Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List for the year 1963


A total of 8 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 8 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Fg Offr Madathankandy Valiyalappil Ramachandran 5845 TECHUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 63 Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

A Transport Squadron was moved to J&K area in May 1960, at a short notice. As the Squadron Engineering Officer, he had to be left behind at the Base to look after the second line servicing there. Flying Officer Madathankandy Valiyavalappil Rama Chandran was called upon to organize and take charge of the complete first line servicing at the new Base. Flying Officer Madathankandy Valiyavalappil Rama Chandran though not very experienced, with limited resources at his disposal had to organize complete first line servicing at the new Base from scratch. He displayed great professional skill, devotion to duty and organizing ability of a high order brining the daily servicing section to a high standard of efficiency in a short period. In spite of shortage of spares and manpower, he by his ingenuity and proper handling of men produced 80 percent of serviceability. Flying Officer Madath ankandy Valiyavalappil Rama Chandran set such a fine example that his men worked without any holidays from 12 to 14 hours a day under extremely difficult operational conditions. Had it not been for the commendable effort on the part of Flying Officer Madathankandy Valiyavalappil Rama Chandran such high serviceability of aircraft would not have been possible, which, in turn would have resulted in the airlift falling behind schedule. Such distinguished service and devotion to duty of a high order is in keeping with the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1963 Number:06 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Gurbachan Singh 24984 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 63 Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

Sergeant Gurbachan Singh was employed as N.C.O. in-charge of the aircraft servicing section of an operational squadron from 21st January 1960 to 17th March 1962 which was engaged in logistic air support in NEFA and NHTA. The Squadron at its operational base had hardly any facilities to set up its various technical and administrative sections. No engineering officer was posted to this Squadron.

With the limited resources of manpower and equipment available, Sergeant Gurbachan Singh displayed great skill and organizing ability in bringing the servicing section to a high state of efficiency in a short time.

His professional ability, man-management and above all a dedicated sense of duty has been a source of great inspiration to all.

Had it not been for keenness and ability displayed by Sergeant Gurbachan Singh the operational efficiency of the squadron would have been greatly affected. He has thus rendered distinguished service of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1963 Number:06 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Sundram Iyer Kandaswamy 25113 ORUnit : Armament Training Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 63 Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

Flight Sergeant Sundram Iyer Kandaswamy was the N.C.O. in-charge of the servicing section of the Vampire aircraft based at Jamnagar during operation "Vijay". Prior to the operation, there was an acute shortage of spares and the serviceability of the aircraft was far below the required standard. Flight Sergeant Sundram Iyer Kandaswamy was assigned the task of improving the serviceability of the aircraft. He worked zealously and through determination, high standard of professional skill and tactful handling of his men succeeded in achieving nearly 80 percent rate of serviceability. In fact, during the last three days of operation "Vijay" he did not leave his post of duty as he literally worked and slept on the job.

Hard work over a sustained period caused great amount of physical and mental fatigue to this senior N.C.O. as he kept at his job with complete disregard to his personal comforts. On 19th December, 1961, Flight Sergeant Sundram Iyer Kandaswamy while marshalling an approaching aircraft was involved in taxying accident. He received fatal injuries on his skull by the impact of the aircraft mainplane. The accident would not have happened had Flight Sergeant Sundram Iyer Kandaswamy, who by his exemplary leadership and devotion to duty had contributed greatly to successful operation of the Vampire aircraft, thus met his end on duty. The fine example of Flight Sergeant Sundram Iyer Kandaswamy is in keeping with the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1963 Number:06 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Digambar Eknath Manurkar 25025 ORUnit : No.5 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 63 Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

Flight Sergeant Digambar Eknath Manurkar was the NCO-in-charge of the technical team in the Canberra Detachment during air operations in Katnaga in December, 1961. Kamina air base, where the contingent was operating, had no servicing facilities and no workshops or other ancillary services existed. A field servicing section for the aircraft had to be started in unfamiliar surroundings. Everything had to be improvised under most unfavourable conditions. The success of operation depended mainly on the individual ingenuity and initiative. The operation involved continuous movement of men and material at very short notice. Flight Sergeant Digambar Eknath Manurkar in the face of such heavy odds was able to set up servicing organization with considerable skill and a high degree of efficiency. In accomplishing this task, he and his team had to work very long hours, more often late in the night, for maintaining a high rate of operational serviceability of the aircraft. Had this high rate of serviceability not been maintained, it would not have been possible to meet all the operational commitments.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1963 Number:06 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Vidhya Sagar 200035 ORUnit : No.5 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 63 Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

Sergeant Vidya Sagar was in-charge maintenance of aero-engine and aircraft refueling during air operations against Katangese in December, 1961. At Kamina base, where the contingent was located, there was no servicing facility and the refueling equipment was outdated and often went out of commission retarding the operational efficiency of the contingent. During such emergencies, Sergeant Vidya Sagar faced the situation with confidence and improvised the refueling system with maximum efficiency possible under those trying circumstances. Many a time to overcome the crisis, he and his refueling team had to decant the fuel from the barrels and feed the aircraft entirely by manual operations. On the side of maintenance of aero-engine, Sergeant Vidya Sagar always personally supervised the work, checking and making adjustments in the engines, repairing and changing parts where necessary. Through untiring work, he completed all his task and endured that his part of the work did not hold up the operational schedule of the contingent.

Sergeant Vidya Sagar by his personal example and high degree of professional skill set a high standard for other to follow and rendered distinguished service of a high order in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1963 Number:06 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Amar Nath Verma 300079 ORUnit : No.5 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 63 Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

Sergeant Amar Nath Verma was in-charge of Airframe servicing section of the I.A.F. Canberra contingent at Kamina air base operating against Katangese during the month of December, 1961. During those operations there was heavy opposition from the enemy ground forces and frequently the aircraft were fired upon causing damage. These aircraft needed immediate repairs to continue the operations. The spares were hard to come by and repair facilities in existence at Kamina were far from satisfactory. Sergeant Amar Nath Verma, at this critical stage, rose to the occasion, displayed high technical and organizing ability and carried out extensive repairs to the damaged aircraft in exceptionally short time. He worked ceaselessly without respite and had it not been for his untiring efforts the operational efficiency of the contingent would have a severe set back.

Sergeant Amar Nath Verma displayed a high sense of duty by his professional ability and organizing skill rendered service of high order, which is in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1963 Number:06 

Vishist Seva Medal
Cpl Krishan Deo Sinha 34684 ORUnit : No.5 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 63 Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

Corporal Krishan Deo Sinha was in-charge of Armament team of I.A.F Canberra detachment, operating from Kamina base against Katanganese in December, 1961. He was responsible for re-arming of the aircraft and maintenance of the entire armament equipment. This task involved movement and handling of large quantity of ammunition, servicing the guns and loading them. After each operational sorties, the aircraft had to be thoroughly checked for stoppages, cleaned and reloaded. This dangerous and onerous task called for extra caution, precision, skill and speed. Corporal Krishan Deo Sinha in undertaking this task successfully has shown a very high degree of professional ability and leadership and carried out the vital task of re-arming the aircraft with utmost speed and efficiency and has rendered service of a high order which is in the best traditions of the IAF.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1963 Number:06 

Vishist Seva Medal
Cpl Manmohan Singh Sodhi 201461 ORUnit : No.5 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 63 Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

Corporal Manomhan Singh Sodhi was associated with the Airframe servicing section of the Canberra detachment, engaged in the air operations against the Katatangese in December, 1961. During these operations, there was heavy opposition from the hostile ground fire which resulted in serious damage to the aircraft due to bullet hits. Servicing facilities were meager at Kamina air base, where the contingent was located and the acute supply position of spares aggravated the situation further. At this critical stage, much depended upon the individual skill and the ingenuity of the workmen and a high degree of efficiency. In accomplishing this task, he and his team had to work heavy long hours, more often late in the night, for maintaining a high rate of serviceability of the aircraft. Had this high rate of serviceability not been maintained, it would not have been possible to meet all the operational commitments. Corporal Manomhan Singh Sodhi by resourcefully applying his superior technical knowledge played an important part in the repair work undertaken. He worked with a speed and efficiency for long hours and contributed to a large measure to the success of operation.

Corporal Manomhan Singh Sodhi, by his untiring efforts and superior professional knowledge has thus rendered service of a high order, true to the best traditions of the I.A.F.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1963 Number:06 

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