|Service No & Branch||4494 F(P)||Stream :Fighters|
|Date of Birth: -- --- ----||Commissioned: 01 Apr 1953||Course: 60 Course|
|Service End:||Retired on 31 Dec 1990 Superannuated||Nick Name : Tiger, Minhi|
|Qualifications Held :|
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|16 Apr 1958 - 03 Jan 1961||Flt Lt||No.20 Squadron||Squadron Pilot|
|01 Jun 1959 - 01 Jun 1960||Flt Lt||No.20 Squadron||Halwara||Flight Commander|
|27 May 1961 - 01 Apr 1965||Flt Lt||Air Force Flying College||Jodhpur||Flying Instructor|
|01 Apr 1965 - 28 Mar 1966||Sqn Ldr||6 Elementary Flying Training Unit||Patiala||Commanding Officer|
|29 Mar 1966 - 09 Mar 1968||Sqn Ldr||No.17 Squadron||Flight Commander|
|11 Mar 1968 - 29 Nov 1970||Wg Cdr||No.26 Squadron||Adampur||Commanding Officer|
|20 Nov 1970 - 30 Nov 1973||Wg Cdr||Armament Training Wing||Jamnagar||Chief Instructor|
|10 Sep 1971 - 28 Feb 1972||Wg Cdr||14 Care and Maintenance Unit||Jaisalmer||Station Commander|
|15 Mar 1976 - 19 Jun 1977||Gp Capt||Tactics and Combat Development Establishment||Jamnagar||Commandant|
|15 Mar 1976 - 01 Jan 1978||Gp Capt||Armament Training Wing||Jamnagar||Station Commander|
|01 Jan 1978 - 31 Dec 1978||Gp Capt||Royal College of Defence Studies||London, UK||Staff Course|
|02 Apr 1979 - 17 Sep 1982||Air Cmde||7 Wing||Ambala||Air Officer Commanding|
|05 Jan 1983 - 09 Oct 1985||Air Cmde||High Commission of India, United Kingdom||London||Air Advisor|
|01 Jan 1985 - 25 Nov 1985||AVM||Defence Services Staff College||Wellington||Chief Instructor (Air)|
|05 Jul 1986 -||No.26 Squadron||Commodore Commandant|
|01 Jan 1987 - 28 Feb 1988||AVM||South Western Air Command||Jodhpur||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|01 Mar 1988 - 31 Dec 1990||Air Marshal||Central Air Command||Allahabad||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
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|Vayu Sena Medal|
|Wg Cdr||Mohinder Singh Bawa||4494 GD(P)||Award Date||Announced 26 Jan 1970|
|Details :|| |
Wing Commander Mohinder Singh Bawa took over command of a fighter squadron in 1968. The Squadron was just then being raised and equipped with the latest aircraft. With limited resources, he had to create a base from which the subsequent squadrons of the Indian Air Force could be formed. Apart from training of personnel on a highly sophisticated aircraft, the squadron was faced with many difficulties in the induction of this equipment. During the short period of one year, the squadron reached a fully operational status; the officer set a personal example by attaining the highest instrument rating on supersonic aircraft.
Throughout, Wing Commander Mohinder Singh Bawa displayed courage and devotion to duty.
|Unit : 26 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 25th April 1970 - No.16 - Pres/70 dated 26th January 1970|
|Ati Vishist Seva Medal|
|Wg Cdr||Mohinder Singh Bawa||4494 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1972||Announced 26 Jan 1972|
|Details :|| |
Wing Commander Mohinder Singh Bawa was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Air Force in April, 1953. He has served in a number of fighter and fighter bomber squadrons and has commanded one of them. He is a qualified flying instructor and served as such in the Air Force Flying College. At present, he is the Chief Instructor of Armament Training Wing. During the recent conflict with Pakistan, Wing Commander Mohinder Singh Bawa was in command of an airfield. He transformed the airfield into a major base, capable of sustaining intensive operations by a number of aircraft. The enemy made persistent attempts to neutralise this base, but due to effective air defence arrangements these attempts failed, and the base remained operational throughout. Aircraft operating from this base mounted large scale operations in close support of the Army, knocking many enemy tanks and vehicles. Several attacks were launched against enemy airfields in the sector, leading to the destruction of a number of aircraft and curtailment of enemy air activity; the enemy's road and rail communications in the area were also severely disrupted. All this was achieved largely because of the support given by the base under inspiring leadership of Wing Commander Mohinder Singh Bawa, He has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.
|Unit : AFS Jaisalmer|
|Reference : GoI19720126|
|Param Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Marshal||Mohinder Singh Bawa||4494 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1989||Announced 26 Jan 1989|
|Details :|| |
Air Marshal Mohinder Singh Bawa was commissioned in the Air Force in April 1953. During his long service career, he has held a variety of command and staff appointments which include the command of one frontline fighter squadron and two major operational bases where he accomplished high rates of aircraft serviceability, enhanced operational preparedness and all round efficiency. He ha also held the assignment of Air Adviser in the Indian High Commission in London, Senior Directing Staff at Defence Services Staff College and Senior Air Staff Officer at one of the operational commands.
In 1979, when in command of a major fighter base in the Western Sector, he created the infrastructure to operate newly acquired fighter bomber aircraft an made the squadron fully operational in the shortest possible time. Air Marshal Bawa's planning skills and dynamism became apparent once again when he was appointed Senior Air Staff Officer of an Operational command.
In his present appointment as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of a operational command, his dynamism, dedication and managerial skills have directly influenced the command's functioning. He has instilled a sense of purpose, pride and dedication in the personnel serving under him.
Air Marshal Mohinder Singh Bawa, AVSM, VM, has, thus, rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
|Reference : GoI19890126|
|Date||Aircraft Type||Tail No||Pilot/Crew||Unit||Remarks|
|14 Aug 1954||Vampire FB52||IB-203||Fg Offr Mohinder Singh Bawa||Mentioned in Book -|