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Air Marshal Bijoy Krishna Pandey

Service No 8990 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 18 May 1944
Date Commissioned 25 Dec 1964 Course 91 Course
Service End Retired on 31 May 2004
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Gp Capt : 01 Dec 1987Air Cmde : 21 Jun 1993Acting AVM : 15 Dec 1997AVM : 15 Dec 1997
Air Marshal : 01 Aug 2001C-in-C : 14 Feb 2003
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Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

08 Sep 1986 - 03 Jul 1988Gp CaptNo.12 SquadronAgra CO
01 Jan 1989 - 01 Jan 1992Gp CaptAfghanistanKabul Air Attache
02 Jan 1995 - 08 Jan 1996Air Cmde4 WingAgra AOC
19 Dec 1997 - 06 Feb 2000AVMNational Defence AcademyPune Dy Cmdt & CI
- 13 Feb 2003Air MshlTraining CommandBangalore SASO
14 Feb 2003 - 31 May 2004Air MshlTraining CommandBangalore AOC-in-C
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtBijoy Krishna Pandey8990 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Bijoy Krishna Pandey has been serving in an operational squadron since April 1969. On 18th August 1970, he was detailed to fly on a Courier flight from Kanpur to Allahabad. After getting airborne at 1835 hours, when approximately 70 miles from Allahabad the port engine generator of the aircraft failed. The starboard propeller also started behaving in an erratic manner. The resulting violent 'snaky' motion made it difficult to control the aircraft. Unperturbed, he operated the propeller control to feathered position to check its erratic behaviour, but it kept wind-milling at low R.P.M. He then used the Auxiliary Power Plant generator to operate essential electrical service. Soon thereafter, the cockpit lights flickered and the cockpit was plunged in darkness. Smoke began to emanate from the Auxiliary Power Plant, ruling out a restart. As the sparks in the voltage regulator indicated an electric short circuit, the attempt to regain electrical power was also abandoned. By this time, the night had set in and a hand torch had to be used to scan the instruments. With vital equipment failing in quick succession, the situation was very grave. Flight Lieutenant Pandey, who had meanwhile turned back to return to base, finally succeeded in making safe single engine landing at Allahabad.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Bijoy Krishna Pandey displayed courage, high professional skill and devotion to duty.

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Reference : Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMBijoy Krishna Pandey8990 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2001Announced 26 Jan 2001
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalBijoy Krishna Pandey8990 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2004Announced 26 Jan 2004
Details : AOC-in-C TC
Unit : TC
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