Param Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List


A total of 265 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 265 |
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Harjinder Singh 1963 ENGUnit : Maintenance Command  Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 26 Jan 62
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Born in 1909, Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh joined the Indian Air Force on its formation in 1932 as a technician. He served in the ranks till 1942 when he was granted a Commission in the Technical Branch. Since then, he has served in both Command and Staff appointments. He was appointed Officer Commanding, Base Repair Depot, in 1949 and Air Officer Commanding Maintenance Command, in 1955 when that Command was formed. The status of Maintenance Command was raised and A.V.M. Harjinder Singh was promoted in his present rank and appointed Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command.

In early 1960 it was decided to manufacture in the country a transport aircraft to replace Dakotas which were in short supply. After a decision by the Government to manufacture the AVRO-748 aircraft was taken, this task was given to A.V.M. Harjinder Singh who was asked to build the first aircraft as soon as possible and to set up a manufacturing line at the Base Repair Depot at Kanpur. This modern jet transport aircraft could only be manufactured with skilled and experienced personnel. An aircraft manufacturing depot was established alongside the Base Repair Depot at Kanpur under the Command of A.V.M. Harjinder Singh who was asked to undertake the manufacture of this aircraft. Jigs and tools were set up in the record time, mostly from available resources under the personal supervision of A.V.M. Harjinder Singh. Air Force personnel who have so far been accustomed exclusively to repair and overhaul work were trained in the factory methods and given the task of manufacture. With the assistance of a few specialists from England, the I.A.F. personnel numbering about 440 in all, built the first production model of the AVRO-748 in the aircraft manufacturing depot at Kanpur in a record time of 17 months when the production model was still being manufactured in the U.K. The Indian made AVRO-748 gave a flying display on 26th November 1961, when the Prime Minister blessed its maiden flight in Delhi.

The speed with which this aircraft was constructed by Air Force personnel with no previous manufacturing experience and with the resources which previously were mostly used for maintenance and repair and the quality of workmanship itself, which even the A.V. Roe of U.K. have acknowledged as something unique in aircraft industry, are a tribute to the tireless energy, skill and personal example of Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh. Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1962 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Harjinder Singh 1963 ENGUnit : Maintenance Command  Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 26 Jan 62
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Born in 1909, Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh joined the Indian Air Force on its formation in 1932 as a technician. He served in the ranks till 1942 when he was granted a Commission in the Technical Branch. Since then, he has served in both Command and Staff appointments. He was appointed Officer Commanding, Base Repair Depot, in 1949 and Air Officer Commanding Maintenance Command, in 1955 when that Command was formed. The status of Maintenance Command was raised and A.V.M. Harjinder Singh was promoted in his present rank and appointed Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command.

In early 1960 it was decided to manufacture in the country a transport aircraft to replace Dakotas which were in short supply. After a decision by the Government to manufacture the AVRO-748 aircraft was taken, this task was given to A.V.M. Harjinder Singh who was asked to build the first aircraft as soon as possible and to set up a manufacturing line at the Base Repair Depot at Kanpur. This modern jet transport aircraft could only be manufactured with skilled and experienced personnel. An aircraft manufacturing depot was established alongside the Base Repair Depot at Kanpur under the Command of A.V.M. Harjinder Singh who was asked to undertake the manufacture of this aircraft. Jigs and tools were set up in the record time, mostly from available resources under the personal supervision of A.V.M. Harjinder Singh. Air Force personnel who have so far been accustomed exclusively to repair and overhaul work were trained in the factory methods and given the task of manufacture. With the assistance of a few specialists from England, the I.A.F. personnel numbering about 440 in all, built the first production model of the AVRO-748 in the aircraft manufacturing depot at Kanpur in a record time of 17 months when the production model was still being manufactured in the U.K. The Indian made AVRO-748 gave a flying display on 26th November 1961, when the Prime Minister blessed its maiden flight in Delhi.

The speed with which this aircraft was constructed by Air Force personnel with no previous manufacturing experience and with the resources which previously were mostly used for maintenance and repair and the quality of workmanship itself, which even the A.V. Roe of U.K. have acknowledged as something unique in aircraft industry, are a tribute to the tireless energy, skill and personal example of Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh. Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1962 Number: 

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AVM Kanwar Jaswant Singh 1587 GD(P)Unit : Eastern Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 63 Announced 26 Jan 63
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Late Air Vice Marshal Kanwar Jaswant Singh was commissioned in the Indian Army in 1937 and was seconded to the I.A.F. in 1940, where he served with distinction for over 22 years. He saw active service in the North Western Frontier Province and later led a squadron into operations in Burma during World War II.

After holding several senior command and staff appointments, he tool over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command in March, 1962. With the limited resources available to him he re-organised the various units under his command to meet the heavy task of logistic air support required in the Assam and NEFA areas. With the recent Chinese aggression, the operational commitments in NEFA assumed vast proportions but there was no commensurate increase in the transport aircraft available to him. Air Vice Marshal Kanwar Jaswant Singh faced the situation with determination and further re-organised his command to undertake logistic support operations in the NEFA and Assam areas. He not only planned and directed the operations but proceeded to set an inspiring example by personally leading many difficult airlift missions. These operational missions were beyond the call of his normal duties but he carried them out to infuse confidence in his officers and men with complete disregard for his personal safety. All through the operations he was a familiar sight at the forward airfields in that region, planning, directing and supervising the air operations. The enthusiasm and determination with which the Air Force carried out the tasks allotted to them in Assam and NEFA were, to a large extent, due to the sustained work done by the officer.

By his exceptional leadership, organizing ability and devotion to duty, Air Vice Marshal Kanwar Jaswant Singh has rendered most distinguished service to the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1963 Number: 

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AVM Minoo Merwan Engineer 1614 GD(P)Unit : Eastern Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 64 Announced 26 Jan 64
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During the operations in Goa, Daman and Diu, Air Vice Marshal Erlic W Pinto was A.O.C-IN-C, Operational Command for overall conduct of air operations. His directive was to assist the land forces in the attainment of their objective with the use of minimum force. The risk of casualties to the civil population in air operations was inherent. As a result of meticulous by Air Vice Marshal Pinto and efficient coordination, the air operations in the three enclaves were carried out most successfully.

With the outbreak of the Chinese hostilities in 1962 the air operational commitments assumed vast proportions in J & K area as the land forces were largely dependent upon the Air Force for supplies, ammunitions and evacuation of casualties. The resources at Air Vice Marshal Pinto's disposal remained unaltered. However, he faced the situation with his usual calm and reorganized the units under his command to undertake the intensive logistic support required. To infuse confidence in his officers and men he led many difficult airlift missions with complete disregard to his personal safety. The first landing at forward outpost entailed use of a river bed which is the highest 'airstrip' in the world. In spite of the hazards involved, Air Vice Marshal Pinto decided to proceed on this flight himself to check operating conditions there.

As A.O.C-in-C Operational Command, Air Vice Marshal Pinto has all along displayed initiative, drive and leadership of a very high order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1964 Number: 

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AVM Erlic Wilmont Pinto 1593 GD(P)Unit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 64 Announced 26 Jan 64
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Air Vice Marshal (then Air Commodore) Minoo Merwan Engineer, MVC, DFC, was posted as AOC to No. 1 Group, which was responsible for operations in NEFA. During the Chinese aggression in Autumn last year, the operational commitments in the area assumed considerable proportions without any increase in the resources available to No. 1 Group. Air Vice Marshal Engineer, a veteran operational commander, faced the heavy task with his usual calm and determination, and personally planned most of the logistic support operations with considerable success.

The helicopter operations in NEFA were also controlled by Air Vice Marshal Engineer in order to achieve maximum utilization of the few helicopters then at his disposal. To infuse full confidence among his pilots in landing at difficult helipads at heights like Tsanghdar (16000 ft), he flew in the first helicopter to land there and organized the evacuation of casualties from that difficult helipad. On another occasion, he remained at our outpost at Walong till the last moment and flew out only when the landing ground was being shelled by the enemy. These operational missions were beyond the call of his normal duties but in carrying them out , he set a fine example at all times for his officers and men to emulate.

The task allotted to the Air Force in NEFA during the Chinese aggression, were carried out with determination and confidence and this was, in large measure, due to the leadership and unflagging zeal displayed by Air Vice Marshal Engineer. By his devotion to duty and sound organizing ability, he has rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1964 Number: 

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Gp Capt George Kanisthakumar John 2132 GD(P)Unit : AFS Halwara  Award Date 10 Nov 65 Announced 10 Nov 65
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Group Captain George Kanisht Kumar John has been in command of an operational wing since October, 1962. He has shown commendable initiative and ability in inspiring his Squadron personnel to a high degree of combat effectiveness.

During the fighting with Pakistan his Wing, which is one of the front line units in the Punjab, was called upon to undertake offensive operations against the enemy. These comprised fighter sweeps, armed reconnaissance, close support and escort for bomber besides combat air patrols over the airfield itself, all of which were successfully carried out by his units located at his Wing.

On 7th September, 1965, Pakistan Air Force planes raided the airfield for the first time and they continued without any let up during the period of hostilities. Although the number of bombers that came over on each raid was small, the airfield had more than one raid alerts on most of the nights. Added to the nuisance of the air raids, which imposed numerous interruptions on the servicing activity, was the harassment of the Pakistani snipers who had been para dropped near the airfield on the nights of 7th and 9th September with the specific aim of breaking into and carrying out sabotage to our aircraft and installations. His ground defence measures foiled the enemy plans. Work on the unit went on with undiminished vigour, enemy interference notwithstanding. Unserviceable and damaged aircraft were serviced during the night and aircraft flown on offensive missions the next morning. Credit for the unceasing activity in the Station in spite of continued air raids in a large measure, due to the personal example of a very high sense of duty, steadfastness of purpose and leadership set by Group Captain John.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 10 Nov 1965 Number: 

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Gp Capt Walter Vernon Alexander Lloyd 2623 GD(P)Unit : AFS Adampur  Award Date 10 Nov 65 Announced 10 Nov 65
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By the time Group Captain Walter Vernon Alexander Lloyd was appointed Officer Commanding of an operational Wing in Punjab, trouble from the infiltrators had already erupted in the Jammu and Kashmir area. Aware of the imminence of a full-fledged war, Gp. Capt. Lloyd immediately set about making preparations for it. In the limited time available he instituted passive air defence measures and spurred his officers and men to greater effort towards improving the serviceability of aircraft and operational preparedness of the unit. As a result his Station was ready to meet the challenge when Pakistan entered the arena openly as an aggressor.

One of the front line wings which menaced Pakistani activity in the area of Sialkot and Lahore, Gp. Capt. Lloyd's Wing was subjected to continuous nigh bombing raids and the enemy paratroopers' forage, work on the aircraft and airfield went on with unabated vigour. An index of the unflagging zeal of the air and ground crew and of the courage and fortitude is the steadily increasing number of sorties the Station was able to mount. There were 29 sorties on the 7th September, the day following the first Pakistani night raid, 74 on 11th and 77 on the 22nd September, 1965.

Although Gp. Capt. Lloyd had been in Command only a few days before the declaration of hostilities, he imbued, by personal example everyone in his Station with courage, determination, confidence in the justness of our cause and a sense of selflessness and purpose.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 10 Nov 1965 Number: 

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Air Cmde Krishna Mahesh Agerwala 1648 GD(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 66 Announced 26 Jan 66
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Air Commodore Krishna Mahesh Agerwala has been the Senor Air and Admin. Staff Officer and the Deputy Commander at Headquarters Maintenance Command since June, 1963. Throughout his service career, he has more than ably handled a wide variety of key appointments. In the discharge of his duties he has emerged as an administrator of exceptional ability and caliber.

During the period of his tenure, Maintenance Command had to face enormous problems associated with the rapid expansion of the Indian Air Force. As the senior Air and Admin Staff Officer of the Command, Air Commodore Agerwala was responsible for bringing about the administrative coordination necessary for solving the maintenance problems of the Air Force formations and units throughout the country. With his unparalleled devotion to duty, utmost patience and untiring zeal he accomplished this task, thereby maintaining to a considerable degree, the fitness for war of the Air Force formations and units.

His achievement in the administrative field during this period was all the more conspi cuous when he had to work under the most adverse circumstances imaginable. With cool, calculated, almost fanatic determination, lea dership and initiative of the most exceptional order, he has been responsible for instilling a spirit of orderliness in various organizational functional aspects of the Command. His effort is all the more creditable because he accomplished this task in spite of and without regard for his personal health, which caused him and his superiors' considerable concern.

Air Commodore Agerwala's overall performance over a prolonged period of time, as an administrator, leader of men, organizer and above all, an officer fired with the one and only ambition to give off his very best to the Air Force under all situations will, for ever, remain a shining example of service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1966 Number: 

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AVM Yeshwant Vinayak Malse 1616 GD(P)Unit : Eastern Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 67 Announced 26 Jan 67
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Air Vice Marshal Yeshwant Vinayak Malse was commissioned in the Air Force in 1940. He has held important appointments in Air Headquarters as well as in the Command of various Air Force units. He attended the Staff College Course at Quetta in 1947; Senior Air Support Course at Land/ Air Warfare School, Old Sarum (U.K.) in 1951 and the National Defence College Course in 1962-63. He also served as Senior Directing Staff at National Defence College. He was appointed Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command on 1st October, 1964. During his tenure, the Command undertook a number of important operations and consolidated operational bases to face threat from China and Pakistan. The Command also undertook airlift tasks to support the Army located in the border areas. The extensive air support given after the insurrection in the Mizo Hills was handled by him with promptness and precision. Under his able guidance, the Command assisted the Assam Government in airlift and other tasks. He personally supervised these operations and, at times, participated in them himself.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1967 Number: 

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AVM Kaniantra Alexander Joseph 2960 SIGUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 67 Announced 26 Jan 67
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Air Vice Marshal Kanianthra Alexander Joseph was commissioned in the Air Force in 1944. He has held important appointments in Air Headquarters as well as in the Command of various Air Force Units. He attended many administrative and technical courses in the U.K. and also a Radar Course at Bangalore. He also attended Defence Service Staff College Course at Wellington. He took over the appointment of Director of Signals at Air Headquarters in March, 1966. The Air Force has had serious handicaps to overcome in the matter of radar coverage and airborne and ground communications. Despite many difficulties, Air Vice Marshal Joseph took great initiative and with the help of his own men, improved the radar coverage and communication links.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1967 Number: 

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Air Cmde Gurbachan Singh 1779 EQPTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 67 Announced 26 Jan 67
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Air Commodore Gurbachan Singh was commissioned in the Air Force in 1941. He has held important appointments in Air Headquarters and in the Command of various Air Force Units. He attended the Defence Services Staff College Course, at Wellington in 1952-53. He took over the appointment of Director of Equipment at Air Headquarters in December, 1962. Under his able guidance, the equipment staff ensured even flow of equipment and fuel to the operational units in the forward areas during September, 1965 operations on our borders. With the procurement of new types of aircraft and equipment, it became necessary to assess our requirement for spares and this task has been performed by him creditably.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1967 Number: 

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AVM Shivdev Singh 1595 F(P)Unit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 68 Announced 26 Jan 68
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Air Vice Marshal (now Air Marshal) Shivdev Singh was commissioned in the Air Force in 1940. He has held important appointments in Air Headquarters as well as in the Command of various Air Force Units. He attended the Royal Air Force Staff College in the U.K. in 1951. Before taking up the assignments of Air Officer Commandingin-Chief, Western Air Command in March 1966, he served as Air Officer Commandingin-Chief, Central Air Command. By his hard work, drive and initiative, he has improved the operational preparedness and efficiency of the units under his Command. Western Air Command is also engaged continuously in airlifting supplies to forward areas. Under his able leadership, the Command has been able to achieve airlift targets without sacrificing safety.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1968 Number: 

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AVM Om Prakash Mehra 1639 F(P)Unit : Maintenance Command  Award Date 26 Jan 68 Announced 26 Jan 68
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Air Vice Marshall Om Prakash Mehra (1639) GD (P) was Air Officer Commandingin-Chief, Maintenance Command for a period of over three years with effect from 3rd October, 1963. On relinquishment of Command he was appointed Air Officerin-Charge Maintenance with effect from 1st February 1967, where he continues.

During his tenure as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command, this Air Officer was able to improve the efficiency of that Command; he showed commendable initiative, energy and untiring zeal in pursuing various projects and ensuring their completion on schedule. There were many shortages in that Command during the period of his command but despite those, he was able to increase the output of overhauled engines and aircraft from the Base Repair Depots. In the Equipment Depots, he was able to introduce new ideas and improve their functioning. As a result, the efficiency of the Maintenance Command as a whole improved considerably during his assignment.

Since taking over the duties of Air Officerin-Charge Maintenance, Air Vice Marshal Mehra has not spared himself in making up the shortages which exist on the Maintenance side. Due to various factors there have been shortages of spares. There have also been many other difficulties in adhering to the programme set before us for servicing aircraft. These difficulties notwithstanding, he has with his characteristics drive and initiative set into motion various actions which area now beginning to produce good results.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1968 Number: 

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AVM Harish Chandra Dewan 1598 F(P)Unit : Maintenance Command  Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
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Air Vice Marshal Hari Chand Dewan was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1940. He saw active service in Burma during World War II. He has held various command and staff appointments with distinction. He attended the Flying Instructors Course in the United Kingdom in 1942 and the RAF Staff College Course, Andover, in 1948-49. He also attended the National Defence College Course in 1961-62. After holding the appointment of Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters, Western Air Command, he was posted as Director of Operations (Transport) at Air Headquarters where he had to handle a variety of difficult problems relating to air transport support. During the Chinese aggression in 1962, he planned the airlift programme involving not only the transport fleet of the Air Force but almost the entire fleet of the Indian Airlines and non-scheduled operators. He was also instrumental in arranging compilation of navigation data for airfields and the revision of aeronautical charts. During his tenure as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Air Command, he has made marked improvement in the operational potential of the fighting elements of the Command. As Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command, since 1st April 1968, he has shown a great deal of energy and initiative in meeting the maintenance and supply requirements of the operational commands.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1969 Number: 

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AVM Teja Singh Virk 1621 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
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Air Vice Marshal Teja Singh Virk was commissioned in the Air Force in 1940. He saw active service during World War II. He attended Advanced Navigation Course at Shawbury and Specialist Navigation Course at Empire Navigation School in 1947 and the Defence Services Staff College Course at Wellington in 1950-51. He also attended the 1st Course at National Defence College in 1960-61. He has held several important appointments and is at present Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Training Command. During the Chinese aggression of 1962 he was the Air Force Liaison Officer with the Eastern Command (Army), and later he served as Liaison Officer with the Central Command. In both these appointments, he represented the needs of one Service to the other most creditably with The result that tasks never went in default either during 1962 or later when important commitments had to he undertaken by the Air Force for the Army, NEFA Administration and the Government of Assam.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1969 Number: 

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AVM Ajit Nath 1666 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 70 Announced 26 Jan 70
Details : Air Vice Marshal Ajit Nath joined the Medical Branch of the Indian Air Force in 1941. He saw active service during World War II. He was the first Medical Officer of No. I Squadron of the I.A.F. as also the first Indian Principal Medical Officer of the then Group Headquarters at Bangalore in 1947. He attended Advanced Courses in Aviation Medicine in U.K., France, Italy and Germany. He has contributed largely to the formation of Aero Medical Society and School of Aviation Medicine. He handled creditably problems relating to air evacuation of casualties during the India-Pakistan conflict 1965. He has flown more than 1,250 hours with pilots of varying experience in different types of training and operational Aircraft over various parts of the country to collect valuable medical data.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1970 Number: 

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AVM Idris Hasan Latif 1804 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Air Commodore (now

Air Vice Marshal) Idris Hassan Latif joined the Indian Air Force in 1942. He saw active service during World War II. He has held several

important staff appointments and has commended with distinction, operational and Flying Training Stations and has flown a variety of aircraft. He attended the Defence Services Staff College Course and the National Defence College Course. He was member of the IAF Advisory Group in Indonesia and was also the Air Attaché at the Embassy of India in the USA. In both these assignments, he rendered valuable service. As Air Officer Commanding Jammu and Kashmir, he devised procedures for effective control of aircraft movements in that region particularly the Ladakh area, thus enhancing flying safety in hilly terrain. Again, as Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters, Eastern Air Command, he contributed significantly in planning Transport Support Operations in NEFA and Nagaland. As Air Officer Commanding of an Air Force Station, he regularly flew high performance aircraft setting an example for the aircrew by his qualities of courage and leadership. He has also taken great interest in the welfare of officers and men serving under him and has substantially improved their living and working conditions.

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

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AVM Madhukar Mallanah Shrinagesh 1665 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Air Vice Marshal M.M. Shrinagesh was granted commission in the Medical Services of the Armed Forces in January 1941. He has rendered valuable service both as a Specialist in Aviation Medicine as well as an Administrator. He has vast experience in most of the branches of Medicines: he specialised in Aviation Medicine in 1957 from the USA. After holding various important appointments in the Medical Services of the Air Force, he was posted to Armed Forces Medical College as Deputy Commandant in March 1964. From June 1965 to June 1966, he served as Director of Medical Research in the office of the Director General Armed Forces Medical Services. Subsequently, he was appointed as Consultant in Aviation Medicine. In November 1966, he was appointed as Deputy Director Medical Services (Air) and subsequently held the appointment of Director Medical Services (Air) from August 1968 to March 1969. In both these assignments, he exhibited outstanding organising ability. In March 1969, he was posted as Commandant, Armed Forces Medical College. He is an Honorary Surgeon to the President of India.

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

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AVM Lal Singh Grewal 2337 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Air Commodore Lal Singh Grewal was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1943. He has held several important staff and command appointments. He attended Heavy Bomber Course in the U.K. in 1949, the Defence Services Staff College Course in 1952-53, Familiarisation Course in the USA in 1953 and the National Defence College Course in 1969. He started his aviation career on Fighters and later on heavy bombers and transport aircraft. He has flown 33 types of aircrafts. He was associated with the proving flights of certain types of civil aircrafts. During the Chinese aggression in 1962, he rendered distinguished service. In August 1963, he was given an assignment in which he has done commendable work.

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

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Air Marshal Hirendra Nath Chatterjee 1620 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : AIR MARSHAL HIRENDRA NATH CHATTERJEE, DFC, (1620) F(P) [DyCAS Air HQ] Since March 1971 Air Marshal Hirendra Nath Chatterjee was responsible for the operational training and readiness of the Air Force as a whole. He played a leading part in planning and co-ordinating the activities of the three Operational Commands during the recent war with Pakistan. Throughout his career, Air Marshal Chatterjee brought to his duties a sound knowledge of military aviation in all its aspects, and the ability to tackle the most difficult tasks in a quiet and methodical manner. Through the many important posts that he held, he did much for the development and strengthening of the Indian Air Force, leading up to its success in the recent Indo-Pak conflict. He rendered service of the most exceptional order.

Air Marshal Hirendra Nath Chatterjee was commissioned as a Pilot in the Flying Branch of the Air Force in August, 1940. He was one of the first Flying Instructors to be trained in the IAF and made significant contribution in that capacity both during World War II and later in the development of the Air Force. He served with distinction with a Squadron in Burma Campaign, when he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for gallantry. After Independence, he rendered valuable service as Chief Instructor of the Air Force Flying School, and laid the foundation of what is now the Air Force Academy. He also played an important part in setting up training facilities and framing policies and plans for the expansion of the Air Force. More recently, Air Marshal Chatterjee has been Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance, at Air Headquarters, Air Officer Commandingin-Chief Maintenance Command and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command. Since March 1971 Air Marshal Hirendra Nath Chatterjee has been responsible for the operational training and readiness of the Air Force as a whole. He played a leading part in planning and coordinating the activities of the three Operational Commands during the recent war with Pakistan. Throughout his career, Air Marshal Chatterjee has brought to his duties a sound knowledge of military aviation in all its aspects, and the ability to tackle the most difficult tasks in a quite and methodical manner. Through the many important posts that he has held, he has done much for the development and strengthening of the Indian Air Force, leading up to its success in the recent Indo-Pak conflict. He has rendered service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number: 

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AVM Maurice Barker 1691 F(P)Unit : Central Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : AIR VICE MARSHAL MAURICE BARKER (1691) F (P) : During the recent Indo-Pakistan war, Air Vice Marshal Barker's Command [Central Air Command] was responsible for all bomber, transport and maritime operations. Despite having been in the Command for a relatively short period of time. Air Vice Marshal Barker was able to organise his forces and control them most effectively. Under his guidance) the bomber force kept up a continuous series of attacks by night on strategic targets deep in enemy territory, both in East and West Pakistan. Later, with the neutralisation of the Pakistan Air Force in the East) his bombers played an important role in supporting our land forces by day in that area. The bombers were also used to very good effect against targets in support of the Army along the Western border. On the transport side, Air Vice Marshal Barker collaborated with Eastern Air Command to enable the latter to launch a very successful airborne operation in East Pakistan. The speed and efficiency with which the operation was mounted, and the good results achieved by it, testify to the high quality of planning and staff work that was put into it by Air Vice Marshal Barker and his staff. Likewise, valuable air support was given by the units under his control to the Navy in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. In. undertaking the numerous and vital tasks of his Command, Air Vice Marshal Barker displayed a ready understanding of operational plans and problems, and organising ability and determination in dealing with them. His tact and personal leadership contributed much to the success of his Command's operations. He rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Air Vice Marshal Maurice Barker has been the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Air Command since April, 1971. During the recent Indo-Pakistan war Air Vice Marshal Barker's Command was responsible for all bomber, transport, and maritime operations. Despite having been in the Command for a relatively short period of time, Air Vice Marshal Barker was able to organize his forces and control them most effectively. Under his guidance, the bomber force kept up a continuous series of attacks deep in enemy territory, both in East and West Pakistan. Later with neutralization of the Pakistan Air Force in the East, his bombers played an important role in supporting our land forces by day in that area. The bombers were also used to very good effect against targets in support of the Army along the Western border. On the transport side, Air Vice Marshal Barker collaborated with Eastern Air Command to enable the latter to launch a very successful airborne operation in East Pakistan. The speed and efficiency with which the operation was mounted, and the good results achieved by it, testify to the high quality of the planning and staff work that was put into it by Air Vice Marshal Barker and his staff. Likewise, valuable air support was given by units under his control to the Navy in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. In undertaking the numerous and vital tasks of his Command, Air Vice Marshal Barker displayed a ready understanding of operational plans and problems, and organising ability and determination in dealing with them. His tact and personal leadership contributed much to the success of his Command's operations. He has rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number: 

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AVM Satya Pal Sahi 1601 ADMUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : AIR VICE MARSHAL SATYA PAL SHAHI, (1601) ADM : Prior to, and during the December, 1971 conflict with Pakistan, Air Vice Marshal Satya Pal Shahi had to bear very heavy administrative responsibilities, which he had discharged most successfully. Operational plans required the setting up of additional facilities at a number of forward airfields, and there was a requirement for large increases in manpower at all operational stations. His judicious allocation of the additional manpower, made available to his Command, ensured that all operational units had the personnel they needed to fulfil their tasks. He also took steps to ensure that the organisational set up by Air Headquarters for emergency repairs of airfields would function smoothly at all the Wings within the Command. In the event, his efforts enabled airfields damaged by enemy action during night raids to be made fit for use by surprise the following morning. The close liaison he esta- blished with State Governments to ensure unbroken power supply to operational bases, and augmentation as security arrangements proved most effective. During the hostilities, he personally visited every forward airfield and outlying unit to ensure the smooth running of the administrative machinery parallel with the conduct of operations. This effort on his part had a significant effect on the morale of personnel and their families. In sum, the administrative arrangements for which he worked so hard and efficiently had a direct contributory effect on the success of air operations. With his high professional competence, dedication to duty, zeal and enthusiasm, Air Vice Marshal Shahi rendered distinguished service of a most exceptional order.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number: 

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AVM Charan Das Guru Devasher 1867 F(P)Unit : Eastern Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : AIR VICE MARSHAL CHARANDAS GURUDAS DEVASHER, (1867) F (P) : Air Vice Marshal Devasher took over his appointment [SASO, EAC HQ] at a time when the Command itself was undergoing a process of reorganisation and the relations with Pakistan were becoming strained. He was responsible for reformulating the Command's war plans, making them bold in concept, yet simple to execute. These plans were put into action on the morning of 4th, December 1971 when our Armed Force went into action to liberate Bangia Desh. So effective were the plans that, within a few hours, the Indian Air Force had achieved total supremacy in the skies of Bangia Desh. During the period of the war in Bangia Desh) from 4th to 16th December, 1971, he controlled and co-ordinated all air activity in that sector, including para, transport and helicopter operations. The success of these opera- tions owed much to his aggressive spirit, knowledge of the use of air .power and ability to change tactics to suit the situation. On the night of 11th December, 1971, on receipt of an intercepted enemy message, he concluded that the Pakistanis had been able to build an emergency air strip in the neighbourhood of Dacca, and would attempt to land transport aircraft on it. Accordingly, he ordered night patrols by fighter aircraft over Dacca. As deduced by him, an emergency air strip was spotted at Narsingdi and put out of action, thus preventing the clandestine entry and exit of war material and personnel from Bangia Desh by air. Through- out his career in the Air Force, and especially during the recent war with Pakistan, Air Vice Marshal Devasher rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Deviah Subia 1866 F(P)Unit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : AIR VICE MARSHAL DEVIAH SUBIA, Vr. C: Air Vice Marshal Subia took over his appointment [SASO, WAC HQ] only a few months prior to the outbreak of hostilities. He made a thorough study of the requirements of air operations in the Western Sector, paying full attention to the minutest detail of each aspect of air operations. He personally studied and analysed all operational procedure and ensured that there was no ambiguity in these instructions and that they were fully understood by all concerned. He worked for long hours to ensure that Squadrons/ Units were deployed as planned with maximum economy of effort and minimum inconvenience to the personnel involved. He planned the moves in such a manner that at all stages the Squadrons retained their full operational capability to counter- act any pre-emptive strike by the enemy. He displayed remarkable organising ability in establishing within a very short period, a chain of observation posts around our forward airfields for reporting low flying aircraft. Throughout the period of hostilities, he carefully co-ordinated all aspects of operations, especially the strike missions at night. These operations involved strike forces from another Command. It was primarily due to his careful planning and foresight that all missions were successfully completed without any mishaps. His cheerful disposition and self- confidence were inspiration to his staff at the Headquarters and to Commanders in the field. Through out his career, in peace and in war, Air Vice Marshal Subia rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Randhir Singh 2135 F(P)Unit : AFS Adampur  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : AIR COMMODORE RANDHIR SINGH, AVSM, VR C. (2135) F (P): During the recent Indo-Pak hostilities Air Commodore Randhir Singh was in command of a forward base [Adampur] in the Western Sector. He planned the defence of his base so meticulously that the enemy's Air Force was unable to attack it in any manner. As the operations progressed, he, not only frustrated the enemy's evil designs by capturing some of the agents, but was able to organise the support- ing services on the base so well that all through the operations the squadrons could provide the desired number of close support and offensive sorties with utmost effectiveness inspite of the stiff enemy opposition. His untiring zeal and outstanding leadership was an example to all personnel during the difficult days of the conflict. His overall contribution towards the air operations in the Western Sector was most commendable. He rendered distinguished services of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde John Francis Lazaro 2944 F(P)Unit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : AIR COMMODORE JOHN FRANCIS LAZARO, VM (2944) F (P) :[AOC Adv HQ, WAC] In December 1971, at the time of-the Indo-Pak conflict, Air Commodore Lazaro was primarily responsible for joint planning and execution of army-air operations in the Western Sector. Under his able leadership, air operations in aid of the army achieved a new dimension. Close air support was given most effectively and the enemy's lines of communications were perpetually disrupted, isolating his forward troops. Enemy ammunition and fuel dumps were also blown up successfully, and many of his Headquarters locations destroyed. All this was done with speed and determination, despite intense enemy opposition. The officer displayed superior leadership and carried out planning of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Malcolm Shirley Dundas Wollen 3641 F(P)Unit : AFS Gauhati  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : GROUP CAPTAIN MALCOLM SHIRLEY DUNDAS WOLLEN, VM (3641) F(P) : Group Captain Wollen, was the Commanding Officer of a major Air Force base [Gauhati] in Assam. On the outbreak of hostilities with Pakistan in Dec. 1971, he was placed in operational control of two MiG-21 Squadrons at a forward airfield. The task of these Squadrons was to neutralise the Pakistani Air Force in Bangia Desh and to give close support to the Army in that area. From time to time, certain special tasks were also ordered. The sum of all these tasks was very large in relation to the forces under his control. It was a measure of his organisational ability and leadership that every one of the objectives was fulfilled. The special tasks given to him included such missions as the destruction of certain selected buildings occupied by the West Pakistani forces and their Governor in Dacca city, the elimination of radio transmitting stations and the day and night bombing of certain air-fields in enemy hands. Group Captain Wollen planned, organised and conducted these operations personally, and himself gave the briefings on the tactics which the aircraft were to adopt. There was never any occasion, by day or by night, when there was any hesitation in immediately getting down to the execution of tasks given to him. The success of these operations contributed directly to the neutralisation of Pakistani air strength in Bangla Desh) support of our own surface forces, and the eventual surrender of the Pakistani forces in that Sector. With his brilliant leadership, organisational ability, ini- tiative and zeal, and the devotion to duty manifest in his outstanding career, Group Captain Wollen rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Peter Maynard Wilson 3590 F(P)Unit : AFS Jamnagar  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : GROUP CAPTAIN PETER MAYNARD WILSON, Vr. C. (3590) F (P) : Group Captain Wilson was in Command of an Armament Training Wing [Jamnagar]. He organised the station so that, on the outbreak of the 1971 hostilities, the Wing was immediately transferred into a major operational base. The location of this base was such that its aircraft could strike deep into enemy country. For this reason, the Pakistani Air Force was quick to mount raids against the base. Due to the deception plans laid by Group Captain Wilson, the enemy bombed non-existent targets, and caused hardly any damage to the base itself, which remained fully operational throughout the war. His air defence measures resulted in the shooting down of an F-104 aircraft during a daylight raid that the enemy made on the base. With the support provided by the base, fighter aircraft stationed there were able to launch strikes against targets deep in enemy territory, inflicting severe damage and depleting his ability to wage war against India. These raids were conceived and planned by Group Captain Wilson, with such success that, despite the presence of enemy fighter and anti-aircraft defence, they were carried out without loses to our own forces. Inspite of the exposed location of the base, throughout the war, Group Captain Wilson maintained a calm and collected demeanour, which percolated throughout the Station, inspiring aircrew and ground personnel alike to great efforts and achievements. In his outstanding career, with his leadership, drive, determination and implacable will. Group Captain. Wilson rendered distinguished services of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Chandra Kant Vishwanath Gole 3652 F(P)Unit : AFS Halwara  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : GROUP CAPTAIN CHANDRA KANT VISWANATH GOLE, AVSM, (3652) F (P): In the conflict with Pakistan, Group Captain Gole was the Station Commander of a forward base [Halwara]. With complete disregard to personal safety and with unflagging zeal, he successfully directed the air defence operations in the Punjab Sector. His base was subjected to repeated enemy air raids. On one occasion, he narrowly escaped death when a time bomb exploded very close to him, killing two. Unmindful of the incident, and even though he suffered a temporary deafness, as a result of this, he exhibited great leadership and zeal, which enabled him to meet fully the entire needs of the operational squadrons based at his station. In the discharge of his functions as a Commander, he inspired his men by his outstanding courage, selfless devotion to duty and quaJities-of fine leadership. The high morale, with which he imbued the aircrew and the ground personnel of his station, was a major contribution to the success of air operations. As a leader of men and an administrator and organiser of high ability, Group Captain Gole rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Dadi Ardeshir Mehta 1625 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Dadi Ardesh Mehta (1625) Flying Branch (Navigator) was posted as Senior Directing Staff (Air) at the National Defence College on 25 Jan 67 as a culmination of a distinguished career in the Indian Air Force.

With his intellectual bent of mind, Air Vice Marshal Mehta has made a significant contribution to the success of this young institution. Over the years, he has devoted all his energies to the onerous task of directing the individual and syndicate studies of the student officer undergoing the course at the College. His wide knowledge of Indian and International affairs and his uncanny grasp of changing world situation have enabled him to give of his best to this institution; and thereby made it possible for the student officers to derive the maximum possible benefit from their studies.

In spite of, and without regard to his rather indifferent health, Air Vice Marshal Mehta spared no pains in the planning meticulously the various tours undertaken by the student officers during the course. By his untiring efforts he ensured that the student officers saw and learnt as much as possible during the short time available to them.

Above all, Air Vice Marshal Mehta endeared himself to one and all, both student officers and staff, by his unassuming manners and affable disposition. He has been a great source of inspiration to all those who have passed through the portals of the National Defence College. He has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Bandi Sreeramulu Krishnarao 1727 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Bandi Sreeramulu Krishnarao was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in October, 1941. Early in his career, he qualified as a flying instructor and subsequently rose to become the Chief Instructor in the principal flying training institution of the Air Force. A large number of pilots serving in the Air Force were trained by him personally or under his supervision. He saw service in a fighter squadron and successfully commanded a Technical Training Unit and a major Air Force flying base. He served with distinction as the Air Attach ear our Embassy in the USSR for nearly three years.

Before taking over his appointment as Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations), he served as Senior Air Staff Officer of an Operational Command Headquarters for over three years. Under his guidance, the flying potential of the Command and its preparedness to undertake the tasks allotted to it grew considerably. He inspired the staff of the Command Headquarters and the units by his indefatigable efforts, single mindedness in pursuing his objectives, and his devotion to duty.

Throughout, Air Vice Marshal Krishnarao has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Amolak Singh Rikhy 2024 AELUnit : HAL  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Amolak Singh Rikhy (2024) was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of the Indian Air Force in 1943. During his service, he has held many important field and staff appointments with distinction.

Since 1954 he has served almost continuously on deputation with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., first as General Manager of the Kanpur Division, then briefly as Managing Director of the Nasik, Hyderabad and Koraput Divisions, and from early 1969, as Managing Director of the Bangalore Division.

When Air Vice Marshal Rikhy first joined HAL, the Kanpur Division was in a state of flux as a consequence of its transfer from the Air Force to Company management. AVM Rikhy dealt with its many administrative and technical problems with patience, perseverance and deep understanding. Working conditions and technical practices were greatly improved and there was a four fold increase in production.

The Bangalore Division of HAL has now been under AVM Rikhy's care fro nearly three years. This is the oldest and largest Division of HAL, manufacturing six types of aircraft and three types of engines. Here again, during the period of his stewardship. AVM Rikhy has greatly strengthened the administration and working of aircraft and engine factories.

Wherever he has served, both in the Air Force and in HAL; AVM Rikhy has won the confidence of his colleagues and workers. His high professional knowledge and outstanding ability as an Engineer and a Manager have contributed much to the efficiency of the Air Force and the aircraft industry. He has rendered exceptional service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Chandrashekhar Rao Kurpad 2414 AELUnit : HAL  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

Air Commodore Chandersekhar Rao Kurpad served in the Technical Signals Branch of the Indian Air Force for 25 years, from 1943 to 1968. During this period he held many staff and field appointments concerned with the training of technical personnel and maintenance of electrical and electronic equipment.

In 1965, Air Commodore Kurpad was deputed to Bharat Electronics Ltd., where he was appointed Project Manager with responsibility of progressing the manufacture and supply of vital equipment for the Air Force. In 1964, he was selected to head the planning unit for the electronics factory that was to be set up as part of the MiG-21 project. He was subsequently appointed General Manager of the factory, which became the Hyderabad Division of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. He served in that capacity on deputation from the Indian Air Force. In 1969 he was appointed Managing Director of the MiG Complex, made up by the Nasik and Koraput Divisions along with Hyderabad Division . That same year, Air Commodore Kurpad was permitted to retire from the Air Force and take up permanent service with HAL.

Throughout his service in the Air Force and on deputation to BEL and HAL, Air Com modore Kurpad has consistently displayed a very high level of professional and managerial ability. He worked quietly, with patience and perseverance, to set up the Air Force's school for electrical and electronic trades. In HAL, his performance as General Manager of the Hyderabad Division and later as Managing Director of the MiG Complex has been outstanding and has contributed a great deal to the success of the MiG project.

Air Commodore Chandersekhar Rao Kurpad has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Mondan Bhaskaran 2761 AEMUnit : HAL  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

Air Commodore Mohan Bhaskaran joined the Indian Air Force as a technician in January, 1936. In recognition of his abilities, he was commissioned into the Technical Engineering Branch in December, 1943. he retired from the IAF in 1958, when he accepted permanent service with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

Air Commodore Bhaskaran has had an outstanding career as an Engineer. During World War II he served as an Engineering Officer with an operational squadron in the North-West Frontier Province and in Burma. The technical knowledge, drive and organizing ability that he brought to his task enabled the squadron to maintain the highest serviceability for its type of aircraft tin the theaters where it operated.

After independence, he spent many years in senior engineering appointments at major Air Force flying bases and Repair Depots. During this period, he made very significant contributions to improving the maintenance organisation of the Air Force.

In 1963 Air Commodore Bhaskaran was placed in-charge of a project team for the setting up of an airframe factory for the manufacture of the MiG-21 aircraft in India. In the following years, he was appointed General Manager of the Factory, which became the Nasik Division of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. He continues to be in that appointment to this day.

Manufacture of sophisticated aircraft such as the MiG-21 calls for technical and managerial ability of the highest order. Air Commodore Bhaskaran has displayed these qualities in ample measure. Construction of the airframe factory began in 1964, and the first aircraft was delivered from it two years later, in 1966. In the intervening period, Air Commodore Bhaskaran trained his workmen, erected the manufacturing plant and initiated the assembly and testing of aircraft more or less simultaneously. Thereafter, he has consistently fulfilled the manufacture programme despite many difficulties inherent in a sophisticated project of this type. Credit for this is due to Air Commodore Bhaskaran's untiring efforts and unremitting zeal.

Air Commodore Bhaskaran has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Prabhu Datt Chopra 3497 AELUnit : HAL  Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
Details :

Group Captain Prabhu Datt Chopra was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) Branch of the Indian Air Force in September, 1947. He has been the General Manager of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Kanpur Division, since December 1967. Prior to that date he had served with distinction in various units of the Air Force and also in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited as Factory Manager of the Kanpur Division. When it was decided to manufacture Gnat and subsequently the HS-748 aircraft in the country, he was selected as the technical representative on the Project Team in the United Kingdom. It is to his credit that the manufacture of these two aircraft and the buildup of the Kanpur factory, allied facilities and the smooth transfer of technology was accomplished. During his stewardship, the Kanpur factory has grown from strength to strength. His main contributions have been increased indigenous content and manufacture of hundreds of components from raw materials. He has also brought about a marked improvement in the workers' productivity largely by improved technology and by his personal guidance. He enjoys the confidence of his colleagues and workers. He is one of the outstanding executives of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, possessing qualities, as a manager and technologist, which are worth emulation. By his devotion to duty and personal qualities, he has enriched the profession and helped build the Air Force and Civil Aviation. He has made a signal contribution to the aircraft industry and the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1973 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Krishnamachari Narsimhan 2278 SIGUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 74 Announced 26 Jan 74
Details :

Air Marshal Krishnamachari Narasimhan (2278) was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) Branch of the Indian Air Force In March 1943. During his long service career, he has held with distinction a variety of important appointments. He has also successfully attended specialist and staff courses in the UK and in this country including the National Defence College.

As the Command

Signals Officer of No. 1 Operational Group immediately after partition, he was responsible

for the operational planning and implementation of the 'Signals Plan' for the Group, which contributed a great deal to the success of operations during the Kashmir campaign in 1948. During his tenure as Deputy Director of Technical Services (Mechanical Transport) at Air Headquarters, he planned and implemented the scheme whereby the Air Force took over from the Army the responsibility for the second line servicing of all Mechanical Transport used by the Air Force. As the Commandant of Air Force Technical College, he introduced modern training methods and thereby improved the efficiency of training at the College. In 1963, when the requirement of technical personnel went up considerably, he geared up the organisation at the College so well that the challenging task of accelerated training was accomplished without any deterioration in quality. In 1965, he was posted as Director of Signals Possessing. Technical knowledge and professional skill of a high, order, a creative mind and sound organising ability, he was responsible for the improved operational preparedness and capability of the Air Force in the field of Electronics, during the 1965 IndoPak Conflict. In 1970, he was appointed the first Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Systems). In this capacity, he controlled and directed the activities of three Directorates. Undeterred by the shortfall of resources, he was able to forge those Directorates into efficient and effective organisations. That during the 1971 IndoPak War, all the 'Systems' in the IAF worked efficiently and contributed to the success of operations, was in no small measure due to the meticulous planning and progressive leadership pro-vided by Air Marshal Narasimhan By his dedication to duty, untiring seal and initiative, he has always set on example to other technical officers.

Air Marshal Krishnamachari Narasimhan has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1974 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Edul Jehangir Dhatigara 1899 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 74 Announced 26 Jan 74
Details :

Air Marshal Edul Jahangir Dhatigara, KC (1899) was commissioned in Flying (Pilot) Branch of the India Air Force in June 1942. He served with distinction during the operations in North West Frontier Provinces in 1943-44, J&K in 1948, Nagaland in 1956, Goa in 1962, Ladakh in 1962 and Indo-Pakistan of 1965 and 1971.

Early in his career, as a flight Commander of a Transport Squadron, he successfully organised relief operations during the earthquake and flood catastrophe that had struck Assam in 1950. In October, 1954, he was assigned the command of an Air Force Station in the Eastern Sector. In this capacity he planned and executed counter-insurgency operations in 1956.

During these operations he undertook a very hazardous supply dropping mission in which his aircraft received many bullet hits from ground fire. For this act of courage and leadership he was awarded the Kirti Chakra.

After the Goa operations in 1962, he was entrusted the task of clearing Dabolim airport of unexploded bombs and repairing the damaged airfield. He accomplished this heavy task in a short span of six days. For this valuable service he was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff.

In 1964, he was assigned the Command of an operational Wing in the Eastern Sector. In this capacity, he was responsible for the successful operations carried out by Fighters and Transport aircraft against Pakistan in September, 1965. During the Indo-Pak war of 1971, he was the Air Officer Commanding of an operational Wing in the Western Sector and under his inspiring leadership the Wing made conspicuous contributions towards the achievements of Fighter and Bomber squadrons during the operations against Pakistan.

Air Vice Marshal Dhatigara took over as Assistant Chief of the Air staff (Operations) at Air Headquarters in June, 1972. He has successfully tackled intricate operational problems and has established a very amiable and most satisfactory rapport with his counterparts in Army and Naval Headquarters.

Air Marshal Edul Jahangir Dhatigara, KC has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1974 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Hrushikesh Moolgavkar 1644 F(P)Unit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 75 Announced 26 Jan 75
Details :

Air Marshal Hrushikesh Moolgavkar was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in November, 1940. During World War II, he served with two Fighter Squadrons and saw action on the Burma Front. Soon after the Pakistani Aggression in J & K in 1947 he took over command of the Operational Wing at a forward base. He planned and directed the Air Operations and personally led a number of operational missions against the enemy with outstanding success. For his acts of gallantry during these operations, he was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra. Air Marshal Moolgavkar has held with distinction important appointments of Air Adviser to our High Commission in the United Kingdom, Senior Staff Officer at Western Air Command, Director of Policy and Plans at Air Headquarters, Air Officer-in-Charge Western India, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Central Air Command and Commandant, National Defence College. In all these assignments, he has displayed outstanding qualities of leadership and dedication and has set high standards in raising the operational efficiency in the Service. At National Defence College he introduced many developments in the teaching curriculum and studies to give this institution the prestige and honour that it enjoys today.

In April, 1973, Air Marshal Moolgavkar took over as Air Officer Commanding-inChief, Western Air Command, and by his untiring efforts brought about improvements in combat efficiency of the units and stations placed under his Command. His sense of dedication and involvement has been a source of inspiration to all his commanders. It was during his tenure as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, that the Western Air Command produced spectacular results in the field of Flight Safety. In most of his assignments, Air Marshal Moolgavkar had to undertake pioneering work either in establishing new organisations intimately connected with the operational role of the Air Force or in bringing about improvements in the conduct of operations in a new theatre of responsibility.

Throughout, Air Marshal Moolgavkar rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1975 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Jaspal Singh 2451 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Jaspal Singh was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Indian Force in June, 1943. During World War II, he served with No. 1 Indian Air Force Squadron and saw action on the Burma Front. After the War, he became a Flying Instructor and pioneered the takeover of flying training from the Royal Air Force. He was the first instructor who obtained the highest Instructor Category of 'A1' as well as the first pilot to be appointed as an Instrument Rating Examiner on all types of aircraft. He was also responsible for evolving the categorisation and instrument rating schemes for instructor pilots.

After completing the course at the Defence Services Staff College in 1954, he held various staff appointments. In 1957, he was selected to command and convert a squadron to Jet Bombers. With commendable zeal, relentless effort and perseverance, he moulded the squadron into a highly efficient fighting unit in the shortest possible time. On completion of his tenure as a Squadron Commander, he was one of the two officers selected to undergo the Aviation Safety Course in the USA. He passed the course with distinction, and on his return, gave a new dimension to the Flight Safety Organisation in the Indian Air Force. In 1966, he took over the Command of a major Air Force base having transport and fighter squadrons. With meticulous supervision and determination, he ensured that the training of pilots and ground crew was kept on schedule and the transport and heliborne airlift operations always achieved the laid down targets. His base also undertook assembly of supersonic fighters, which were assembled in record time and delivered to the operational squadrons.

On completion of the National Defence College course in 1970, he took over as Director of Air Defence. He successfully tackled intricate operational problems and significantly contributed towards the improvement of the early warning capability which paid handsome dividends during the Indo-Pak conflict, 1971. In 1973-74, he commanded another major Air Force base with great success. In his present appointment of Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, Flight Safety and Inspection, he has, with his vast experience and professional knowledge of flying and accident prevention, achieved a sharp decline in the overall Air Force accident rates.

Throughout, Air Vice Marshal Jaspal Singh rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1976 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Jemji Hormusji Framji Maneckshaw 2690 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Air Vice Marshal Jemji Hormusji Framji Manekshaw joined the Army Medical Corps in February, 1943. He was posted to No. 4 Squadron, Air Force during World War II and saw active service in Arakan. In 1946, he was the first Indian Officer to be posted as the Deputy Senior Medical Officer of a Group of Royal Air Force. He has held a number of important administrative as well as specialist appointments creditably. He served as Senior Medical Officer of an operational Group of the Indian Air Force during the Kashmir Operations in 1948 and was the first to organise air transportation of sick and wounded on a regular basis from the forward areas. His suggestions regarding modification of Dakota aircraft by installation of portable oxygen equipment therein, helped in air evacuation of casualties at altitudes above 10,000 feet. In 1948, he was selected for training in Aviation Medicine at US Naval Aerospace Medical Institute. After completion of this advanced diploma course, he was further selected to undergo flight training where he won the Wings of a Flight Surgeon. In 1961, he was deputed as Deputy Air Adviser (Medical) to the High Commission of India in UK, where he helped to resolve many aeromedical problems, which were being experienced in the Air Force due to the induction of high performance aircraft in the Service. In 1964, as Principal

Medical Officer, Eastern Air Command, he displayed sound ability for proper planning,

cooperation and distribution of medical facilities in that sector. He exhibited good

qualities of leadership by visiting all remote areas at the time of crisis even at the peril of his own safety. He has more than 700 hours of flying, including solo, to his credit. In 1967, he was appointed commandant, Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bangalore. He brought about further improvement to suit the needs of the modern Air Force and our aircraft industry. This Institute is one of the leading establishments of the Air Force today and plays an important operational role in day to day flying tasks. In recognition of his outstanding service, he was awarded 'Ati Vishisht Seva Medal' in 1971. He was appointed as Director of Medical Research in the office of the Director General Armed Forces Medical Services in March, 1973, and in this appointment with his usual drive, professional acumen, determination, energy and tact, he geared up the Medical

Research Armed Forces to a very high pitch of efficiency.

Throughout, Air Vice Marshal Jemji Hormusij Framji Manekshaw has rendered service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1976 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Jafar Zaheer 3173 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Jafar Zaheer was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Air Force in September, 1943. During his service career he held with distinction a variety of important operational and staff appointments. He has the rare qualification of being a graduate of the Institute of Armament Technology. This technological background in combination with his primary qualification as a pilot has equipped him with the background to function in many appointments in a uniquely effective and efficient manner. As Deputy Director of Weapons at Air Headquarters in 1962-63 his broad-based knowledge and experience enabled him to compile and introduce a Weapons Planning Directive which continues to be the standard document for such planning in the Air Force. He also rationalised the operational parameters on the basis of which the War Reserve of Weapons are calculated.

From 1964 to 1968, he commanded the Air Force Project Team for the development of an indigenous aircraft. During this tenure, essential improvements/modifications were progressed which led to the introduction of this aircraft in service. During 1968-69, he rendered distinguished services as Air Defence Commander in the Eastern sector and during 1969-72 as Air Officer Commanding of a big station. As Director, Air Staff Requirements at the Headquarters from January, 1973 to June, 1974 he had to undertake the task of selecting major weapons systems for the modernisation of the Air Force. His technological background and operational experience were of immense value in these tasks and also in the concept formulation of Air Staff Requirements for Research and Development in the country. As Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans) since July, 1974, he has controlled and coordinated the activities of various Directorates dealing in Projects, Plans and Programmes, etc. During a period when the Air Force has recognised the need for large scale replacement of obsolescent equipment, initiation of development projects and review of establishments, he has achieved exemplary results in the formulation of Requirement and Financial Plans on a long term perspective. His professional competence, high intellectual calibre and capacity for work have inspired his Directors and staff to high standards of performance and achievement, and he has thus gained the total confidence of his colleagues and superiors.

Throughout, Air Vice Marshal Jafar Zaheer rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1976 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Bawa Sampuran Singh Bedi 1795 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Air Marshal Bawa Sampuran Singh Bedi was commissioned, in of the Air Force on 19th January, 1942 in the Flying Branch of the Air Force as a Navigator. He volunteered for training as a Technical Armament Officer. During his service career he has held with distinction a very wide variety of responsible appointments within the service and in the Defence Research and Development Organisation under the Ministry of Defence. Prior to taking over as Air Officer-in-charge, Maintenance at Air Headquarters, he served as Air Officer Commanding of the largest repair and overhaul complex of the Indian Air Force. For his excellent handling of that assignment he was appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Engineering). These appointments were handled by him with efficiency, a spirit of dedication and confidence. As Air Officer-in-charge Maintenance, he has brought about significant changes in a scientific and methodical manner covering various facets of technology and logistics in the Air Force. With untiring zeal and understanding of human character and personal example, he has been instrumental in infusing among his subordinates' team spirit and the desire to innovate and successfully meet the challenges of modern technology and weapon systems. This has led to improved maintenance standards in the Air Force.

Throughout, Air Marshal Bawa Sampuran Singh Bedi rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1976 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Anand Ramdas Pandit 1707 F(P)Unit : VCAS  Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
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Air Marshal Anand Ramdas Pandit AVSM, DFC (1707) was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) of the IAF in September 1941. In World War II he distinguished himself as a fighter Recce Pilot and was awarded the DFC. He graduated from Defence Services Staff College and, later, successfully attended the National Defence College. He has served with distinction in various operational, Command and Staff appointments at different units and Formations. Apart from being the Director of Operations at Air Headquarters, he was the Air Officer Commanding Headquarters Western India for three years, responsible for joint planning and conduct of all air operations with the Navy. Thereafter, he served extremely creditably as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, making a significant contribution in the Training of officers and Airmen of all branches and trades. During his assignment as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command for three years from March 1973 to February 1976, Air Marshal Pandit was able to improve the efficiency of that Command. With painstaking efforts, initiative and exceptional devotion to duty, he pursued various projects with untiring zeal and ensured their successful completion on scheduled. Despite shortage of spares, he was able to improve the performance of Base Repair Depots in the overhaul of engines and aircraft. In the Equipment Depots he was able to introduce new ideas and improve their functioning by streamlining the procedures and removing irritating bottlenecks. During his long service of 35 years, in every assignment or task entrusted to him he achieved excellent results and displayed deep sense of loyalty and responsibility. Presently, he is holding the appointment of Vice Chief of the Air Staff, responsible for preparation and review of Air Force plan framing the Air Staff requirements, formation of training policies and control of Air Force projects. In this he has been able to bring many improvements and economy having far reaching effects. Air Marshal Pandit has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Gian Dev Sharma 1742 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
Details : Citation not available.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Waman Raghunath Dani 1807 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
Details : Citation not available.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1977 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Trilok Nath Ghadiok 2354 F(P)Unit : National Defence College  Award Date 26 Jan 78 Announced 26 Jan 78
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Air Marshal Trilok Nath Ghadiok was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Indian Air Force in March, 1943. He saw action in the J & K Operation 1947 when as a Flight Commander of a transport support Squadron, his courage and valour won him a Vir Chakra. Later, he distinguished himself as Commander of a transport base responsible for air maintenance in the Jammu and Kashmir and Leh area. His personal example, perseverance, meticulous planning and unity of purpose led to better interServices relationship and enabled the Wing to accomplish its task with unqualified success.

In his long Service career, he competently held many staff appointments of Command of Wings, Senior Air Staff Officer of an operational command, Chief Instructor of the Defence Services Staff College and Director of Personnel at Air Headquarters. During January 1970 to September 1973, he was the Air Attaché in our Embassy in Moscow, where he acquitted himself creditably. A graduate of the National Defence College, he is today its Commandant.

Air Marshal Trilok Nath Ghadiok has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1978 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Achutha Viswanathan 3607 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 78 Announced 26 Jan 78
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Air Vice Marshal Achutha Viswanathan was commissioned in 1949 in the Technical Armament Branch of the Air Force. During his service career he has held several important staff appointments with distinction. As Director of Armament with his flair for design and development work, he achieved commendable results in the indigenisation of explosive stores and development of a rocket system. He has also helped in successfully completing a number of development projects. By his constant endeavour for indigenistion, he has effected considerable savings in foreign exchange and reduced dependence on foreign aid. As Senior Maintenance Staff Officer of Eastern Air Command, he was instrumental in achieving substantial improvement in aircraft serviceability by his initiative and guidance for which he was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 1976.

As Air Officer Engineering and Systems of Maintenance Command, he introduced a number of new measures of quality control which paid dividends and improved the overall production capability of the Base Repair Depots. By his relentless efforts and perseverance he has succeeded in augmenting the production substantially at the Base Repair Depots.

Air Vice Marshal Achutha Viswanathan has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1978 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Devendra Nath Gupta 2703 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 78 Announced 26 Jan 78
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Air Vice Marshal Davendra Nath Gupta was commissioned in the Medical Branch of the Air Force on 6th August, 1943. In 1948, as medical officer of a Transport Squadron, he was closely associated with para-trooper training and casualty evacuation in the Kashmir operations. He became a graded medical specialist in 1952 and subsequently, a Member of the Royal College of Physicians, London and Edinburgh. He was also awarded the Greig medal for his outstanding performance in the DTM&H examination (1975) of Edinburgh University. He became a classified specialist in 1958 and was appointed the first adviser in medicine in the Indian Air Force in 1962. He was specially selected to command Air Force Hospital Kanpur in addition to his professional duties. During his command from 1963 to 1967, this Hospital achieved the distinction of being one of the finest in the Armed Forces, and rendered yeoman service to war casualties during the Indo-Pak Conflict, 1965. In recognition of his outstanding service during this period, he was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff. After his distinguished service as Assistant Director of Medical Services in two Infantry Divisions, he was appointed Assistant Director of Medical Services and posted as Medical Adviser in our High Commission at London from November 1968 to February, 1972. On return to India, he was specially selected to undergo the National Defence College course in 1972. He was thereafter appointed Principal Medical Officer, Headquarters, Western Air Command in May, 1973. Later, he was appointed Director of Medical Services (Air) in the rank of Air Vice Marshal. Under his command, the medical services of the Air Force have made great strides. Stringent measures have been adopted for implementing utmost economy without compromising quality of medical care. His personal attention to details have resulted in streamlining of medical board procedures and review of medical standards. Under his guidance, an overall improvement has been achieved in 1976 in controlling the incidence of preventable diseases and lowering of sickness rate. During his service career, besides distinguishing himself through brilliant academic achievements, he has exhibited outstanding professional competence and administrative ability. In the various professional and administrative appointments that he held, he has been meticulous, uncompromising and unrelenting where standards of health and hygiene are concerned thus setting a very high example of medical ethics, code of conduct and performance.

Air Vice Marshal Davendra Nath Gupta has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1978 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Dilbagh Singh 2998 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 79 Announced 26 Jan 79
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Air Marshal Dilbagh Singh was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1944. In his long career in the Indian Air Force, he has commanded operational formations with distinction and has excelled in planning of operations and their execution. He has made valuable contribution towards combat readiness of the Indian Air Force squadrons, By his outstanding qualities of leadership, administrative and organising ability, initiative and drive, he infused a healthy spirit of competition amongst the operational units of the Indian Air Force. As Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of an Operational Group, he was instrumental in updating the operational and air defence plans, and enhancing the fighting efficiency of the Air Force in his Sector. He has constantly endeavoured to bring about allround improvements in the Indian Air Force.

Air Marshal Dilbagh Singh has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1979 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Idandas Werbona Sabhaney 2607 SIGUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 79 Announced 26 Jan 79
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Air Marshal Idandas Warhomal Sabhaney was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1943 and served till August, 1978. During his long service career, he held various important assignments with distinction. An Electronics Engineer by profession, and an Associate Member of the British Institute of Radio Engineers, he brought to bear his technical acumen and professional skill on the maintenance aspect of the Indian Air Force. As Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance, his contribution to the augmentation of production at Base Repair Depots and planning of aircraft serviceability immensely enhanced the flying capability of the entire fleet of aircraft in the Indian Air Force. His significant contribution included embracing of all facets of technology and logistics in the Indian Air Force in a scientific and methodical manner. His profound sense of judgment, organisational capability and realistic planning helped in better utilisation of aircraft with available resources.

Air Marshal Idandas Warhomal Sabhaney has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1979 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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