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Air Marshal Prakash Sadashivrao Pingale

Service No 6755 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 15 Mar 1941
Date Commissioned 10 Nov 1962 Course 82 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Mar 2001
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Gp Capt : 16 Jul 1985Air Cmde : 01 Mar 1989Air Marshal : 16 Oct 1996
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

02 Jul 1979 - 25 Jun 1981Wg CdrNo.20 SquadronHindon CO
30 Jun 1986 - 27 Nov 1988Gp CaptHunter Operational Flying Training UnitKalaikunda CO
02 Jul 1990 - 01 Jan 1992Air CmdeAFS HakimpetHakimpet AOC
24 Dec 1992 - 18 Sep 1994Air Cmde5 WingKalaikunda AOC
19 Sep 1994 - 26 Mar 1995AVMSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur SOA
27 Mar 1995 - 15 Oct 1996AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi ACAS (Inspection)
16 Oct 1996 - 30 Sep 1999Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi IG(FS)
01 Oct 1999 - 31 Mar 2001Air MshlSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar SASO
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Vir Chakra
Fg OffrPrakash Sadashivrao Pingale6755 GD(P)Award Date 16 Sep 1965Announced 22 Sep 1965
Details :

On the 16th September 1965, Flying Officer Prakash Pingale led a section of two aircraft on a “scramble” mission. His section engaged a Pakistani F-86 aircraft, which was also under its own radar control. With great skill, Flying Officer Pingale manoeuvred his section behind the enemy aircraft when he noticed another Sabre jet coming in to attack. He immediately changed his position and shot down the enemy aircraft, which he had engaged earlier. Then he turned to the other enemy aircraft and flying with great skill and accuracy, engaged it and shot it down also.

The skill and leadership displayed by Flying Officer Pingale in this air combat were in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Unit : 7 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.133 - Pres/65 dated 22nd September 1965
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptPrakash Sadashivrao Pingale6755 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1988
Details :

Group Captain Prakash Sadashiv Pingale took over the Command of Operational Conversion Unit in June, 1986. The unit conducts flying training of ex-Air Force Academy pilots on to an advanced fighter aircraft. This training is required to be completed in one year and at any one time two courses undergo training simultaneously. When Group Captain Pingale took over the Command, he had three courses to train. Keeping the low serviceability of over thirty year old Hunter aircraft in view, this was a stupendous task. Group Captain Pingale got down to tackle this problem with exemplary earnestness.

He exhorted the technical personnel to bring up the serviceability of the Hunter fleet. With his personal liaison with Command Headquarters and the repair agency for Hunter aircraft, he was able to ensure regular supply of rotables and clearance of long outstanding AOGs. These efforts resulted in the serviceability of the Hunter fleet from 25% to 55% in a short period of six months. Using his managerial skills, Group captain Pingale spaced out the training schedule of the three courses undergoing training at Operational Conversion Unit. With his own efforts and personal example, he not only cleared the backlog of flying training but also ensured completion of the two courses of pilots 15 days and three months ahead of schedule.

Group Captain Pinagle displayed an extremely high level of skill and devotion to duty of an exceptional order. His efforts went a long way in maintaining the regular flow of pilots to our front line Fighter Squadrons and in enhancing the operational capability of the Indian Air Force.

For his tremendous zeal and devotion to duty of an exceptional order, in the best tradition of the Air Force, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Group Captain PS Pingale.

Unit : OCU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 2nd April 1988 - No.24-Pres/88 dated 26th January 1988
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMPrakash Sadashivrao Pingale6755 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1998Announced 26 Jan 1998
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPrakash Sadashivrao Pingale6755 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2001Announced 26 Jan 2001
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Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
06 Sep 1965Hunter F56BA-289Fg Offr Prakash S Pingale
7Shot down by F-86 near Halwara