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Air Marshal Pattathil Venugopal

Service No & Branch 4431 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- -- Commissioned: 17 Jan 1953 Course: 59 Course
Service End: Retired on 02 Jun 1989 Superannuated
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Jan 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1971Acting Gp Capt : 23 Aug 1976Gp Capt : 30 Dec 1976
Acting Air Cmde : 26 Mar 1979Air Cmde : 18 Sep 1979AVM : 19 Oct 1984Air Marshal : 30 Dec 1986
Training and Other Courses Attended
17 NDC (Gp Capt) - 01 Dec 1977
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1960 - 01 Jan 1962Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
06 Jul 1964 - 07 Nov 1966Sqn LdrNo.47 SquadronBagdogra/ Hashimara Commanding Officer
17 Aug 1969 - 11 Jun 1971Wg CdrNo.3 SquadronPathankot Commanding Officer
01 Aug 1971 - 01 Dec 1973Wg Cdr11 WingTezpur Officer in Charge Flying
- Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Western Air CommandSimla Air Officer Commanding
26 Mar 1979 - 15 Feb 1981Air Cmde33 WingJamnagar Air Officer Commanding
01 Sep 1982 - 30 Jun 1984Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Works
01 Jul 1984 - AVMAir Force Naval Housing BoardDelhi Director General
- 02 Jun 1989Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
15 Jul 1987 - No.3 Squadron Commodore Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMPattathil Venugopal4431 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1986Announced 26 Jan 1986
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Pathathil Venugopal (4431) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force on 17th January, 1953. He has held several important field and staff appointments at major Stations and Wings and at Air Headquarters. He has also commanded two independent fighter Squadrons and a major fighter base. As the Air Officer Commanding, he was made responsible for rendering relief operations during the MORVI dam disaster in Gujarat.

Later, as the Air Officer Commanding, Advance Headquarters Western Air Command, Simla, he was responsible for planning and coordinating the application of Air Power in two major exercises of the Indian Army for which he earned a good name for the Air Force. As a result of the experience gained, he also made a total revision of the Directive of Joint Operations.

In September 1982, he was posted to Air Headquarters as Director of Air Force Works. In this difficult assignment, he made significant contribution in creating realistic annual and five year plans, oriented towards operational efficiency and improvement in the living and working conditions of the Units. His personal endeavours led to the timely sanctioning of 'Vajra' and 'Shamsher' projects. In July 1984, at an extremely short notice of 20 days, as Officer on Special Duty, he was made solely responsible for creating infraƂĀ­structure for the inauguration of HQ Southern Air Command, Trivandrum.

With his experience as DAFW, he was selected in July 1984 to serve as Director General, Air Force Naval Housing Board. It is due to his personal involvement that the NOIDA Phase I project has finally been completed.

Air Vice Marshal Pathathil Venugopal has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19860126
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