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.
Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number:
Group Captain Ravinath Gururaj Burii (14667) F (P) was commissioned as a Pilot in the IAF on 29 Dee 76. In 24 years of distinguished service, he has held several important appointments that include Directing Staff at Flying Instructors School, Flight Commander of a Jaguar Squadron, Directing Staff at Tactics And Combat Development Establishment (TACDE), Commanding officer of a Jaguar Squadron, Directing Staff at Defence Services Staff College, Chief Operations Officer (COO), and Commandant of TACDE. He is a graduate of Royal Air Force Staff College (UK) and has undergone Fighter Strike leaders course. Chief of Air Staff twice awarded him commendation, in the years 1992 and 1994. Jamnagar has one of the busiest airspace of the IAF, due to the presence of Air-to-Air and Alr-to-Ground ranges, and TACDE. Planning, controlling and co- ordinating of such large amount of flying, varying from flying by fighters and helicopters to advanced exercises by TACDE, is a Herculean task. As the COO, Gp Capt Burii has lead by example in ensuring a high level of operational efficiency. He meticulously planned and co-ordinated the Exercise Vayu Spardha- 2000, which demanded long working hours and was intensive with high workload during the conduct. He measured up to the expectations and provided excellent leadership In co-ordinating the Exercise to a very successful fruition. All other exercises and Op detachments at the Base were accorded similar professional involvement to ensure that the aims arc achieved. In the aftermath of the earthquake of 26 Jan 2001, Gp Capt Burii ensured the prevalence of a safe operational environment, round the clock for days together, that was required to efficiently tackle the mammoth task of providing support to relief operations. Through his experience, knowledge, leadership and hard work, Gp Capt Burii provided a very motivating inter-disciplinary influence on operational, maintenance and administrative environment of the Station. For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain Ravinath Gururaj Burli.
Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet
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