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Air Marshal Sharadkumar Ramakrishna Deshpande

Service No 5694 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 28 Nov 1939
Date Commissioned 29 May 1959 Course 75 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Nov 1997
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Nov 1978Acting Gp Capt : 27 Jul 1981Gp Capt : 01 Jun 1982Acting Air Cmde : 11 Nov 1988
Air Cmde : 01 Feb 1987Acting AVM : 02 Dec 1991AVM : 02 Dec 1991Air Marshal : 31 Dec 1993
C-in-C : 01 Feb 1996
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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

- 31 May 1994Air MshlSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur SASO
01 Mar 1994 - 31 Jan 1996Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi DCAS
01 Feb 1996 - 30 Nov 1997Air MshlSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur AOC-in-C
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrSharadkumar Ramakrishna Deshpande5694 F(P)Award Date 15 Apr 1974Announced 26 Jan 1976
Details : On 15th April 1974 Squadron Leader Sharadkumar Ramkrishna Deshpande was flying as a check instructor in a formation on a supersonic aircraft. While at 6000 metres height at a speed of 850 Km per hour, the canopy perspex, shattered and flying pieces broke his helmet visor and caused, injury to his neck and right shoulder. The Radio Telephony also went dead as its lead broke off. He however managed to connect it and tried to transmit the nature of emergency, but owing to very high noise level he could not receive any reply. As there was no protection for his eyes from the heavy air blast, his vision was blurred. He reduced, speed and managed to align the aircraft with the runway, land safety and saved a valuable aircraft. In this action. Squadron Leader Sharadkumar Ramkrishna Deshpande displayed great courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
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Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeSharadkumar Ramakrishna Deshpande5694 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1991Announced 26 Jan 1991
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalSharadkumar Ramakrishna Deshpande5694 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1996Announced 26 Jan 1996
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