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Air Marshal Gandharva Sen

Service No 4429 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 25 Oct 1931
Date Commissioned 17 Jan 1953 Course 59 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Oct 1989
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Jan 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1970Acting Gp Capt : 23 Aug 1976Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1976
Acting Air Cmde : 17 Apr 1978Air Cmde : 29 Aug 1979Acting AVM : 02 Jan 1984AVM : 21 May 1984
Air Marshal : 03 Nov 1986C-in-C : 21 Dec 1987
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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 Dec 1971Wg Cdr230 Signal UnitAmritsar CO
21 Sep 1967 - 11 May 1970Wg CdrNo.10 SquadronJamnagar/ Pune CO
12 Apr 1978 - 26 Dec 1979Air Cmde11 WingTezpur AOC
03 Jan 1981 - 15 Oct 1982Air Cmde18 WingPathankot AOC
21 Dec 1987 - 31 Oct 1989Air MshlSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum AOC-in-C
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrGandharva Sen4429 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1971Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Reference : Gazette of India : No.27 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrGandharva Sen4429 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Wing Commander Gandharva Sen was commanding a Signal Unit. His unit stopped functioning only once despite the fact that it was subjected to twenty-nine enemy air attacks. Even on that one occasion, the disruption of power supply and damage to the equipment was rectified in about half an hour. When his Unit was called upon to perform the additional role of Air Defence Direction Centre, he rendered valuable assistance in arranging air defence of the tactical areas, protection of our own aircraft on offensive missions and organising aggressive action over enemy territory in the form of sweeps. Apart from the operational tasks directly connected with the Unit, he also carried out the task of training a large number of personnel from the Air Force to enable them to man the low level reporting system which functioning very well during hostilities.

Throughout, Wing Commander Gandharva Sen displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duly.

Unit : 230 SU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 7th October 1972 - No.108 - Pres/72 dated 23rd September 1972
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalGandharva Sen4429 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1990Announced 26 Jan 1990
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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