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Air Marshal Keith David Kingsley Lewis

Service No 5109 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 08 Sep 1935
Date Commissioned 01 Apr 1956 Course 68 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Sep 1993
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Acting Gp Capt : 17 Apr 1978Gp Capt : 29 Aug 1979Acting Air Cmde : 09 Jan 1984Air Cmde : 19 Oct 1984
AVM : 04 Apr 1988Air Marshal : 25 Apr 1991
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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

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
17 Feb 1976 - 16 Apr 1978Wg CdrNo.1 SquadronAdampur Commanding Officer
17 Apr 1978 - 21 Aug 1979Wg Cdr8 WingAdampur COO
22 Aug 1979 - 04 Jul 1982Gp Capt14 WingChabua Station Commander
05 Jul 1982 - 05 Jan 1983Gp CaptWestern Air CommandDelhi Ops 1A
05 Jan 1983 - 23 Nov 1983Gp CaptNDCDelhi Student
07 Dec 1983 - 02 Feb 1986Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops Offensive)
03 Feb 1986 - 24 Mar 1988Air Cmde8 WingAdampur Air Officer Commanding
28 Mar 1988 - 01 Jan 1989AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Int)
02 Jan 1989 - 02 Jul 1989AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Additional Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations
03 Jul 1989 - 24 Mar 1991AVMNDCDelhi Senior Directiong Staff (Air), NDC
25 Mar 1991 - 14 Oct 1991Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
14 Oct 1991 - 30 Sep 1993Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Inspector General (Flight Inspection & Safety)
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 3
   
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrKeith David Kingsley Lewis5109 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Squadron Leader Keith David Kingsley Lewis has been a Flight Commander in a fighter squadron for over three years. He has carried out a total of over 2,100 hours of flying on jet aircraft of which nearly 450 hours fire on supersonics. He has had an accidentfree record. He has achieved a Master Green instrument rating and has also been awarded the Instrument Rating Instructor's endorsement. He has had the onerous task of training and familiarising pilots of his unit in flying in all-weather conditions. Inspired by his example, the officers and airmen under him have worked cheerfully to maintain the Squadron at a high state of operational readiness.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Keith David Kingsley Lewis displayed professional skill, leadership and devotion to duty,

Unit : 4 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeKeith David Kingsley Lewis5109 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1988Announced 26 Jan 1988
Details :

Air Commodore Keith David Kingsley Lewis was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in April 1956. He has over 4500 hours of flying to his credit and had taken active part in the 1965 and 1971 operations as a fighter pilot. During his effective flying career, he has been a flying instructor, Senior Flight Commander in fighter squadrons, commanded the legendary Tiger Squadron with distinction and was the first Group Captain Chief Operations Officer of a forward base. Subsequently, he graduated from the National Defence College.

As Air Officer Commanding of one of the most potent fighter bases in the Air Force, he applied himself to enhance its operational potential. During the period of “Operation Alert" in 1987 all fighter deployments in/out and operational tasks were undertaken with vigour and enthusiasm. The entire station willingly undertook long periods of continual watch necessary to guard against a pre­emptive enemy attack on the airfield, which would have been a prime target had war broken out. Additionally, he ensured a guaranteed ability to retaliate quickly and with precision using the offensive power of the deep penetration strike forces placed under his command. Also during this period some of the hardest flying training ever conducted was carried out by strike, air defence and missile squadrons in accurately simulated war scenarios. His own personal conduct during this period was exemplary and he strove to his utmost to ensure an instant state of operational readiness.

Air Commodore Keith David Kingsley Lewis VM has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19880126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalKeith David Kingsley Lewis5109 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1994Announced 26 Jan 1994
Details :

Air Marshal Keith David Kingsley Lewis, AVSM, VM Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 01 Apr 56. Out of a service of more than thirty seven years, he spent twenty eight years in the field. He has flown over 4500 hours accident free on single engined aircraft, mostly jets. He successfully held all important field appointments including command of the legendary No.1 Squadron and of two major Air Force Stations. For his professional competence and devotion to duties, he was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 1971. He actively participated in both the Indo-Pak wars. During 1971 Operation, the detachment of MiG-21 under his able leadership at a Northern airfield, proved crucial to the results of the war. On staff, he has held the most prestigious and demanding air staff appointments, viz, SASO of an Operational Command, Director Operations (Offensive), Director Intelligence, Addl ACAS (Ops) and Inspector General of the IAF at Air Headquarters. He has also been a Senior Directing Staff at the National Defence College. For his distinguished service as Air Officer Commanding of an Operational Wing, he was awarded AVSM in 1988.

Over and above his arduous responsibilities as IG he was appointed in 1991 as Chairman of the IAF's Diamond Jubilee Celebration Committee. He executed this task in an extremely professional manner. The celebration received favourable press coverage, thus brining the IAF closer to the people. Briefly stated, the IAF Diamond Jubilee 1992 was celebrated with the highest standards and in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

As SASO, he displayed an uncompromising commitment to the attainment of operational status of clearly evident deterrence to any potential enemy. Through relentless pursuit of this aim, the Command maintained a very potent war fighting capability of guaranteed pre-emptive and reactive capability. Furthermore, as Inspector General of the IAF, it was his perceptive vision of the compelling necessity to institute flight safety measures guaranteed to produce long term and lasting gains that a holistic appraisal was made and the present target for the entire decade of 1992 t0 2001 was set. This raised the IAF horizon from concerns about immediate gains to that of accident reduction of a more lasting nature over the long term. Likewise, in the field of inspections, the level has been elevated from single unit assessment to ascertaining the war fighting abilities of operational of operational commands in the use of air power in the Asian sub-continental scenario.

Air Marshal Keith David Kingsley Lewis, AVSM, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19940126