Awardee List for the ATW


A total of 2 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 2 |
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
Sqn Ldr Billavara Kanthappa Ramakrishna 8143 F(P)Unit : Armament Training Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details :

A severe cyclone hit Jamnagar from the evening of till the early hours of 23 Oct 75 during which the wind went upto 180 km/hr. Squadron Leader Ramakrishna was officiating as Chief Operation Officer, right from the tine of receiving the initial warning personally supervised picketing of aircraft and himself got down the task along with various parties. During the hours of heavy gale, rain and darkness the officer went round from aircraft to aircraft and continued his supervision by walking in knee deep water in total darkness. The Officer's supervision of and guidance to gale parties was instrumental in saving a number of aircraft.

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

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