|Date of Birth:||14 Jan 1935|
|Date Commissioned||08 Oct 1955||Course||66 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 31 Jan 1989 / Died on 22 Jun 2011|
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|01 Feb 1974 - 08 Jan 1977||Wg Cdr||No.10 Squadron||Jodhpur||Commanding Officer|
|21 Oct 1980 - 13 Sep 1982||Gp Capt||Air Force Academy||Dundigal||Chief Instructor (Flying)|
|13 Sep 1982 - 16 Jul 1983||Gp Capt||Fighter Training Wing||Hakimpet||Commandant|
|03 Aug 1983 - 22 Jan 1985||Air Cmde||11 Wing||Tezpur||Air Officer Commanding|
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|Sqn Ldr||Krishen Kumar Bakshi||5012 F(P)||Award Date 06 Dec 1971||Announced 26 Jan 1972|
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During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Krishan Kumar Bakshi was a senior pilot in one of the Fighter-Bomber Squadron. On the 6th December, 1971, he was leading a mission over Naya Chor and Dhoran area. While proceeding to the target his Number two spotted a formation of four enemy Sabre aircraft. Though outnumbered he turned towards the enemy aircraft and engaged them in aerial battle and in the ensuring dogfight he shot down one Sabre. In addition he also led a number of offensive air strike missions causing extensive destruction to enemy ground defended positions, Vehicles and troops in the face of heavy ground fire.
Throughout, Squadron Leader Krishan Kumar Bakshi displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
|Unit : 220 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972|
|Vayu Sena Medal|
|Wg Cdr||Krishen Kumar Bakshi||5012 F(P)||Award Date||Announced 15 Aug 1976|
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Wing Commander Krishan Kumar Bakshi was a Flight Commander in a Fighter/Bomber Squadron from January, 1974. He took part in the 1971 operations and was awarded Vir Chakra in December, 1971, for gallantry in the Rajasthan Sector.
On the 4th March 1976, during a routine training flight he was confronted with a serious in-flight emergency involving failure of the starboard engine soon after take off, resulting in engine fire and jamming of rudder control. Wing Commander Bakshi reacted to the emergency in a cool manner, controlled the fire and brought the aircraft down to a safe height despite marginal control The engine casing had burst causing extensive Airframe damage. With remarkable presence of mind and professional skill, he landed the aircraft safely and avoided a serious accident. By this act, he not only saved aircraft but also brought back valuable evidence which would otherwise have been destroyed.
Wing Commander Krishan Kumar Bakshi thus displayed exemplary courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.
|Unit : 10 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 26th February 1977 - No.21- Pres/77 dated 6th August 1976|
|Remarks: Obituary Notice Note added: 2011-06-24|
From Wg Cdr S C Batra : It is my sad duty to inform that our dear Air Cmde (Retd) Joe KK Bakshi Vr.C. has left for his heavenly abode 22nd June, at 0630 hrs. He is survived by his wife, son and a daughter and their family His son Raj spoke to Air Cmde Brother JL Bhargava and the last rights are being performed in Delhi
|Remarks: By Air Marshal S G Inamdar Note added: 2011-06-24|
Late Air Cmde KK Bakshi, from the 66th Pilots Course, arrived at AFFC, Jodhpur, in Nov 61, to begin his QFI innings with 83rd PC. Then Flt Lts BB Bhadkamkar, AK Sapre (both Mysteres) and SD Karnik, AK Thakur (both Hunters) plus a couple of others, who arrived along with him from FIS, were also, I think, the same PC.
His first Basic Stage pupils on the HT-2 were Flt Cdts DK Patel, HS Sidhu, KS Shergill & SG Inamdar, of the 83rd PC. It was perhaps the first time that the pupils & the instructor graduated as a team from Basic Stage to the Inter Stage, to fly the T6G Texans (Fg Offr Kuldip Rai Med, also came to him as a pupil, at this stage). I owed him a huge personal debt of gratitude all through my IAF journey, for all that he taught me, both in the air and on the ground; principally, he ensured that I passed out successfully, despite me & my not-so-insignificant attitude, attention, confidence and application deficits! His kind visits to me in the office when I was Vice Chief & then Member, UPSC, in 2002 & 2007, were among my moments of great pride and importance!
He was a man with a rare mix of qualities: he had a very tough, forbidding and, at times, decidedly menacing exterior (we used to call him:"Kaalon ka Kaal"...KK... for his rough language and demeanour in the cockpit) but a very warm interior full of genuine interest in & an abiding concern for each of his pupils, after the sortie. I recall a time when he asked me if I understood spoken Punjabi; when I said "no", he nearly exploded saying, "why the xxxx didn't you tell me that earlier, I wouldn't have wasted all those xxxxxxx Punjabi expletives on you in the cockpit for the last two months!"
|Remarks: From Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar Note added: 2011-06-24|
Late Air Cmde KK 'Joe' Bakshi was a wonderful personality. I first met him when he was attached to No 1 Sqn flying Mysteres