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Group Captain Bipinchandra Shantaram Raje

Service No 5182 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 17 Oct 1935
Date Commissioned 25 Aug 1956 Course 69 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Oct 1987 / Died on 20 Aug 2007
Remarks : 1Sqn(65) 222Sqn(71)
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 25 Aug 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1977Acting Gp Capt : 15 Sep 1980Gp Capt : 05 Nov 1980
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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

01 Jan 1979 - Wg CdrNo.222 Squadron Commanding Officer
01 Apr 1983 - 14 Oct 1985Gp Capt27 WingBhuj Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrBipinchandra Shantaram Raje5182 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1973
Details :

Squadron Leader Bipinchandra Shantaram Raje has been serving as a Flight Commander in a fighter squadron. He was assigned responsibilities for the Squadron Daily Serviceability State and flying training. By his hard work, initiative and drive he raised the operational efficiency of his Squadron to a very high standard. During the Operations in December, 1971, he volunteered to fly some of the most arduous and dangerous missions deep into enemy territory. On his very first mission his section was attacked by enemy aircraft and his No. 2 was shot down. Despite this he continued to lead missions with great success. In the interdiction and close support roles, he did exceptionally well, revealing in uncanny ability to detect well concealed targets.

His personal ability in flying, capable leadership, operational successes, and his contribution to the Squadron, both in operations and otherwise, are of special significance to the Indian Air Force.

Unit : 222 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973