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Air Commodore Kunnathidathil Sanjeevan

Service No & Branch 5615 AE(M) (Orig: ENG)
Date of Birth: 17 Aug 1931 Commissioned: 24 Nov 1958 Course: 15 DEO Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Aug 1986 Died on 01 Mar 2019 (88 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks : CEngO HQ WAC
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Mar 1960Flt Lt : 01 Mar 1964Wg Cdr : 27 Jul 1978Acting Gp Capt : 21 Aug 1982
Gp Capt : 01 Jun 1983Air Cmde : 10 Feb 1986
Training and Other Courses Attended
25 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 22 Nov 1969
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Gp Capt
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

21 Aug 1982 - 14 Jan 1985Gp Capt5 Base Repair DepotSulur Commanding Officer
- 31 Aug 1986Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Command Engineering Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrKunnathidathil Sanjeevan5615 AE(M)Award Date 26 Jan 1979Announced 26 Jan 1979
Details :

Wing Commander Kunnathidathil Sanjeevan (5615) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in November, 1958. After passing out of Air Force Technical College as a triple trophy winner, he had held appointments as Engineering officer/Flight Engineer in fighter, helicopter and transport Squadrons. Subsequently he underwent the Defence Services Staff College Course and the Senior Technical Officers' Management Course wherein he was the winner of the Harjinder Trophy for having stood first in the course. During 1970-74, he held the appointment of Staff Officer (Tech) to three successive Air Officers-in-Charge Maintenance. At present, he is serving as Deputy Director of Engineering at Air Headquarters. As Deputy Director Engineering at Air Headquarters, Wing Commander Sanjeevan has consistently displayed singular drive and professional acumen in solving numerous problems connected with the Maintenance and operation of a type of aircraft resulting in substantial improvement in reliability of engine and appreciable reduction in failure rate.

There were two incidents of runway propeller on the type. The pilot abandoned take off and managed to stop the aircraft just in time in both cases. Air Maintenance operations with the type were, therefore, immediately suspended as a precautionary measure.

A specialist from Manufacturers was called for, who carried out detailed investigations into both these incidents. However, he could not arrive at any definite conclusion with regard to the cause for these two malfunctions. Wing Commander Sanjeevan was detailed as Leader of the Team to carry out further investigation into these two incidents. As a result of his meticulous investigations based on an exhaustive analysis of all information pertaining to the incidents, it was possible to establish the cause of malfunction beyond any doubt. Quality Control Specialist of the firm agreed with the solutions arrived at and commended him for his investigating ability. As a result, the morale of the aircrew operating the type has been raised significantly and resumption of operation for air maintenance tasks has been made possible.

With his devotion to duty and complete involvement in his profession Wing Commander Kunnathidathil Sanjeevan has rendered distinguished service of a high order, for which Rashtrapati is pleased to award him Vishisht Seva Medal.

Unit : AHQ
Reference : GoI19790126
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