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Air Marshal Kodendera Cariappa Cariappa

Service No 5376 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 14 Jan 1938
Date Commissioned 29 May 1957 Course 72 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Jan 1996
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1978Acting Gp Capt : 27 Oct 1980Air Cmde : 07 Oct 1985AVM : 02 Jul 1990
Acting Air Marshal : 16 Mar 1994Air Marshal : 18 Oct 1993C-in-C : 06 Jun 1994
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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 Feb 1969 - 25 Jun 1972Sqn LdrNo.111 Helicopter UnitHashimara CO
01 Jun 1976 - 01 Dec 1976Wg CdrNo.8 SquadronPune CO
01 Jun 1982 - 01 Feb 1985Gp Capt14 WingChabua Stn Cdr
01 Jan 1989 - 01 Jun 1990Air Cmde40 WingMaharajpur (Gwalior) AOC
01 Jun 1992 - 01 Jan 1994AVMAdvance HQ, Western Air CommandChandimandir AOC
- 31 May 1994Air MshlEastern Air CommandShillong SASO
06 Jun 1994 - 31 Jan 1996Air MshlSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur AOC-in-C
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrKodendera Cariappa Cariappa5376 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1973
Details :

Squadron Leader Kodendera Cariappa Cariappa was commissioned in the Air Force in May, 1957. He did 1000 hours of operational flying before undergoing the Flying Instructors' course in 1963. He stood first in merit in flying at Flying Instructors' School. At the flying training school where he was posted during 1963-65, he flew over 1000 hours and proved himself as an outstanding instructor. During the 1965 operations, while serving in a fighter squadron, he carried out several missions at a great personal risk before he was shot down and taken prisoner of war. Since taking over as Officer Commanding of a Helicopter Unit in February 1969, he devoted himself to the task of bringing the squadron to a high state of operational efficiency and readiness. Under his inspiring leadership, the squadron's pilots have carried out long hours of day and night flying. He has carried out dangerous missions over Mizo Hills and Nagaland areas without regard for his personal safety. He streamlined the administration of the unit which yielded immediate results by way of improved functional efficiency.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Kodendera Cariappa Cariappa displayed professional skill, leadership and devotion to duty.

Unit : 111 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalKodendera Cariappa Cariappa5376 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1995Announced 26 Jan 1995
Details : AOC-in-C SWAC
Unit : SWAC
Reference : Gazette of India , 11th March 1995 - No.93 - Pres/95 dated 26th January 1995

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
22 Sep 1965Hunter F56Flt Lt K C Cariappa
20Shotdown by AA fire Lahore