Awards for 1 Squadron


A total of 12 Awards are listed.
Distinguished Flying Cross : 11 | Member of the Order of the British Empire : 1 |
Distinguished Flying Cross
Sqn Ldr Karun Krishna Majumdar 1555 GD(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron, RIAF  Award Date Announced 10 Nov 42
Details : Early this year this officer commanded the squadron during its activities in Burma. He led two unescorted attacks on enemy airfields in Thailand and attacks in support of the army in Tennasserim; he also completed valuable reconnaissances during the retirement from Rangoon to the Prome positions.
Reference: London Gazette 35777 dated 10 Nov 1942, Page 4868 

Distinguished Flying Cross
Sqn Ldr Aspy Merwan Engineer 1554 GD(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron, RIAF  Award Date Announced 10 Nov 42
Details :
Citation Not Available
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Distinguished Flying Cross
Sqn Ldr Arjan Singh 1577 GD(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron, RIAF  Award Date Announced 02 Jun 44
Details : This officer completed very many operational missions, involving flights over difficult country, often in bad weather. He has displayed outstanding leadership, great skill and courage, qualities which have been reflected in the high morale and efficiency of the squadron which has won much sucess.
Reference: London Gazette 36542 dated 2 June 44, Page 2534 

Distinguished Flying Cross
Fg Offr Anand Ramdas Pandit 1707 GD(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron, RIAF  Award Date Announced 23 Jan 45
Details : Flying Officer Anand Ramdas Pandit while serving with No.1 (RIAF) Squadron during World War II, proved himself to be an accomplished tactical reconnaisance pilot and completed 169 sorties totalling 206 hours in 2 months. His outstanding daring and determination had been the cause of his bringing back very valuable information on most occassions. The photographs secured by him had been highly commended by the Fourteenth Army. His keenness and enthusiasm for operational flying was exemplarary. For the above acts of gallantry he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Additional Citation: Flying Officer Pandit has completed a large number of operational sorties. Many of these have been flown during the monsoon period and over jungle covered mountainous terrain. He has, throughout, displayed the greatest enthusiasm and skill in his work as tactical reconnaissance pilot. His outstanding courage and determination have enabled him to secure valuable information and photographs.

Notes: Public Record Office Air 2/9043 has citation drafted when he had flown 169 sorties (206 operational hours).

Reference: London Gazette 36905 dated 23 January 45, Page 527 (Citation Courtesy: Hugh Halliday) 

Distinguished Flying Cross
Fg Offr Bollineni Ramachandra Rao 1726 GD(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron, RIAF  Award Date Announced 23 Jan 45
Details : This officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties. He is a skilful tactical reconnaissance pilot who has always displayed outstanding determination, gallantry and devotion to duty. He has achieved some excellent results and the fine photographs he has obtained have been of great value to the army.

Notes: Public Record Office Air 2/9043 has citation drafted when he had flown 172 sorties (229 operational hours).

Reference: London Gazette 36905 dated 23 January 45, Page 527 (Citation Courtesy: Hugh Halliday) 

Distinguished Flying Cross
Fg Offr Prem Sagar Gupta 2335 GD(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron, RIAF  Award Date Announced 03 Apr 45
Details : Throughout a large number of operational sorties this officer has displayed great courage and firm determination. He is an outstanding tactical reconnaissance pilot and his devotion to duty and tireless efforts to acquire information during very adverse weather has been remarkable. He has consistently obtained photographs of great tactical value to the Army. By his enthusiasm and efficiency, Flying Officer Gufta has set a fine example to the other members of his squadron.
Reference: London Gazette 37012 dated 3 April 45, Page 1784. Citation in Air Ministry Bulletin 18150. (Citation Courtesy: Hugh Halliday) 

Distinguished Flying Cross
Fg Offr Khemendra Nath Kak 2004 GD(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron, RIAF  Award Date Announced 03 Apr 45
Details : Flying Officer Kak has accomplished his duties as tactical reconnaissance pilot with skill, courage and devotion to duty of a high order. He has achieved excellent results and brought back valuable information despite the monsoon weather and mountainous terrain.
Reference: London Gazette 37012 dated 3 April 45, Page 1784. Citation in Air Ministry Bulletin 18150. (Citation Courtesy: Hugh Halliday) 

Distinguished Flying Cross
Fg Offr Minoo Nowsherwan Bulsara 2364 GD(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron, RIAF  Award Date Announced 03 Apr 45
Details : This officer s a keen, courageous and skillful pilot who has taken part in a large number of tactical reconnaissance sorties. Many of these have been flown during monsoon weather over mountainous terrain. He has, throughout, displayed a high standard of airmanship, which coupled with his courage and devotion to duty have enabled him to achieve many successes and obtain valuable information for the Army.
Reference: London Gazette 37012 dated 3 April 45, Page 1784. Citation in Air Ministry Bulletin 18150. (Citation Courtesy: Hugh Halliday) 

Distinguished Flying Cross
Sqn Ldr   Ramaswamy Rajaram 1573 GD(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron, RIAF  Award Date Announced 17 Apr 45
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: London Gazette 37036 dated 17 April 1945, Page 2026 Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin 18375 (Citation Courtesy: Hugh Halliday) 

Distinguished Flying Cross
Flt Lt   Hirendra Nath Chatterjee 1620 GD(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron, RIAF  Award Date Announced 17 Aug 45
Details : Flight Lieutenant Chatterjee has completed a large number of operational sorties. An excellent flight commander and a determined and successful fighter reconnaissance pilot, he has flown on many difficult missions and brought back valuable information about the enemy and some outstanding photographs.
Reference: London Gazette 37228 dated 17 Aug 1945, Page 4188 Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin 19448. (Citation Courtesy: Hugh Halliday) 

Distinguished Flying Cross
Fg Offr   Narayan Khanderao Shitoley 1841 GD(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron, RIAF  Award Date Announced 17 Aug 45
Details : Flying Officer Shitoley is a daring and courageous reconnaissance pilot. He has taken part in a large number of operational sorties and the information he has obtained has been of great value to the army. In addition he has secured many excellent photographs. This officer has always displayed praiseworthy skill and determination to complete his allotted task, often in the most adverse weather
Reference: London Gazette 37228 dated 17 Aug 1945, Page 4188 Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin 19448. (Citation Courtesy: Hugh Halliday) 

Member of the Order of the British Empire
Fg Offr Harjinder Singh 1963 ENGUnit : No.1 Squadron, RIAF  Award Date Announced 01 Jun 43
Details :
Citation Not Available
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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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