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Air Marshal Adi Rustom Ghandhi

Service No 7722 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 16 Jun 1944
Date Commissioned 28 Oct 1963 Course 85 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Jun 2004
Remarks :
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
01 Oct 1963 - 01 Jun 1964Plt OffrNo.220 SquadronPoona Sqn Pilot
01 Jun 1964 - 01 Oct 1965Fg OffrNo.7 SquadronHalwara Sqn Pilot
01 Oct 1965 - 01 Jan 1966Fg OffrNo.18 SquadronAmbala Sqn Pilot
01 Jan 1966 - 25 Feb 1967Flt LtNo.9 SquadronHalwara Sqn Pilot
25 Feb 1967 - 01 Aug 1968Flt LtNo.22 SquadronBareilly Sqn Pilot
01 Aug 1968 - 24 Dec 1970Flt LtNo.22 SquadronKalaikunda Sqn Pilot
24 Dec 1970 - 17 Jan 1971Flt LtNo.8 SquadronChandigarh Sqn Pilot
17 Jan 1971 - 02 Jul 1972Flt LtNo.8 SquadronPoona Sqn Pilot
02 Jul 1972 - 01 Dec 1973Flt LtNo.3 SquadronHindon Sqn Pilot
01 Dec 1973 - 16 Dec 1974Flt LtNo.3 SquadronPathankot Sqn Pilot
16 Dec 1974 - 30 Jan 1975Sqn LdrTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Sqn Pilot
30 Jan 1975 - 15 May 1978Sqn LdrNo.21 SquadronPune Sqn Pilot
15 May 1978 - 10 Dec 1979Sqn LdrNo.15 SquadronPune Sqn Pilot
10 Dec 1979 - 09 May 1981Wg CdrNo.15 SquadronPune CO
09 May 1981 - 17 Nov 1981Wg CdrNo.15 SquadronBhuj CO
17 Nov 1981 - 23 Jan 1984Wg CdrDeputation to Nigeria 
23 Jan 1984 - 08 Jul 1985Wg CdrTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar 
08 Jul 1985 - 03 Feb 1986Gp CaptCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad 
03 Feb 1986 - 01 Jun 1988Gp CaptCollege of CombatMHOW 
01 Jun 1988 - 21 Nov 1991Gp Capt2 WingPune COO
21 Nov 1991 - 01 Jan 1994Air Cmde40 WingMaharajpur (Gwalior) AOC
01 Jan 1994 - 02 Jan 1995Air CmdeDASIDelhi 
02 Jan 1995 - 08 Jan 1996Air CmdeNational Defence CollegeDelhi 
08 Jan 1996 - 01 Oct 1996Air CmdeDASIDelhi 
01 Oct 1996 - 20 Jul 1998AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Addl ACAS (Ops)
20 Jul 1998 - 01 Sep 1999AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi ACAS (PO)
01 Sep 1999 - 31 Mar 2001AVMCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Cmdt
01 Apr 2001 - 20 Jan 2002Air MshlSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar SASO
20 Jan 2002 - 18 Apr 2002Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi SASO
29 Apr 2002 - 16 Nov 2003Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi AOC-in-C
17 Nov 2003 - 30 Jun 2004Air MshlSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar AOC-in-C
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 3
   
Vir Chakra
Fg OffrAdi Rustom Ghandhi7722 GD(P)Award Date 06 Sep 1965Announced 10 Sep 1965
Details : On the 6th September, 1965, Flying Officer Adi Rustomji Ghandhi was number two in a section of two aircraft on a Combat Air Patrol sortie over Halwara. Two other aircraft were also airborne on the same mission for mutual cover. Suddenly four Pakistani F-86 aircraft sneaked in low to attack the airfield and pulled up just behind Flying Officer Ghandhi’s section. One of the enemy Sabres shot down his leader before it was spotted. Undeterred by his sudden misfortune, Flying Officer Ghandhi skillfully manoeuvred his aircraft got behind the F-86 aircraft and shot it down. Thereafter, overwhelmed by numbers, he was himself shot down. The Sabres were however driven off, the enemy attack foiled, and our airfield, aircraft and ground installations escaped damage. In this operation Flying Officer Ghandhi displayed commendable courage in the face of the enemy.
Unit : 7 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.131 - Pres/65 dated 10th September 1965
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeAdi Rustom Ghandhi7722 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1994Announced 26 Jan 1994
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalAdi Rustom Ghandhi7722 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2003Announced 26 Jan 2003
Details : AOC-in-C WAC
Unit : WAC
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Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
06 Sep 1965Hunter F56BA-251Fg Offr Adi Rustom Gandhi
7Shot down by F-86 near Halwara