Awards for the year 1971


A total of 96 Awards are listed.
Padma Vibhushan : 1 | Param Vishist Seva Medal : 3 | Maha Vir Chakra : 4 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 12 | Vir Chakra : 3 | Vayu Sena Medal : 44 | Vishist Seva Medal : 29 |
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Puthettu Mani Kurien 5666 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Puthettu Mani Kurien served with an operational squadron for a period of one and a half years. During this period, he carried out intensive operational flying recording 1,200 hours. In his 11 years of service, he has flown a total of 6,828 hours of which 2,500 hours are on operational sorties and 2,350 hours on instructional duties.

His untiring efforts towards training young Squadron pilots up to operational status brought about considerable improvement in the Squadron's operational capability. Inspite of adverse conditions, all operational tasks assigned to the Squadron were successfully completed.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Puthettu Mani Kurien displayed professional, skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Surendranath Kedarnath Gupta 5681 F(P)Unit : Fighter Training Wing  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Surendranath Kedarnath Gupta has been in Training Command as a Qualified Flying Instructor since April 1965. During this period, he has flown a total of 1645 hours of which 1,352 hours were on instructional duties. He has a total of 3,020 flying hours to his credit. On 26th June 1969, he was detailed to ferry a jet aircraft from Hakimpet to Kanpur. When about 70 miles from Nagpur, he experienced severe engine vibrations, which compelled him to reduce power, which in turn caused the aircraft to lose height. Despite this, the vibrations became more severe. On descending to about 10,000 feet, he estimated that by shutting down the engine to prevent further damage he would still be able to land at Nagpur airfield. He thereupon switched off the engine and brought the aircraft down to an engine­off landing at Nagpur airfield, and thus saved the aircraft.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Surendranath Kedarnath Gupta displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Joginder Singh 5773 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Joginder Singh has been serving in an operational Wing since July 1969. As Wing Navigation Briefing Officer, he organised the Station Briefing Room, Operations Room and intelligence Room. He also served for three and a half years in an operational Squadron and logged approximately 1,600 hours of flying. He successfully completed a course abroad on a new type of aircraft and his performance was adjudged as 'exceptional'. In his 10 ½ years of service, he has flown about 5,500 hours, which include approximately 800 hours of night flying.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Joginder Singh displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Surendra Kumar Kaushik 5929 F(N)Unit : AirHQ Communications Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Surendra Kumar Kaushik has been posted to an operational Squadron since June 1965. During this period, while on a course abroad for conversion on to a new type of aircraft his performance was rated 'exceptional'. In the Squadron, besides his normal operational assignments, he has been responsible for training of newly posted Navigators. He has over 1,900 hours of flying to his credit. In the earlier assignments in the Eastern Sector, he had flown over 900 hours in difficult terrain. During his tenure as instructor in the Navigation School, most of his pupils passed out with high positions in the Course. He holds the Instructional Category 'A-2'. Throughout, Squadron Leader Surendra Kumar Kaushik displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Jogendra Chandra Hazarika 5869 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Flight Lieutenant, (now Squadron Leader) Jogendra Chandra Hazarika has been a Flying Instructor since November 1965. During this period, he has flown approximately 1,600 hours, which include about 1,300 hours of instructional flying. Prior to his posting as an Instructor, he was serving in an operational Squadron in NEFA. He worked with zeal, imagination and devotion and made considerable contribution towards the flying standards of the Squadron. His performance during the Chinese aggression in 1962 was creditable.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Jogendra Chandra Hazarika displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Veluyadhan Gireesh Kumar 6747 F(N)Unit : AirHQ Communications Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Velayudhannair Girish Kumar has been serving with an operational Squadron since August 1966. In this Squadron, he has flown over 1,650 hours. In an earlier tenure with another operational Squadron, he carried out a number of trial landings at hitherto unused airfields. He flew numerous supply dropping missions in NEFA. During the earthquake in Nepal in 1966, he did commendable work in connection with reconnaissance flights and setting up of dropping zones. He has flown over 4,200 hours without accident.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Velayudhannair Girish Kumar displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Chandrakant Nijanand Bal 7401 F(P)Unit : No.106 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Chandrakant Nijanand Bal has been serving with an operational Squadron since April 1967. He has flown a total of 1,710 hours. On 22nd January 1970, while returning from a mission at 40,000 ft. he observed an excessive voltage reading and immediately isolated the battery. This was followed by a sudden electrical flash and total electrical failure. He was forced to descend and divert to another airfield, flying with the help of a torch and an emergency light and steering with the help of a small emergency compass. During this descent both engines flamed out once and the starboard engine flamed out thrice at low altitude. Relighting of the engines was successful each time only because he had conserved the battery. He ensured a touchdown at the correct speed and at the beginning of the runway without any damage to the aircraft. By his presence of mind and skilful handling of the situation, he not only saved a valuable aircraft, but also the lives of the crew.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Chandrakant Nijanand Bal displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Yoginder Prakash 8168 F(P)Unit : No.11 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Yoginder Prakash has been serving in a Helicopter Unit in the Mizo Hills since November 1968. He has about 1,400 hours of operational flying to his credit under difficult flying conditions in hilly terrain. He has shown remarkable initiative and courage both on the ground and in the air. He has successfully carried out numerous special helicopter borne operations. In evacuating casualties from very small helipads, he has displayed great professional skill. His flying career has been accident-free.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Yoginder Prakash displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Bijoy Krishna Pandey 8990 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
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.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Sohan Singh Heer 9055 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 18 Dec 69 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Flight Lieutenant Sohan Singh Heer has been serving in an operational Squadron since July 1967. On 18th December 1969, he was detailed to fly as No. 2 in a four aircraft formation. During the out­bound­leg when the formation was approximately 110 nautical miles away from base, his aircraft was struck by a large bird on the port side of the cockpit. The cockpit was extensively damaged leaving a big hole. His left collar bone was fractured rendering his left arm completely unusable. His crash helmet visor was smeared with blood and small pieces of bird flesh obstructed his vision. The radio aerial had broken with the bird's impact, thus causing total loss of radio communications. Undaunted by his personal injuries and the hazards, he broke off from the formation, set course towards his base and put his radar transponder to "distress" and navigated the aircraft to base and executed a safe landing.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Sohan Singh Heer displayed determination and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Samar Bikram Shah 9413 F(P)Unit : No.29 Squadron  Award Date 16 Mar 70 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Somar Bikram Shah has been serving in an operational Squadron since September 1968. He was detailed to fly on an exercise on the night of 16th March 1970.

On completion of the exercise, he rejoined the circuit to land. When he lowered the under carriage on the down wind leg at a height of 500 metres above ground level, his ailerons jammed and the aircraft rolled over to left and began to lose height. However, by dint of sheer force, he regained partial control of the aircraft and managed to get it into straight and level flight at a very low altitude. He then retracted the under­carriage and climbed upto 1,000 metres prior to making a second attempt to land. This he did by skillfully handling the controls, without any damage to the aircraft. Having recovered control of the aircraft, he would have been justified in abandoning it at a safe altitude, in view of the emergency he had experienced earlier. But with courage and skill, he successfully brought down the aircraft safely.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Somar Bikram Shah displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Sushil Agnihotri 9805 F(P)Unit : No.10 Squadron  Award Date 07 Oct 69 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Flying Officer (now Flight Lieutenant) Sushil Agnihotri has been serving in an operational Squadron since December 1968. On 7th October 1969, he was detailed to fly on a Sector reconnaissance sortie. On completion of the exercise, he joined the circuit for a landing. On the downwind leg, the undercarriage did not lock down due to a total hydraulic failure. He immediately selected the flying controls to manual and lowered the under­carriage with the emergency system. As he operated the flaps with the emergency system, the aircraft started a vicious roll to the left due to differential flap lowering. He tried to keep the aircraft under control, but the force required on the control column was so great that he was barely able to hold the aircraft level. He also observed that the brake accumulator pressure had gone down. He was by this time, running short of fuel. He decided to abandon the aircraft and transmitted a radio message to this effect. As he was attempting to head the aircraft in a safe direction and was gaining height to eject, he found that he could control the aircraft with only a slight and gradual loss of direction. Noticing this, he revised his decision to abandon the aircraft and decided to make one more attempt to land. The flying controls were in manual and even the aileron trimmer was not available to him. The brake pressure remained low and he was by now very short of fuel. However, he touched down right at the beginning of the runway, streamed the tail chute and shut down the engine. By judicious application of brakes, he managed to slow down the aircraft but then the brakes failed. Eventually, the aircraft went off the runway at very low speed and came to a stop without any damage.

Throughout, Flying Officer Sushil Agnihotri displayed professional skill, courage and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal
MWO Ajit Kishore Gupta 18733 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details : 18733 Master Warrant Officer Ajit Kishore Gupta has been serving in a transport Squadron since October 1963. He has flown a total of 4,981 hours out of which 1,396 hours have been on operations in the Jammu and Kashmir, NEFA and Nagaland areas. He has frequently volunteered for difficult and hazardous flying mission. He has achieved a high standard of professional skill. As a load master he has been instrumental in devising new techniques for loading and unloading aircraft thereby greatly increasing efficiency while improving the safety of aircraft.

Throughout, Master Warrant Officer Ajit Kishore Gupta displayed a high standard of professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
MWO Maleitra Ponappa Achappa 22860 ORUnit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

22860 Warrant Officer Maletira Achappa Ponappa has been serving in a Transport Squadron since 1961. He has flown a total of 5,320 hours of which 2,190 hours are on operational flying in the Ladakh and NEFA Sectors. During the Chinese aggression in October 1962, he was load master of an aircraft which carried vital Army equipment to a high altitude forward landing ground. He exhibited much skill in speedy and safe unloading, using an unorthodox method with improvised equipment. He has carried out more than 530 sorties and over 510 supply dropping missions in Ladakh and NEFA areas. On 14th March, 1963, while on a supply mission in Ladakh, his aircraft suffered a technical failure in which one of the elevator control cables snapped. Only a part of the load could be dropped, the remainder which was stuck, on the transporters prevented the cargo doors from closing. He took prompt action and manually ejected the load single handed, as the ejection crew had collapsed due to lack of oxygen. Although himself exhausted, he closed the cargo doors and then carried the unconscious members of the ejection crew to the crew cabin and administered oxygen to revive them. Immediately thereafter he was called upon by the Captain to assist with the controls. With his timely help, it was possible for the aircraft to be brought back to base.

Throughout Warrant Officer Maletira Achappa Ponnappa displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal
WO Satnam Singh Walia 400498 ORUnit : No.6 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

400498 Warrant Signaller Satnam Singh Walia has been serving with a transport Squadron since September 1961. He has flown a total of 4,770 hours including 2,900 hours on operational missions in Jammu and Kashmir and NEFA. He has also assisted in training the new Signallers. He has always volunteered for additional missions and extra commitments, which has been a source of inspiration to his colleagues.

Throughout, Warrant Signaller Satnam Singh Walia displayed professional skill and devotion lo duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
WO Trevor Edwin Gade 400612 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
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400612 Warrant Flight Engineer Trevor Edwin Gade has been serving in an operational Squadron since May 1961. During this period he has flown a total of 4,140 hours of which 2,225 hours have been on operational sorties in Ladakh and NEFA. During the India-Pakistan conflict of 1965, he flew a total of 102 hours on operational missions, completely disregarding his personal comforts. A number of aircraft which were stranded in forward areas were retrieved as a result of rectifications carried out by him under adverse weather and most trying conditions.

Throughout, Warrant Flight Engineer Trevor Edwin Gade displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Bar to Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Narinder Singh Arora 4983 F(P)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

On 9th September 1969, Squadron Leader Narinder Singh Arora was conducting an aircrew categorisation test in a transport aircraft. During the flight, the aircraft suddenly skidded to the left. He and the second pilot, who was undergoing the test, struggled with the controls in an effort to keep the aircraft on an even keel. Having ensured that all the engines were functioning normally, he tried to trim the rudder with his trimming control but there was no response. Due to mechanical defect, the rudder trimmer had moved to fhe fully left position and was not responding to corrections. In spite of the efforts of both the pilots, the aircraft continued to lose direction and height. The incident occurred at a height of 2.3 KM and 15 miles west of the airfield. Eventually, Squadron Leader Arora fertrhered No. 4 engine and increased power of No. 1 aind this combination gave him just enough directional control to bring the aircraft down to a safe landing.

In this action, Squadron Leader Arora displayed cool courage and high professional still and thus saved a valuable aircraft and the lives of its crew.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Jagdish Chandra Sengupta 3657 F(P)Unit : 2 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Group Captain Jagdish Chandra Sengupta (3657) General Duties (Pilot) was com missioned in the Indian Air Force was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in September, 1949. After completing a tour in operational units, he qualified as a flying instructor and carried out instructional duties with distinction for a number of years. Thereafter, he held several important flying appointments, including that of a Squadron Commander. Till recently he was in command of an important repair depot.

As Officer Commanding the depot, Wing Commander Sengupta fostered a feeling of spirit-de-corps amongst his men. Through able leadership and sustained hard work, he was able to double the annual production rate. He was also quick to realize that to sustain a substantial increase in production, it will be necessary to plan production on scientific basis. He, therefore, laid down guide-lines for controlled production and planning and introduced modern methods of programme evaluation. This achievement is all the more commendable because Wing Commander Sengupta had no previous experience in the management of large technical organization, such as the depot.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Leslie Desmond Chater 2468 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Wing Commander Leslie Desmond Chater (2468) Administrative and Special Duties was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in June 1943. During his long service career, he has held with distinction many important appointments, including those of the Senior Personnel Staff Officer of a Command Headquarters and the Senior Administrative Officer of a Group Headquarters. At present he is commanding a Ground Training School, where his work has been outstanding in every way. By his hard work, sound planning and meticulous care he has succeeded in bringing about conspicuous improvement in all facets of administration and the standard of training. He has displayed organizing ability and leadership and by his personal example has been an inspiration to his officers and men.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Sasidharan Nair 3669 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Wing Commander Sasidharan Nair (3669) Accounts joined the Indian Air Force as an airman on 3rd March 1945 and was commissioned as an officer on 28th August, 1949.

After early years of service as an Accounts Officer at various Stations and Wings, he became the Senior Instructor in Accounts at the Air Force Administrative College, where he was responsible for the training of new Accounts Officers for the Air Force. Thereafter, he served as the Deputy to the Command Accounts Officer at a Command Headquarters and as the Commands Accounts Officer of another Command. For his good work, he was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff in 1966.

In Wing Commander Nair's present appointments at an Air Command, there was a large number of stores transactions awaiting finalization. This backlog had accumulated in the wake of the Chinese aggression in 1962 and the Indo-Pakistan hostilities in 1965, because the units concerned had changed from peace-time accounting procedures to operational procedures and finally reverted to peace time procedures after the two conflicts. Using bold and unconventional methods, he was responsible for clearing 2400 out of 2500 cases in a period of 18 months. He has also initiated a system in the Command, whereby Station Commanders can easily watch the trend of expenditure under locally controlled heads, thereby reducing wasteful expenditure.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Manakal Narayana Iyer Sundaresan 3785 ENGUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Wing Commander Manaklal Narayana Iyer Sunderasan (3785) Technical/Engineering was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in May 1950. On graduation from the Air Force Technical College, he filled a number of engineering appointments in various operational units with distinction. Later, he was appointed as the Deputy Director of Technical Services at Air Headquarters. At present he is serving as the Senior Maintenance Staff Officer at a Command Headquarters.

As Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Wing Commander Sunderasan has displayed singular drive and high professional acumen. He has devised methods to improve serviceability of aircraft at all flying stations under the Command Headquarters. Further, his initiative has led to the procurement of various important maintenance items from indigenous sources. He has also streamlined the maintenance administration at all levels, thus eliminating considerable waste in manhours and material.

Wing Commander Sunderasan has also been responsible for modification of trainer aircraft to increase its reliability. He has also planned and supervised the intensive trials of a new type of aircraft in a flying training school.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Tapas Kumar Ukil 3911 ENGUnit : Fighter Training Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Wing Commander Tapas Kumar Ukil (3911) Technical/Engineering was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in July 1950. At present he is serving in a Flying Training Wing as its Chief Technical Officer. Since taking up his appointment at the Training Wing in October, 1968, Wing Commander Ukil has done much to improve the maintenance and serviceability of aircraft, in spite of shortage of manpower and

materials. He has reorganized the technical sections of the Wing, and has applied new techniques of planning and control to speed up the inspection and servicing of aircraft. It has been largely due to his intelligent and dedicated work that the Wing has met all its flying tasks in full. He has also brought about a marked economy in the consumption of spares required for the maintenance of aircraft.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Ashok Ray 4210 F(N)Unit : No.69 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Wing Commander Ashok Ray (4210) General Duties (Navigator) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 12th January, 1952. He was employed as a Navigator in several operational units of the Air Force. All through, he had the reputation of being an accurate and purposeful Navigator. He worked with credit as a Navigator in a Night Fighter Squadron, Navigation Leaders in another operational Squadron and Assistant Director (Navigation) at Air Headquarters.

Since 1966 Wing Commander Ray has been working in a guided weapons complex. He formed a new Combat Squadron and set up the Guided Weapons Firing Range. He was associated with the siting and planning of the range from the very beginning and gave very valuable guidance in techniques, maintenance and practical training to Guided Weapons units visiting the Range. Later, he took over the command of another Guided Weapons Squadron where the project work was still under construction. He saw to it that the project was completed in time and that it conformed to the highest standards. At the same time, he brought up the Squadron to a very high level of operational and technical proficiency.

Wing Commander Ray has high practical ability and a large capacity for planning and organization. His Squadron secured the highest marks in Firing Exercises, both in 1969 and 1970, and showed excellent results in the exercises organized by his Command Headquarters.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Shyam Chand Mehra 4290 SIGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Wing Commander Shyam Chander Mehra (4290) Technical/Signals was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 26th February 1952.

After training at the Air Force Technical College, he has been employed in various operational units of the Indian Air Force. He has also been Commanding Officer of the Technical Wing of a Wireless Experimental Centre. At present he is serving in a Surface to Air Guided Weapon Unit, where he has been in Command since March 1969.

During October, 1969, a major fault was detected in the auto-pilot units of the weapon with which Wing Commander Mehra's unit is equipped. He successfully analysed the problem and carried out the necessary repair and testing of this unit in respect of all weapons held. This was a precision job involving careful handling of delicate equipment. It entailed work round the clock, as any delay would have set-back the operational readiness of the units. His initiatives finally resulted in saving a large amount of foreign exchange.

Throughout his career, Wing Commander Mehra has displayed a high degree of imagination, intelligence and practical ability. He is a rare combination of an efficient Engineer and a skillful Manager. His meticulous planning and foresight have paid dividends in saving valuable foreign exchange and, at the same time, improving the technical ability of our own personnel.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Pemmaraju Kamaraju 4533 AE(M)Unit : Air Force Technical College  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Wing Commander Pemmaraju Kamaraju (4533) Technical/Armament was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in September 1953. He has since held many important appointments including those of Assistant Director of Armament at Air Headquarters and Chief Technical Instructor (Armament) at Air Force Technical College.

As Chief Technical Instructor, Wing Commander Kamaraju worked with singular devotion and high professional acumen. He reorganized the Armament Department of the College to undertake fresh training commitments and revised the syllabi to enable introduction of new equipment into the Air Force. Within meager resources, he was responsible for designing and fabricating the simulator on which loading of bombs and rockets of various types of operational aircraft could be practiced. In every way, he has contributed a great deal to the proper training of Technical Officers.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Charanjit Singh 4823 F(P)Unit : No.106 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Squadron Leader Charanjit Singh (4823) General Duties (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 6th November, 1954.

During his service career, Squadron Leader Charanjit Singh has creditably filled a number of flying appointments. In recognition of his professional ability he was selected to undergo a Pilot Attack Instructors' Course and subsequently was posted as OfficerIncharge of the Pilot Attack Instructors' Flight. Later, he became a successful bomber pilot and in that capacity was sent to Congo in 1961-62 as a member of the United Nations Peace Keeping Contingent. He also took active part in the Indo-Pakistan conflict of 1965 and was 'Mentioned in Despatches'.

Recently while serving with an operational unit, Squadron Leader Charanjit Singh carried out a large number of flights in inclement weather over very hazardous terrain to successfully complete tasks of national importance. Throughout disregarding his personal safety and comfort, he has set a standard of professional skill and devotion to duty for others to emulate.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Dushyant Singh 5048 GD(P)Unit : No.106 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Squadron Leader Dushyant Singh (5048) General Duties (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 14th January, 1956.

At an early stage in his career, Squadron Leader Singh was selected for conversion on Jet Bomber aircraft. He was member of the Indian Air Force Contingent which formed the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Congo in 1960. He was actively engaged in operations during the Indo-Pakistan conflict in 1965.

Squadron Leader Singh is currently employed with an operational unit of the Air Force. During his tenure he carried out a large number of operational sorties over hazardous terrain in very bad weather conditions, fulfilling a task of national importance.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Rajamani Ramamurthy 5614 TECHUnit : No.26 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Rajmani Ramamurthy (5614) Technical/Engineering was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in November, 1958. After fulfilling some important Engineering appointments in operational units, he was selected for training abroad on a new type of aircraft which was being introduced into the Service.

Currently, Squadron Leader Ramamurthy is serving in an operational Squadron as a Senior Technical Officer. He has been responsible for the initial training of technical personnel and setting up first and second line servicing facilities for the new aircraft. This was a hard task, considering the difficulties associated with the introduction of a new type of aircraft in Squadron service. Squadron Leader Ramamurthy not only succeeded in organizing the aircraft servicing on a planned basis, but was also successful in enhancing the flying effort through increased output from inspection and repair. His personal example and organizing ability have made this possible.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Vaidyanatha Krishnamurthy 5937 TECHUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Squadron Leader Vaithianatha Krishnamurthy (5937) Techincal/Engineering was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 1st June 1960.

After several years spent in field appointments, Squadron Leader Krishnamurthy was selected to undergo the Flight Engineers Course. Thereafter he was employed with considerable success as a Flight Engineer in an operational unit. He was selected for training abroad on a new type of aircraft, and was adjudged by his instructors as an exceptional flight engineer. On return, he was closely associated with evolving standard operating procedures, emergency drills and training schedules for the new type of aircraft.

Squadron Leader Krishnamurthy's dedicated work and high level of knowledge have been a source of inspiration and guidance to all aircrew to his unit.

Squadron Leader Krishnamurthy has always displayed high professional skill and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Ram Narain Agarwal 5951 TECHUnit : Institution of Aviation Medicine  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Ram Narain Agarwal (5951) Electrical Engineering was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 1st June 1950. He has held a number of important appointments including those of Squadron Electrical Officer of an operational Squadron, instructor at Air Force Technical College and Electrical Engineer at the Institute of Aviation Medicine.

At the Institute of Aviation Medicine Squadron Leader Agarwal was responsible for the servicing of highly complex and sophisticated equipment such as the human centrifuge, low pressure chambers, climatic chamber and the hyperbaric recompression chamber. His work in this area was of a very high order and enabled the Institute of Aviation Medicine to meet all its commitments of research and clinical evaluation.

Squadron Leader Agarwal was also responsible for building up cold temperature research facilities at the Institute. The minimum temperature available with the imported deep cooling plant was only -10° C against the specification of -54° C. The manufacturers having failed to improve the efficiency of the cooling plant, Squadron Leader Agarwal took the initiative to modify certain electrical and other circuits, thereby bringing down the temperature to -50° C. This was done without any assistance or expenditure of foreign exchange. Simultaneously, he equipped a room to obtain a controlled temperature from 15° C to 0° C. These facilities have enabled the Institute to meet many of its commitments in the field of operational research.

Recently the Institute was required to resolve a thermal problem associated with a new type of aircraft. This called for a hot and humid room capable of simulating tropical conditions. The engineer's estimated for the cost of work was Rs. 75,000. Squadron Leader Agarwal was able to design and construct the room from salvage material obtained locally. The room has been an unqualified success and has enabled various combinations of heat and humidity to be obtained as required by the Research Team.

The human centrifuge installed by a foreign firm had an inherent defect of creeping and jerking suddenly on starting. This was accepted by the Manufacturers as being incapable of rectification. On his initiative, Squadron Leader Agarwal modified the electrical circuit and servo-mechanism which not only removed the defect but will also serve in prolonging the life of the equipment.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Perungavur Balasubramaniam Harikishnan 6226 TECHUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Squadron Leader Perungavur Balasubramaniam Harikishnan Technical/Engineering (6226) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in July 1961. He has held many important Engineering posts both in operational units and in the staff at Command Headquarters.

In his recent assignment as the Officer incharge Aircraft Repair Section at a Base Repair Dept, Squadron Leader Harikishnan has displayed inspiring leadership, drive and extreme devotion to duty. In a year's time, his section completed 57 major inspections and two Cat 'B' repairs on seven different types of aircraft. In effecting this high rate of production, he had to overcome a large number of seemingly insurmountable problems.

Squadron Leader Harikishnan has also been responsible for the setting up of a servicing line for a new type of aircraft. Besides, using a great deal of initiative and technical ingenuity, he has completed major servicing of a large number of these aircraft despite non-availability of certain ground equipment and shortage of spares.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt Perminder Singh Chahil 7059 TECHUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Flight Lieutenant Perminder Singh Chahil (7059) Technical/Engineering was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in January 1963. He was, subsequently, trained in the specialist task of maintenance of helicopters. At present he is serving at a helicopter unit as its Engineering Officer. During his tenure with the Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Chahil has displayed exceptional devotion to duty, initiative and leadership, and, by his personal example, inspired his men to give their best under most adverse conditions.

On one occasion, a detachment of two helicopter aircraft had to be based at a forward landing ground to carry out search operations for two missing aircraft. For successful operations, it was imperative to maintain a very high state of serviceability. The difficult terrain also necessitated that the two search aircraft operate in a pair. Flight Lieutenant Chahil volunteered to go on this detachment and through his zeal, determination and professional ability, he managed to keep both helicopters serviceable in spite of the limitations of manpower, spares and ground equipment.

On another occasion, one of the unit aircraft had force-landed at a forward landing ground necessitating an engine change. It was the month of January, which is the coldest month in the region and is associated with spells of heavy snow-fall and blizzards. Realising fully the difficulties and personal discomforts to which any servicing party would be exposed at the high altitude in subzero temperature, Flight Lieutenant Chahil volunteered for this task. By his dedicated work and personal example, Flight Lieutenant Chahil succeeded in repairing the helicopter within a short period of time.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt Balasubramanian Chandran 7307 TECHUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Flight Lieutenant Balasubramanian Chandran (7307) Technical/Engineering was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in April 1963. During his brief service career, he has displayed able leadership and high professional acumen. He has been serving as Engineering Officer in a Helicopter Unit in one of the forward areas on the Northern Border since 1967.

At the Helicopter Unit, Flight Lieutenant Chandran organised winter maintenance of the aircraft and brought winter serviceability at par with that in summer. On more than one occasion he was responsible for retrieving helicopter aircraft from situations which were considered almost impossible.

On one occasion, a helicopter had accidentally flown into the cables of an aerial ropeway, forcelanding in a small field on the slopes of a hill overlooking a deep gorge. There was continuous torrential rain in the area which made the approach extremely slippery. Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant Chandran reached the spot and assessed the aircraft as repairable at site. He then retraced his steps, organised the repair party returned to the site, where under his personal supervision saw to it that the aircraft was flown out to the base successfully within 48 hours.

On another occasion, a helicopter was stranded with a defective engine at a helipad 14,500 feet AMSL. The minimum temperature was - 26° C. Despite the bitter cold and the difficulties of working in rarefied atmosphere at that height, Flight lieutenant Chandran successfully carried

out the engine change of the aircraft in record time with the help of two technicians.

On yet another occasion Flight Lieutenant Chandran relied on his experience of repairing a defective helicopter which was stranded at a forward helipad during the winter months. In this case too, the extreme cold and the height of the helipad made repairs difficult. Even so the aircraft was fown out to base successfully within two days.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt Govind Chandra Singh Rajwar 8103 F(N)Unit : No.106 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Flight Lieutenant Govind Chandra Singh Rajwar (8103) General Duties (Navigator) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in December 1963. For his accuracy and precision work, he was selected to join an important operational unit of the Air Force which carried out very special tasks.

During his stay at the unit, he has undertaken a number operational sorties both by day and night over inhospitable terrain at high altitudes which require a high degree of navigational skill and presence of mind. In all these flights he contributed significantly to the accomplishment of the tasks were assigned to the unit.

Flight Lieutenant Rajwar's devoted services and high professional skill has been a source of inspiration to other officers in the unit.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt Baljinder Singh Sidhu 8107 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Flight Lieutenant Baljinder Singh Sidhu (8107) General Duties (Navigator) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in December 1963. During his short service career, Flight Lieutenant Sidhu has shown high professional skill and initiative. At present he is serving in an operational Squadron whose personnel are handpicked.

During his tenure at the Squadron, he has undertaken a large number of operational sorties which involved flying over difficult terrain and at times through inhospitable weather. Undeterred, he volunteered for these flights. Throughout, by his devotion to duty he has been a great help to his Squadron Commander in the planning and execution of the special tasks assigned to the Unit.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Master Flight E Surat Singh Yadav 201358 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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201358 Master Flight Engineer Surat Singh Yadav, VM, Flight/Engineer was enrolled in the Indian Air Force as a technician in January 1948. He has been continuously employed on the duties of a Flight Engineer in the Eastern and Northern sectors since 1957. He was a member of the Indian Air Force contingent in Congo. He was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal during the Chinese aggression in 1962 and was 'Mentioned in Despatches' during the Indo-Pakistan conflict in 1965 for his outstanding services.

Throughout his career, Master Flight Engineer Yadav has worked with devotion and zeal. In 1963, when the categorisation scheme for flight engineers was introduced in the Service, he was entrusted with the task of formulating yardsticks for the categorisation scheme. He was also associated with the actual categorisation work, which in due course, became voluminous because of the rapid expansion of the air transport role of the Service. By his initiative and thorough professional knowledge, he has successfully carried out these exacting duties of testing and standardisation, almost single handed, on eight different types of aircraft.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Master Flight E Gurdial Singh Samra 400352 ORUnit : No.48 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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400352 Master Flight Engineer Gurdial Singh Samra Flight Engineer was enrolled in the Indian Air Force as a technician in June 1950. After working for some years on a variety of aircraft, he was appointed as Officerin-charge of the Daily Servicing Section of an operational Unit. He held this appointment creditably. Thereafter, he qualified as a Flight Engineer, in which role he has flown to-date 2500 hours, including 1000 hours on operational missions.

Master Flight Engineer Samra has amply demonstrated his qualities of courage and leadership. On one occasion, he extricated and saved a passenger, who was trapped in a burning aircraft which had been loaded with inflammable material. The danger to his own life did not, in any way, deter him from performing his duty.

Master Flight Engineer Samra has secured the unbounded loyalty and admiration of the airmen working under him through his personal example of hard and devoted work.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
MWO Viswanath Dattatraya Walwadikar 12183 ORUnit : GTRE  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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12183 Master Warrant Officer Viswanath Dattatraya Walwadikar, Fitter 1, was posted to the Gas Turbine Research Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation in August 1965. Soon after arrival, after familiarising himself with the Orpheus Reheat Project work being carried out in GTRE, he was given the task of looking after the GTRE flight development detachment set up at the HAL Aircraft Division. He was associated with the flight development of the HF-24 Aircraft with Orpheus Reheat Engines installed in it. During the early stages, various development problems connected with the aircraft installation arose, which could only be sorted out by hard and long hours of concentrated effort. In view of the urgency of the priority allotted to the project, the need to overcome problems expeditiously, as they arose was very pressing and this MWO took upon himself more than his share of the work involved.

His example was an inspiration to others working with him. The type of work involved in the Reheat project had not been attempted before in the country and it is very creditable that this MWO without any prior training adapted himself to the requirements of the task.

The MWO always put Service before self and has made a significant contribution to the Orpheus Reheat Project. Master Warrant Officer Viswanath Dattatraya Walwadikar apart from showing professional skill of a high order has also displayed exceptional devotion, to duty and work in the best traditions the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
WO Piara Singh 23223 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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23223 Warrant Officer Piara Singh, Fitter I was enrolled in the Indian Air Force as a technician in June 1943. At present he is serving in an operational Squadron.

During his four years' service with the Squadron, he has been responsible for looking after the repair and serving Section, which has to carry the main responsibility of preparing aircraft for meeting flying tasks. Warrant Officer Singh has shown limitless energy, determination, high organizing ability and leadership and ensured maximum serviceability of aircraft despite many handicaps. His professional ability has been of the highest order and he has always been an inspiration to his men.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
WO Raghbir Singh 39556 ORUnit : 3 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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39556 Warrant Officer Raghbir Singh, Fitter I was enrolled in the Indian Air Force as a technician in July 1944. Recently, he was selected for training abroad on the maintenance of engines of a particular type of aircraft. At present he is serving in a Base Repair Depot which repairs these engines.

During his tenure at the Depot, Warrant Officer Singh been personally responsible for the development and manufacture of a variety of handling and cleaning equipment which is needed during the engine overhaul. He designed a jet nozzle which can be used for pressure cleaning of parts with kerosene and petrol. It is a simple item in design, capable of manufacture even at a unit workshop, which can reduce hours considerably.

Warrant Officer Singh has also commissioned and serviced a large number of complex machines, often without guidance of publications, and by substituting indigenous parts.

Warrant Officer Singh's personal example of dedicated service and high professional ability has been a constant source inspiration to his men. He has made a significant contribution to the operational efficiency of the Service.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
WO Daljit Singh 39919 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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39919 Warrant Officer Daljit Singh, Instrument Repairer 1 was enrolled in the Indian Air Force as a technician on 29th July 1944. In the early years of his service, he was employed as an instrument repairer in operational units and Static organisations.

Warrant Officer Singh has an inventive bent of mind. He has turned this quality to great use in the Units in which he has served. Some of his innovations include a tester for zero-the fuel content gauge of an operational aircraft, a tester for the time-delay switches on another operational aircraft, a simplified technique for testing altimeters with the Null reading micromanometer, and a compact temperature gauge tester capable of testing temperature gauges of instruments manufactured in several different countries. His most recent achievement is the manufacture of a device for testing accuracy of the liquidometer fitted in the fuel tanks of an operational type of aircraft.

Warrant Officer Daljit Singh has displayed inventive ability of a very high order. For some of his inventions he has been awarded cash prizes by the Government of India. He has worked with a spirit of complete dedication to the Service spending almost all his leisure time on his inventions, which have had direct and immediate utility of high value to the Service. His drive, perseverance and devotion to duty have been remarkable.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Sgt Bakshish Singh 207283 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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207283 Flight Sergeant Bakshish Singh, Radar Mechanic was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in February 1951. Since 1964, he has been serving in a Guided Weapon Squadron as a senior cabin mechanic.

During his long service with the Squadron, Flight Sergeant Singh has displayed high initiative and singular devotion to duty. He is currently rated the best mechanic in his category in all the Guided Weapons Squadrons in Service.

In 1965, soon after he had just joined the Squadron, he was associated with its move from its temporary location to the permanent site. He volunteered to take over many other duties, besides ensuring the satisfactory completion of his own assignments. During Indo-Pakistan conflicts of 1965, he maintained a combat vigil round the clock to ensure full serviceability of equipment, disregarding all personal comforts. Subsequently when the Squadron equipment was damaged in a rail accident, he showed considerable initiative in repairing the equipment. It was a difficult task which he accomplished with credit.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Sgt Kuttikattu Mathai Verghese 209191 ORUnit : GTRE  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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209191 Flight Sergeant Kuttikattu Mathai Verghese, Inst. Rep. 1 was posted to the Gas Turbine Research Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation in November, 1962. From the very beginning he was intimately associated with the Orpheus Reheat Project of the GTRE. He was detailed to work in the Test Bed, where the static bench development trials of the Reheat systems commenced early in 1963. He made valuable contributions towards develop ment of the electrical and instrumentation systems for Reheat operation as well as for development testing. He accepted all task allotted to him very cheerfully and carried them out with efficiency and most effectively under all conditions of stress and strain which were inevitable in an equipment oriented projected like the Orpheus Reheat develop ment and which was required on high priority for the HF-24. He was also associated with the task of installation of engines in the prototype aircraft and the development of the Reheat electrical system in the aircraft. He made significant contributions to the various certification tests successfully carried out on the Reheat system over the last few years, such as 24 hrs flight clearance test with limited reheat, 24 hrs flight clearance test with design reheat and the 150 hrs development test conducted to a schedule similar to that required for production clearance of the system. In all the work that he undertook, he showed exemplary devotion to duty and technical competence of an exceptional order. The type of work involved in the Reheat project had not been attempted before in the country and it very creditable that this Senior NCO without any prior training adapted himself to the requirement of the task.

Apart from acquiring and utilizing a thorough knowledge of his trade aspect of the task, he also built up a knowledge of other systems of the Reheat engine outside the requirement of the trade. On many occasions, because of his deep insight into problem, he was able to help the development programme in its entirety.

Flight Sergeant Kuttikattu Mathai Verghese contributed significantly to the Orpheus Reheat Project and his devotion to duty and efficiency with which he carried out his technical assignments were in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Sgt Ranjit Parsad Choubey 219568 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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During his earlier tenure in an operational area he was on two occasions responsible for repairing badly damaged aircraft at the site of their crash landings, in difficult and inaccessible areas in the Eastern borders. Despite the handicaps of manpower and repair facilities, he accomplished the assigned task expeditiously disregarding all personal comforts.

At his present unit, Flight Sergeant Choubey has been working with great resourcefulness. With his ingenuity and professional skill he has fabricated a number of time saving devices and tools needed for engine overhaul. He has thus made a significant contribution to the operational efficiency of the I.A.F. and his personal example of dedicated service has been a constant source of inspiration to his colleagues and subordinates.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Leonard Robert 48282 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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48282 Sergeant Leonard Roberts, Aircraft Hand and General Duties was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in 1944. At present he is serving in an Air Force Station as Assistant Station Warrant Officer.

On 16th May 1969 his Station was hit be a cyclonic storm which caused extensive damage to life and property in the area. When the storm was at its height and the tented accommodation was being blown away, Sergeant Roberts, who was officiating as the Station Warrant Officer, mobilized airmen and civilians and took effective steps to prevent loss of life and further damage to Service property. Later when the storm had abated, he supervised recovery of Service equipment and repairs of the damaged tents and their speedy erection to ensure that a temporary shelter was available to all personnel. All through this period of distress, Sergeant Roberts was a shining example to his men and a source of inspiration to others who had suffered because of the storm.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Vannalil Devasia Joseph 203575 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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203575 Sergeant Vannalil Devasia Joseph, Fitter 1 was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in December, 1948. At present he is serving in an operational training unit.

During his four years' stay in the Unit, Sergeant Joseph has displayed resourcefulness and initiative of a high order. Disregarding his personal comfort, he has worked long hours to maintain a high serviceability state of aircraft at all times. By his personal example of dedicated work and cheerful disposition, he has been able to obtain the utmost cooperation from his men, thereby enabling the unit to complete is flying task on schedule.

Despite heavy load of work, Sergeant Joseph has also been able to take active part in the unit functions and sports. By his tactful handling, he has been able to ensure excellent morale amongst his airmen.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

The Awards Database presented here was made possible by the kind generosity of Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, author of Courage & Devotion to Duty : A Chronicle of IAF's Honours and Awards (1932-2008). Air Marshal Bharat Kumar had very graciously given permission to reproduce the citations from the book on this website.
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