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Air Marshal Verinder Puri

Service No 5199 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 08 May 1937
Date Commissioned 25 Aug 1956 Course 69 Course
Service End Retired on 31 May 1995
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- Wg CdrNo.25 Squadron CO
11 Jan 1981 - 18 Apr 1984Gp CaptAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam CO
01 Feb 1986 - 01 Aug 1988Air CmdeEmbassy of India, USAWashington Air Attache
24 Oct 1988 - 24 Feb 1989Air Cmde19 WingBorjhar (Guwahati) AOC
03 Aug 1993 - 31 May 1995Air MshlTraining CommandBangalore AOC-in-C
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtVerinder Puri5199 GD(P)Award Date 20 Oct 1962Announced 26 Jan 1964
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Verinder Puri has been serving in Jammu and Kashmir area since March, 1960, and has so far carried out more than 1000 hours of operational flying in Ladakh including more than 100 hours of operational flying in one month. On 20th October 1962, in the face of extremely bad and turbulent weather conditions near Saserbarangazer, he successfully airdropped essential stores over one of the most difficult dropping zones in this area.

Flight Lieutenant Puri has displayed determination, courage and professional skill of a high order.

Unit : 43 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964.
Bar to Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrVerinder Puri5199 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1975
Details :

Squadron Leader Verinder Puri was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in August, 1956. After graduating as a Flying Instructor, he carried out instructional duties in various capacities and has a very impressive accidentfree 7,500 total hours of flying, out of which 3,500 are instructional. He achieved a proud record of three of his pupils winning the coveted Flying Trophy. He served with Aircrew Examining Board and held the highest category on three different types of aircraft and for three years he was testing pilots on the three types. He carried out his duties with great dedication and exceptional devotion to duty and was responsible to a large extent in maintaining the operational preparedness of the Transport Squadrons in the Indian Air Force. While serving at the Flying Instructors' School, Squadron Leader Puri was given the additional task of training some junior pilots on a new aircraft. He prepared all the Standard Operational Procedures and evolved the syllabus and procedures for converting these pilots. He inspired his colleagues and the airmen to a high pitch, completed the task well in time without any untoward incident.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Verinder Puri displayed courage, professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

Unit : 44 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 21st February 1975 - No.16 - Pres/75 dated 26th January 1975
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalVerinder Puri5199 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1995Announced 26 Jan 1995
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Reference : Gazette of India , 11th March 1995 - No.93 - Pres/95 dated 26th January 1995