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Air Vice Marshal Aditya Vikram Pethia

Service No & Branch 8384 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 18 Apr 1964 Course: 87 Course Entry Mode : NCC
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 2001 Superannuated
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jul 1983Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1987Acting Air Cmde : 18 May 1992Air Cmde : 18 May 1992
AVM : 03 Mar 1997
Training and Other Courses Attended
34 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1994
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

18 Apr 1964 - 26 Sep 1964Plt OffrNo.221 SquadronKalaikunda Squadron Pilot
26 Sep 1964 - 28 Oct 1964Plt OffrNo.47 SquadronHashimara Squadron Pilot
27 Sep 1965 - 11 Nov 1965Fg OffrNo.59 SquadronDinjan Squadron Pilot
12 Nov 1965 - 07 Aug 1966Fg OffrNo.1 SquadronAdampur Squadron Pilot
08 Aug 1966 - 18 Jan 1970Flt LtNo.3 SquadronPathankot Squadron Pilot
27 Jun 1970 - 04 Dec 1971Flt LtElementary Flying SchoolBidar Flying Instructor
05 Dec 1971 - 07 May 1972Flt LtPAFRawalpindi PoW
08 May 1972 - 20 Jan 1974Sqn LdrElementary Flying SchoolBidar Flying Instructor
21 Feb 1974 - 09 Feb 1977Sqn LdrNo.31 SquadronHindan Flight Commander
10 Feb 1977 - 27 Jun 1979Sqn LdrNo.220 SquadronJodhpur Flight Commander
28 Jun 1979 - 03 Aug 1981Sqn LdrIraq AFIraq Flying Instructor
08 Aug 1981 - 17 Jun 1983Wg Cdr8 Care and Maintenance UnitBakshi-Ka-Talab (Luc Station Commander Concurrently Flt Cdr ADF
20 Oct 1987 - 07 Jul 1990Gp CaptBasic Flying Training SchoolBamrauli Commanding Officer
09 Jul 1990 - 09 Feb 1992Gp Capt1 Forward Base Support UnitAmritsar Station Commander
10 Feb 1992 - 02 Jan 1994Air CmdeAFS HakimpetHakimpet Air Officer Commanding
28 Nov 1994 - 17 Dec 1995Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Joint Director, Flying Training
18 Dec 1995 - 02 Mar 1997Air Cmde32 WingJodhpur Air Officer Commanding
- No.31 Squadron Commodore Commandant
03 Mar 1997 - 14 Feb 1999AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Director Training
15 Feb 1999 - 16 Jul 2000AVMEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
17 Jul 2000 - 30 Sep 2001AVMAir Force Naval Housing BoardDelhi Director General
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Flt LtAditya Vikram Pethia8384 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1973
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Aditya Vikram Pethia served with a Fighter-Bomber Squadron in the Western Sector. On 5th December, 1971, he was detailed as leader of a tactical reconnaissance mission over Chistian Mandi to seek and destroy enemy armour vehicles. He spotted a train moving towards Bhaval Nagar transporting about 15 tanks. Despite heavy enemy ground fire, he made two attacks on the train and destroyed two enemy trains. Unmindful of his personal safety, he made another attack to silence the enemy anti-aircraft gun. However, his aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire and crashed.

Flight Lieutenant Aditya Vikram Pethia displayed gallantry and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 31 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 16th June 1973 - No.37 - Pres/73 dated 26th January 1973

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
05 Dec 1971Mystere IVaIA-954Flt Lt Aditya Vikram Pethia
31 SqnSD AAA 0715 Hrs Bh
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