Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Group Captain Ramanathan Sundaresan

Service No & Branch 4574 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 08 Oct 1932 Commissioned: 14 Oct 1953 Course: 61 Course
Service End: Died in Service 28 Jul 1978 (46 Years age) Aircraft Accident Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Oct 1954Flt Lt : 14 Oct 1958Sqn Ldr : 14 Oct 1964Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1971
Acting Gp Capt : 23 Aug 1976Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1977
Training and Other Courses Attended
23 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 25 Nov 1967
Badges Qualified
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Plt Offr
Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- 01 Dec 1967Sqn LdrIraq AFIraq Flying Instructor
28 Jul 1969 - 15 Aug 1971Wg CdrOperational Training UnitJamnagar Commanding Officer
03 Sep 1971 - 06 Nov 1972Wg CdrNo.14 SquadronKalaikunda Commanding Officer
19 Jan 1976 - 27 Nov 1976Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
01 Jun 1976 - 20 Jun 1977Gp Capt505 Signal UnitMemaura (Lucknow) Station Commander
23 Jan 1977 - 28 Jul 1978Gp Capt18 WingPathankot Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vir Chakra
Wg CdrRamanathan Sundaresan4574 F(P)Award Date 04 Dec 1971Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : During the conflict with Pakistan in December 1971, Wg Cdr Ramanathan Sundaresan was in a fighter-bomber squadron in the Eastern Sector. As leader of formation attacking Tezgaon airfield near Dacca, he was intercepted by a formation of four enemy aircraft. He engaged the enemy in spite of heavy ground fire and shot down one of the four Sabres. In this action, Wing Commander Sundaresan displayed gallantry and professional skill of a high order.
Unit : 14 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrRamanathan Sundaresan4574 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Wing Commander Ramanathan Sundaresan has been commanding an operational training unit since July, 1969. During the period of his Command, he demonstrated his flying skill under extremely hazardous conditions on several occasions. Under his inspiring leadership, the unit has achieved the remarkable utilisation figure of 100 hours per month per aircraft. In spite of the long working hours involved in achieving this task, Wing Commander Sundaresan maintained the morale of the personnel of his unit at a very high level.

Unit : OCU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th May 1973 - No.28 - Pres/73 dated 26th January 1972

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
28 Jul 1978MiG-21Gp Capt Ramanathan Sundaresan +
Mid Air Collision wi
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