|Service No & Branch||6496 F(P)|
|Date of Birth: -- --- --||Commissioned: 26 May 1962||Course: 81 Course|
|Service End:||Retired on 31 Jul 1984|
|Remarks :||19Sqn 16Sqn(66) USA(71)|
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|01 Jul 1973 - 01 May 1975||Sqn Ldr||Air Force Test Pilots School||Bangalore||Officer Commanding|
|- 01 Dec 1978||Wg Cdr||32 Wing||Jodhpur||Officer in Charge Flying|
|01 Jun 1975 - 28 Oct 1976||Wg Cdr||Flight Test Squadron, ASTE||Bangalore||Commanding Officer|
|01 Mar 1978 - 01 Dec 1979||Wg Cdr||Cabinet Sect||Delhi||SO (Air)|
|01 Jan 1980 - 01 Nov 1981||Wg Cdr||No.106 Squadron||Agra||Commanding Officer|
|01 Dec 1981 - 31 Jul 1984||Wg Cdr||Defence Services Staff College||Wellington||Directing Staff|
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|Vayu Sena Medal|
|Sqn Ldr||Joseph Thomas||6496 F(P)||Award Date||Announced 26 Jan 1972|
|Details :|| |
Squadron Leader Joseph Thomas has been a pilot in the Indian Air Force for ten years.
This officer served in a reconnaissance squadron for four years. In this time he flew 230 sorties of aerial survey, which required very accurate planning and execution. Flying over rugged, mountainous terrain using inaccurate maps he achieved results of a very high standard. On two occasions when his aircraft was crippled by mechanical failures he brought back the disabled aircraft safely to base.
For his professional acumen, presence of mind and unflinching devotion to duty, Squadron Leader Thomas is awarded the Vayu Sena Medal.
|Unit : 106 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th May 1973 - No.28 - Pres/73 dated 26th January 1972|
|Date||Aircraft Type||Tail No||Pilot/Crew||Unit||Remarks|
|10 Jun 1976||Iskra TS-11||W-1762||Sqn Ldr Joseph Thomas||FTW||flight test after FT|