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Air Marshal Ravinder Nath Bharadwaj

Service No 5001 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 26 Jul 1935
Date Commissioned 08 Oct 1955 Course 66 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Jul 1993
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1976Acting Gp Capt : 03 May 1979Gp Capt : 01 Jan 1979Acting Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1982
Air Cmde : 01 Jul 1983AVM : 28 Jan 1988Air Marshal : 25 Jun 1990C-in-C : 01 May 1992
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Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

13 Jan 1984 - 19 Mar 1986Air CmdeNational Defence AcademyPune Dy Cmdt & CI
- 01 Aug 1991Air MshlTraining CommandBangalore SASO
01 May 1992 - 31 Jul 1993Air MshlSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum AOC-in-C
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrRavinder Nath Bharadwaj5001 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Squadron Leader Ravinder Nath Bhardwaj has been serving at an Operational Training Unit for over two years. During this period, he has flown a total of 3350 hours. By his hard work and professional skill, he improved the flying skill and ground knowledge of the pilots under training. His capacity and willingness for hard work were a source of inspiration to all officers and airmen.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Ravinder Nath Bhardwaj displayed professional skill, initiative and devotion to duty.

Unit : OCU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971
Maha Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrRavinder Nath Bharadwaj5001 F(P)Award Date 05 Dec 1971Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : Squadron Leader Bhardwaj, a senior pilot in a fighter-bomber squadron [No.20 Squadron, Hunters] , has led a number of operational missions against a variety of enemy targets. On December 5, 1971, he led a raid on an enemy airfield. Although the target was heavily defended by anti-aircraft and small arms fire, he pressed home the attack. He himself set fire to an enemy heavy transport aircraft in one of his attacks, and eventually led his mission safely back to base. On December 7, 1971 , he led another mission this time to heavily defended power station. Here too, his mission succeeded in causing heavy damage, without any loss to our aircraft. On December 10, 1971, he led a close support mission to the Chhamb area. During the first attack, his aircraft as well as that of his number two were hit by ground fire, and as they pulled out of the attacks they were engaged by enemy Sabres. He guided his number two out of danger, and then returned to the fray shooting down a Sabre which crashed inside our lines near the Chhamb bridge. By this time he was alone, but he returned to the attack, against Pakistani tanks and troops, and caused extensive damage to these targets before nursing his damaged aircraft back to base, where he landed safely. He has displayed exceptional gallantry, leadership and bravery in the face of heavy odds, which are in the highest traditions of the Air Force.
Unit : 20 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalRavinder Nath Bharadwaj5001 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1993Announced 26 Jan 1993
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