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Air Vice Marshal Krishna Narayana Pillai

Service No & Branch 4874 F(P)
Date of Birth: 22 Apr 1933 Commissioned: 16 Apr 1955 Course: 65 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 1987 / Died on 26 Nov 2017
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1975Acting Gp Capt : 20 Jun 1977Gp Capt : 01 May 1978Acting Air Cmde : 11 Jan 1982
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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

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
01 Feb 1968 - 31 Oct 1970Sqn LdrNo.26 SquadronAdampur Sqn Pilot
20 May 1974 - 14 Jun 1976Wg CdrNo.220 SquadronJodhpur Commanding Officer
20 Aug 1979 - 08 Jan 1982Gp CaptTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Commandant
11 Jan 1982 - 29 Dec 1983Air Cmde32 WingJodhpur Air Officer Commanding
23 Jan 1985 - 04 Feb 1986Air Cmde11 WingTezpur Air Officer Commanding
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptKrishna Narayana Pillai4874 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1980Announced 26 Jan 1980
Details :

Group Captain Krishna Narayana Pillai, (4874), Flying (Pilot), was commissioned in the Air Force in 1955 in the Flying (Pilot) Branch. Early in his career, he displayed his superior flying skill and was selected for the Pilot Attack Instructor's course. After successful completion of his training, he was employed on instructional duties for imparting Weapon Delivery techniques to pilots of fighter squadrons and luring that period there was a marked improvement in the Weapon Delivery accuracy of fighter squadrons. During the period of his assignment at the Aircrew Examining Board, he was responsible for motivating aircrew into accurate flying under diverse weather conditions.

In addition to his teaching and testing duties, he served as a Flight Commander in one of our frontline offensive air support squadrons. Thereafter, he has been in command of a premier fighter squadron for a full tenure and trained his squadron into a very effective fighting force. In recognition of his professional competence, he was posted as Deputy Director in the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. In this capacity, he was largely responsible for standardising operational techniques in our fighter squadrons and generating flight safety consciousness without sacrificing operational advantages. A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Group Captain Pillai has held an Air Staff appointment in an operational Command. In these duties, he has shown an equal amount of zeal and innovativenss in the operational planning entrusted to him. He has an excellent sense of anticipation and appreciation of air operations in general.

Group Captain Krishna Narayana Pillai has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19800126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
01 Jun 1982MiG-21Gp Capt Krishna Narayana Pillai
DNE Ejected after En
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