Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Air Commodore Ghanshyam Singh Thapa

Service No & Branch 6003 F(N)
Date of Birth: 13 Jan 1938 Commissioned: 15 Dec 1960 Course: 18 NAV Course
Service End: Retired on 29 Feb 1992 Superannuated Died on 10 Dec 2015 (77 Years age)
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 15 Dec 1965Wg Cdr : 01 Nov 1979Gp Capt : 01 Jul 1984Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1988
Training and Other Courses Attended
15 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1958
Badges Qualified
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

19 Feb 1966 - 04 Sep 1970Flt LtNo.5 Squadron Squadron Navigator
05 Sep 1970 - 06 May 1974Sqn LdrNo.35 Squadron Squadron Navigator
07 May 1974 - 13 Feb 1977Sqn LdrNo.44 Squadron Squadron Navigator
14 Feb 1977 - 30 Apr 1981Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi JD INT (S)
29 Jun 1981 - 04 Jan 1983Wg Cdr253 Signal UnitBarrackpore Commanding Officer
05 Jan 1983 - 02 May 1985Gp Capt511 Signal UnitDinjan Station Commander
09 Apr 1985 - 30 Mar 1987Gp Capt47 Signal UnitWadsar Station Commander
01 Apr 1987 - 03 Jan 1988Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Chief Personnel Staff Officer
04 Jan 1988 - 31 Dec 1989Air CmdeAFS New DelhiRace Course Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrGhanshyam Singh Thapa6003 F(N)Award Date 04 Dec 1971Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Ghanshyam Singh Thapa served with a Bomber Squadron. He was the lead Navigator of a formation of four Bomber aircraft that carried out the first bombing attack, on the night of the 3rd/4th December, 1971, deep into the enemy territory, over the vitally located and well defended Pakistan Air Force base of Masroor. He navigated the aircraft to the target despite very heavy ground fire. He dropped all the bombs with precision causing heavy damage. Throughout, Squadron Leader Ghanshyam Singh Thapa displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 35 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972
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