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Group Captain Donald Melvyn Conquest

Service No 4692 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 31 May 1933
Date Commissioned 16 Jan 1954 Course 62 Course
Service End Retired on 31 May 1981
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 16 Jan 1955
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
- 01 Dec 1971Wg CdrOperational Conversion UnitJamnagar Commanding Officer
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 3
   
Mention in Despatches
Sqn LdrDonald Melvyn Conquest4692 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : 27 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 5th November 1966 - No.77 - Pres/66 dated 27th October 1966
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrDonald Melvyn Conquest4692 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Wing Commander Donald Melvyn Conquest was commissioned in the Flying of the India Air Force in January 1954. He has served in fighter bomber squadrons, also been a member of the staff at the National Defence Academy, and has served in a radar unit. After completing a course at the Armament Training Wing, he was retained at the Wing as a member of the instructional flying staff. At present, he is the Commander and Instructor at an operational training unit. He implemented a rigorous training for his aircrew, to bring them to the highest peak of efficiency. During the recent conflict against Pakistan, the Unit under the inspiring leadership of Wing Commander Melvyn Conquest, acquitted itself creditably.

In his career, Wing Commander Donald Melvyn Conquest has fulfilled all assigned to him. He has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit : OCU
Reference : GoI19720126
Vir Chakra
Wg CdrDonald Melvyn Conquest4692 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Wing Commander Donald Melvyn Conquest was commanding the Operational Training Unit. On the 4th December, 1971, he led a formation which attacked and set fire to Karachi Port bulk oil installation. On the 5th December, 1971, he carried out a daring attack on Mauripur airfield and destroyed at least six enemy aircraft on ground and caused extensive damage to others. Again on the 6th December, 1971, he attacked and destroyed the Warehouses at Drigh Road airfield. In addition he carried out a number of close air support and interdiction missions. He was instrumental in neuteralising heavy enemy armoured thrust in the Longewala section and in setting on fire numerous goods trains. On one occasion he was wounded by enemy fire and war profusely bleeding. Despite excruciating pain and loss of blood he successfully brought his formation back to base.

Throughout, Wing Commander Donald Melvyn Conquest displayed gallantry, leadership and professional skill of a high order.

Unit : 122 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972