMSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur SASO
- Air MshlCentral Air CommandAllahabad SASO
01 Jan 1985 - 31 May 1986Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi DCAS
01 Jun 1986 - 31 Mar 1987Air MshlCentral Air CommandAllahabad AOC-in-C
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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
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMJohney William Greene4093 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1984Announced 26 Jan 1984
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