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Air Marshal Vinod Kumar Bhatia

Service No 6497 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 05 Oct 1942
Date Commissioned 26 May 1962 Course 81 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Oct 2002
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 May 1980Gp Capt : 30 Nov 1984Air Cmde : 01 Feb 1989Acting AVM : 21 Mar 1994
AVM : 21 Mar 1994Air Marshal : 01 Feb 1996C-in-C : 22 Dec 1997
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

05 Jan 1981 - 01 May 1983Wg CdrNo. 220 SquadronJodhpur CO
- Air Cmde1 WingSrinagar AOC
25 Mar 1988 - 31 Aug 1988Air Cmde8 WingAdampur AOC
01 Jun 1994 - 01 Jun 1996AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi ACAS (Ops)
01 Feb 1996 - 31 May 1996Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi IG(FS)
01 Jul 1996 - 21 Dec 1997Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi SASO
22 Dec 1997 - 31 Oct 1999Air MshlCentral Air CommandAllahabad AOC-in-C
01 Nov 1999 - 31 Jul 2001Air MshlSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar AOC-in-C
01 Aug 2001 - 28 Apr 2002Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi AOC-in-C
29 Apr 2002 - 31 Oct 2002Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi IG(FS)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Vir Chakra
Flt LtVinod Kumar Bhatia6497 GD(P)Award Date 08 Sep 1965Announced 01 Jan 1966
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan, Flight Lieutenant Vinod Kumar Bhatia was serving in an Operational Squadron in the Lahore Sector. He flew 18 operational sorties in that Sector. On 8th September, 1965, Flight Lieutenant Bhatia flew as No. 2 in a formation of four Mystere aircraft on a ground attack strike mission. In the face of very heavy and concentrated enemy fire, Flight Lieutenant Bhatia, totally unmindful of the danger, to which he was exposed, pressed home repeated attacks on the enemy tanks and gun positions and destroyed two tanks.

The courage and determination displayed by Flight Lieutenant Vinod Kumar Bhatia were in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Unit : 8 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 12th February 1966 - No.15 - Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966
Bar to Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrVinod Kumar Bhatia6497 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971, Squadron Leader Vinod Kumar Bhatia was a flight commander of a Fighter Bomber Squadron. He flew a large number of missions deep inside enemy territory and brought back useful information. He also led three deep-penetration counter air strikes against enemy airfields, which were heavily defended by Anti Aircraft Guns. On his subsequent missions, notwithstanding heavy ground fire and patrolling by enemy aircraft, he pressed home his attacks. He was responsible for the destruction of three enemy aircraft and numerous other military installations on the ground. He also carried out interdiction missions disrupting enemy lines of communication. In addition, he provided close air support to our ground forces.

Throughout the operations, Squadron Leader Vinod Kumar Bhatia displayed gallantry, determination and professional skill of a high order.

Unit : 32 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.76 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeVinod Kumar Bhatia6497 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1992Announced 26 Jan 1992
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalVinod Kumar Bhatia6497 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1998Announced 26 Jan 1998
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