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Air Commodore Nannakal Narayanan Amrithalingam

Service No 5413 Branch AE(L)
Date of Birth: 30 Sep 1932
Date Commissioned 20 May 1957 Course 13 DEO Course
Service End Retired on 21 Sep 1987
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1977Acting Gp Capt : 05 Jan 1981Air Cmde : 29 Nov 1985
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtNannakal Narayanan Amrithalingam5413 SIGAward Date 26 Oct 1962Announced 26 Jan 1964
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Flight Lieutenant Nanakkal Narayanan Amrithalingam has been operating as Signals Leader in one of our transport squadrons in J & K area since 1959. He has flown a total of about 1300 operational hours in this area. Undeterred by the hazards involved in the mountainous terrain, he has always volunteered for any difficult mission assigned to his squadron. With his professional ability and enthusiasm, he succeeded in raising the standard of communication in his Squadron to a high degree of efficiency.

On 26th October, 1962, while on a vital supply-dropping mission. The wireless sets in his aircraft became faulty and communications with the control center became impossible. Realizing the importance of his mission, he got down to the rectification of the defects and succeeded in re-establishing communication with the base. But for his presence of mind, the mission might have had to be abandoned and the airlift of the vital supplies to the forward dropping zone would have been delayed.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Amrithalingam displayed professional skill, courage and devotion to duty of a high order.

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Reference : Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964.
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptNannakal Narayanan Amrithalingam5413 AELAward Date 26 Jan 1985Announced 26 Jan 1985
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