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Air Marshal Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran

Service No 4973 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 24 Feb 1935
Date Commissioned 08 Oct 1955 Course 66 Course
Service End Retired on 28 Feb 1993
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1975Gp Capt : 01 Nov 1978Acting Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1982Air Cmde : 21 Apr 1983
AVM : 11 Jan 1988Air Marshal : 01 Apr 1990
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

24 Sep 1973 - 14 Feb 1976Wg CdrNo.28 SquadronTezpur CO
01 Feb 1976 - 01 Jun 1977Wg CdrAir Force Test Pilots SchoolBangalore OC
01 Oct 1982 - 02 Jan 1985Air CmdeAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore Cmdt
03 Jan 1985 - 05 Jan 1987Air Cmde7 WingAmbala AOC
05 Mar 1990 - 13 Oct 1991Air MshlSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur SASO
14 Oct 1991 - 28 Feb 1993Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi VCAS
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Shaurya Chakra
Flt LtPalamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran4973 GD(P)Award Date 18 Dec 1961Announced 26 Jan 1962
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On 18th December, 1961, Flight Lieutenant Ramchandran was detailed to lead a section of two Vampires in close support of the ground forces in Diu. While flying over the area, he noticed a patrol boat heading towards an IN Ship which was about two miles from the shore. On his own initiative he decided to fly low to survey the patrol boat . When the boat as well as Diu fort opened heavy fire at his aircraft. Undeterred by the hostile fire, he attacked and blew up the patrol boat which was full of high explosives. During the attack his aircraft was damaged by hostile fire.

Flight lieutenant Ramachandran displayed courage and initiative of a high order.

Unit : Armament Training Wing
Reference : Gazette of India , 22nd September 1962 - No.59 - Pres/62 dated 10th September 1962
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrPalamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran4973 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1976
Details : Wing Commander Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran has been in Command of an operational Squadron, since September, 1973 whose task is to convert pilots to the latest supersonic fighter aircraft. The squadron has functioned very well and has regularly completed its flying tasks. Wing Commander Ramachandran has a distinguished flying career right form the time he joined the Air Force. He secured the Nabha Trophy for standing first in Ground Subjects in the Air Force Academy and Hindustan Aeronautcs Limited Trophy for standing first in flying training at Hakimpet. He topped the class in pilot attack instructor's course in 1959. At the test pilots course in Farnborough, he was awarded the Edward's trophy for showing the best all round progress in the course. He has flown 47 types of aircraft, total flying being approximately 3050 hours. In Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, he was responsible for training Indian Air Lines pilots of HS-748 aircraft and thereafter he was associated with IAC field trials on HS-748. He also carried out proving and inaugural flights of the IAC to Visakhapatnam and Colombo. Wing Commander Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duly of a high order.
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Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptPalamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran4973 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1980Announced 26 Jan 1980
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPalamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran4973 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1993Announced 26 Jan 1993
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