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Air Commodore Minoo Vania

Service No 5508 Branch ADM
Date of Birth: 30 Aug 1935
Date Commissioned 01 Jun 1958 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Aug 1990
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
01 Mar 1983 - 31 Dec 1984Gp CaptAir Force Administrative CollegeCoimbatore Cmdt
15 Dec 1987 - 31 Aug 1990Air CmdeAir Force Administrative CollegeCoimbatore Cmdt
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Shaurya Chakra
Flt LtMinoo Vania5508 ADMAward Date 17 Feb 1967Announced 26 Jan 1968
Details :

On 17th February 1967, Flight Lieutenant Minoo Vania was on a paratrooping sortie, when he was informed by the Captain of the aircraft that a “hang up” had occurred in the aircraft flying ahead. He saw the dangling paratrooper released about 4.5 miles from the dropping zone. Apprehending that the paratrooper was probably injured by being buffeted against the aircraft fuselage and would sustain further Injuries during landing and would not get any immediate medical aid because of the inaccessible terrain, Flight Lieutenant Vania requested his Captain to drop him in that area. On landing by parachute, he found the paratrooper bleeding profusely from the right wrist where the hand had been completely severed. He managed to stop bleeding and nursed him till medical assistance became available after about 40 minutes. But for his timely help, the paratrooper would probably not have been saved.

Flight Lieutenant Minoo Vania displayed courage and Initiative.

Unit : Para Training School
Reference : Gazette of India , 6th April 1968 - No.28 - Pres/68 dated 26th January 1968
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Minoo Vania5508 ADMAward Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Squadron Leader Minoo Vania has been a Parachute Jump Instructor since 1959. He is the first Indian to complete 500 live descents. He has jumped at places ranging from the mountains of Ladakh to the breaches of the South and from jungles of NEFA to the deserts of Rajasthan. Over the last 12 years, he has been associated with series of paratrooping trials. As the Chief Instructor at the Paratroopers Training School, he has rendered commendable service.

Unit : PTS
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th May 1973 - No.28 - Pres/73 dated 26th January 1972