Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List


A total of 1451 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 1451 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Puran Singh 203441 ORUnit : Paratrooper Training School  Award Date 01 Jan 66 Announced 01 Jan 66
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Sergeant Puran Singh has been working as the non-commissioned officer in charge Daily Servicing Section of a Paratroopers Training School during the recent hostilities with Pakistan the aircraft of this unit were utilized for transport duties. Sergeant Singh worked with utmost devotion and relentless vigor to achieve cent per cent serviceability of the transport aircraft of his unit. The unit carried out all its allotted tasks which was possible due to high serviceability state of aircraft.

Sergeant Puran Singh's willingness to work cheerfully at all time was a source of inspiration to all airmen to work hard under very adverse conditions.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1966 Number:17 

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Sgt Dilip Kumar Mukerjee 400206 ORUnit : No.3 Squadron  Award Date 01 Jan 66 Announced 01 Jan 66
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Sergeant Dilip Kumar Mukerjee, F.II.E was on the posted strength of one of the fighter squadrons operating in the western sector when the present conflict with Pakistan started. During this period the operational com mitments of the squadron increased extensively and to ensure cent percent serviceability, he worked on the aircraft ceaselessly for long hours. His zeal, determination and single-minded devotion to duty was a source of inspiration to all airmen. His supervision of the technicians working under him earned him respect from all. But for his efforts, the heavy commitments the squadron was called up to undertake, would not have been possible.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1966 Number:17 

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Flt Sgt Seetharaman Ayyaswamy 204006 ORUnit : No.3 Squadron  Award Date 01 Jan 66 Announced 01 Jan 66
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Flight Sergeant Seetharaman Ayyaswamy was posted to one of the fighter squadrons operating in the western sector when the present operations started against Pakistan. At the outbreak of hostilities the squadron was faced with heavy operational commitments and to meet this commitment it was essential that high rate of serviceability of aircraft was maintained. During these critical days Flight Sergeant Ayyaswamy displayed high organizational ability, technical skill and great devotion to duty. He has worked round the clock with complete disregard to personal safety or comfort to ensure serviceability of the aircraft of his squadron. By his untiring efforts and inspiring leadership he has encourage his men to work to the maximum capacity.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1966 Number:17 

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Cpl Madayi Purhiyapurayil Jayaram 218570 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 01 Jan 66 Announced 01 Jan 66
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Corporal Madayi Puthiyapurayil Jayaram was serving in the Daily Servicing Section of an operational squadron in the western sector when the present hostilities started with Pakistan. To meet the high rate of operational commitments of the squadron it was essential to maintain cent percent serviceability of aircraft in the squadron.

Corporal Jayaram worked 14 hours a day during theses critical days and thus ensured that all aircraft under his charge were kept serviceable.

On 6th September 1965 when Pakistan Air Force raided the airfield, he was servicing an aircraft and in spite of the enemy aircraft diving for straffing runs he did not leave his aircraft until he had made sure that all the switches were put off, thus reducing the fire hazards.

By his devotion to duty in complete disregard to his personal safety he has set a fine example for the rest of his colleagues to follow.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1966 Number:17 

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Cpl Kalarickal Kurian Phillip 222454 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 01 Jan 66 Announced 01 Jan 66
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Corporal Kalarickal Kurian Philip was working in a fighter squadron in the western sector when the present hostilities against Pakistan started. At the outbreak of the hostilities was faced with heavy operation commitments and to meet these commitments it was essential that a high rate of serviceability of the aircraft was maintained.

Corporal Philip worked more than 16 hours a day during the critical period and ensured that all aircraft in his charge were kept serviceable. On 6th September, 1965, while he was working on an aircraft in the dispersal area, the airfield was attacked by enemy aircraft. During the raid, in spite of the enemy aircraft diving for a straffing attack Corporal Philip did not leave his own aircraft till he had ensured that all switches had been put off to minimise fire hazards. Through out this period Corporal Philip had shown zeal, determination and single minded devotion to duty which have been a source of inspiration to other airmen.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1966 Number:17 

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Cpl Brahmanpalli Kesari Rao 401264 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 01 Jan 66 Announced 01 Jan 66
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Corporal Brahmanpalli Kesari Rao was working as a F II A in a Headquarters when the present hostilities started with Pakistan.

On 13th September 1965, enemy aircraft attacked the airfield and damaged a helicopter on the ground. The damage to the aircraft was extensive and it was beyond the unit's capacity to repair it. Since the helicopter had to be flown to base for repairs, orders were issued to "patch repair" the aircraft.

Corporal Rao, along with six other tradesmen, was detailed to carry out the repairs. In the absence of relevant publications and adequate equipment, the task was formidable but Corporal Rao, with his confidence in his professional knowledge undertook the task with great enthusiasm. As the aircraft was parked in the open and the enemy air raids were taking place frequently the task had to be completed under extremely dangerous circumstances.

Corporal Rao had to repair the damages of such vital items as the main rotor blades, cyclic pitch control column and the hydraulic system. He also had to obtain the serviceable spares required for the repairs from another crashed aircraft lying a few miles away.

In spite of all these hazards Corporal Rao displayed cool courage devotion to duty and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1966 Number:17 

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LAC Thanauvan Gopinathan 216853 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 01 Jan 66 Announced 01 Jan 66
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Leading Aircraftsman Thanuvan Gopinathan was working as Radar Mechanic with Signals Unit when the present hostilities started with Pakistan.

During the operations leading Aircraftsman Gopinathan worked round the clock to ensure that the Radar sets were always serviceable. His enthusiasm, zeal and confidence in his profession has enabled him to meet the any eventuality which could have caused a technical breakdown.

The complete disregard to personal safety and comfort exhibited by him was a source of inspiration to his colleagues. It was due to his selfless hard work, loyalty and zeal that the radar sets were maintained serviceable throughout the operational period. Even the air raids on the unit did not deter him from carrying out his duty.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1966 Number:17 

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LAC Eanjuneyulu Mallikarjuna 401332 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 01 Jan 66 Announced 01 Jan 66
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Leading Aircraftsman Eanjuneyulu Mallikarjuna had been serving with a helicopter Unit when the present hostilities started with Pakistan.

On 13th September, 1965 the enemy aircraft attacked the airfield and extensively damaged a Mi-4 Helicopter. The extent of damage rendered the aircraft completely unserviceable and under normal conditions the repairs required were beyond the unit's capacity. Instruction were issued to carry out such repairs on the aircraft to enable it to be flown to base for repairs. Leading Aircraftsman Mallikarjuna, along with six other tradesmen was detailed for the task. In the absence of relevant publications and adequate tools the task seemed formidable with confidence in his professional ability he undertook the task and carried out the repairs in the minimum period. The aircraft was parked in the open and during this period, in spite of the danger of air raids without warning he carried out the repairs and has shown a rare sense of devotion to duty, loyalty and professional skill.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1966 Number:17 

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AC Sikanddar Gulab Kulkarni 256725 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 01 Jan 66 Announced 01 Jan 66
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Aircraftsman Sikandar Gulab Kulkarni was working with a Signals Unit when the present hostilities started with Pakistan.

On 20th September, 1965 he was on duty as radar tube observer. The tube was full of clutters due to the sky being overcast. The radar scope was clear only in very small patches and in spite of cluttering and disturbances, he was able to pick up a track leading towards his unit. Aircraftsman Kulkarni gave the correct direction and strength of enemy aircraft approaching the unit. As soon as the track faded from the tube he rushed to the 20mm gun mounted in the unit for air defence and took position and fired at the enemy aircraft when they were sighted. The enemy aircraft were driven away by ground fire.

The timely warning given by Aircraftsman Kulkarni was responsible for defensive action taken by the unit which saved the unit from major damage.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1966 Number:17 

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Sepoy Pritam Singh 9310745 ORUnit : 9 Wing  Award Date 01 Jan 66 Announced 01 Jan 66
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Sepoy Pritam Singh, a member of the Defence Security Corps was one of those entrusted with ground defence and security of an airfield in Punjab during the hostilities with Pakistan. When news was received about dropping of Pakistani paratroops near his airfield on 7th September, 1965, many a time, he entered maize fields at great personal risk and helped in capturing three Pakistani paratroops near Rajoana. He also recovered considerable quantities of arms and ammunition from the adjoining fields dropped by Pakistani aircraft along with paratroops.

On 8th September, 1965, this unit was under attack by enemy paratroops, he showed exemplary courage and, unmindful of personal risks, moved from one guard post to another in aid of his colleagues and fired light machineguns from security jeeps to keep the paratroopers away from the main perimeter fencing. Because of his night-long vigil, single-minded determination and offensive spirit, the attempts of the enemy to break into the airfield defences, were foiled and our aircraft and airfield installations escaped damage.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1966 Number:17 

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Sqn Ldr Dewki Nandan Sharma 3913 ARMTUnit : 18 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 66 Announced 26 Jan 66
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Squadron Leader Dewki Nandan Sharma is the Senior Armament officer at a forward operational Wing. During the recent hostilities when bombing and straffing were being carried out by the enemy, Squadron Leader Dewki Nandan Sharma, without any regard for his personal safety, moved from one location to another to feed ack. ack. guns, with the required ammunition and other stores, when the actual raid was in progress. Further, this officer without the help of any other officer, planned, coordinated, supervised and executed the missile preparation of the explosive stores required for various types of aircraft, practically for a period of 22 days non-stop. The task was carried out cheerfully with extraordinary zeal, which boosted the morale of his subordinates.

Squadron Leader D.N. Sharma, even during the actual raid, without any regard for personal safety, moved around the airfield installations to locate the un-exploded bombs and missiles and to effect immediate clearance to facilitate resumption of operational sorties.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1966 Number:20 

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Sqn Ldr John Albert Ratnam Balraj 4575 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 66 Announced 26 Jan 66
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Squadron Leader John Albert Ratnam Balraj the Commanding officer of an operational squadron carried out sixteen operational sorties out of which eight were low level tactical missions over enemy territory. During these missions he operated at the extreme limits of aircraft's radius of action, very often under enemy Ack. Ack. and light machine gun fire. In addition, he flew eight combat air patrols over his base, operating under difficult conditions. Squa dron Leader Balraj exhibited excellent flying sill and devotion to duty and has rendered distinguished service of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1966 Number:20 

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Sqn Ldr Tinnam Narayan Venkataraman 5133 ENGUnit : 41 Repair and Salvage Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 66 Announced 26 Jan 66
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Squadron leader Tinnam Narayan Ventkataraman has been in the command of a Repair and Salvage Unit since March, 1964. During the operations against Pakistan it was his responsibility to deploy repair parties, equipment and material to all wings and stations under Headquarters Western Air Command to undertake Cat 'A', Cat 'AC', and Cat 'B' patch repairs of aircraft damaged due to enemy action and flying accidents. The resources at his disposal although augmented somewhat for the operations, were by no means adequate. From these he organized parties for all wings constantly shifting personnel and equipment according to requirements. He visited every station to ensure that repair work was progressing satisfactorily. On many occasions he personally directed and supervised more difficult jobs these demanded tremendous resourcefulness and an untiring effort. His devotion to duty and courage was of such a high order that he always rushed to the place where his services were most required thus inspiring his men to efforts beyond the call of normal duty. The fact that in all his busy days, he never neglected the welfare of his men is further evidence of the outstanding manner in which he acquitted himself as their Commanding Officer. He kept his men constantly informed regarding the well being of their families thus relieving them of worries than can be natural under such circumstances.

The average repair time of damaged aircraft during operations was half a day, an out standing achievement by all standards, Squadron Leader Venkataraman's professional skill, ingenuity, leadership and above all his concern for the welfare of his men were mainly responsible for this outstanding achievement.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1966 Number:20 

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Sqn Ldr Iqbal Singh 5361 ENGUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 66 Announced 26 Jan 66
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To meet the requirements of the training establishments and operational units, one of our Base Repair Depots has continually been

called upon to increase the output of Vampire aircraft. By the end of 1964, this Depot was able to turn out only a few aircraft a month. As this was still not meeting the requirements revised plans to step up production were drawn up.

In April, 1965, Squadron Leader Iqbal Singh was posted in and was made Officer In charge Vampire Reconditioning Section. Immediate after he took over, it became apparent that this officer had the capacity to analyse and efficiently handle organizational problems connected with production activity. The impact of his taking over was soon felt as this officer so arranged the section that with the same man power ground equipment, tools and resources a sustained output of about twice the number of aircraft per moth was achieved in a short time.

During the recent hostilities with Pakistan everyone was called upon for a still bigger effort. Squadron Leader Iqbal Singh willingly accepted this additional challenge and by setting personal example for hard work and devotion to duty was responsible for producing a record number of aircraft in the month of September, 1965; a spectacular performance when compared with recent past.

Squadron leader Iqbal Singh has excellent organizing capability and a practical mind backed with sound professional skill. By his performance over a period of six months, Squadron Leader Iqbal Singh has rendered distinguished service of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1966 Number:20 

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Sqn Ldr Indrakanty Gopala Krishna 5398 ENGUnit : 7 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 66 Announced 26 Jan 66
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The Gnat aircraft of the Indian Air Force, most of which were based at one of our forward Wings, were prone to unserviceability of serious as well as petty nature. Even petty unserviceability in most cases involved thorough examination of the entire system in the aircraft. The result - very low serviceability.

To ensure a reasonable serviceability state and better utilization of the Gnats, Squadron Leader Indrakanty Gopala Krishna was attached to the Gnat Wing immediately prior to the commencement of recent hostilities. He was entrusted with the day to day servicing and rectification of not only the Gnats but also a few Hunter aircraft based there. There was heavy demand of the Gnat aircraft for use in the front line airfield like Pathankot, Adampur and Halwara. Quite often detachments had to be sent out with a nucleus of ground equipment and technical personnel to the new bases of operation which meant a reduction in the number of trained personnel at the home base. Added to this difficulty was the constant threat of Pakistani aircraft and paratroopers. Throughout the period of operations Squadron Leader Krishna worked hard himself and achieved a very high state of serviceability. His own professional knowledge, skill and organizing ability were such that they enthused the technical personnel on the station to better effort. Krishna did not spare any effort himself wherever his services were required during the day or night and maintained close liaison with the pilots of Gnat squadrons in order to learn of the problems of un-serviceability that were arising frequently and finding solutions for them. He created thereby a sense of confidence in the pilots about the reliability of this aircraft in combat.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1966 Number:20 

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Sqn Ldr Nivarthi Chittaranjan 5433 ENGUnit : 18 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 66 Announced 26 Jan 66
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Squadron Leader Nivarthi Chittaranjan was the Chief Technical Officer of a forward operational wing, when hostilities broke out with Pakistan. This base was the primary target of the Pakistan Air Force, throughout the period of hostilities.

During the period Squadron Leader Chittaranjan worked ceaselessly for 16 to 18 hours a day personally undertaking maintenance and servicing requirements. He was a source of encouragement and inspiration to all who worked with him, which resulted in maximum air effort being maintained in air defence and in support of our army.

On 6th September, 1965, there was a heavy air attack on this base by Pakistan Air Force which resulted in damage to some of our aircraft. At this time the full complement of the repair and salvage unit party had not arrived and Squadron Leader Chittaranjan had to fall mainly on his station resources of manpower, equipment and material to undertake the repair of these aircraft. He worked for nearly 48 hours without any rest and completed the repairs of these aircraft in a record time of just two days. Again on 9th September, 1965 when the Indian Oil Company fuel pumping equipment was suddenly rendered unserviceable due to a breakdown in the electric supply by a direct hit from an enemy aircraft, personal initiative and drive of this officer came to the fore. He immediately realized that to wait for the repair to the electrical supply and the pumping installation to be carried out through normal channels would be disastrous for our air operations. He at once organized hand pumping to fill up his refuellers as a stopgap arrangement. He procured a 25 KVA generating set from a local Army unit and put the pumping equipment in commission by some ingenious improvisations. The normal operation of the pumping equipment was thus completely restored in about 12 hours thereby ensuring uninterrupted refueling arrange ments. Both these achievements were outstanding and their fulfillment was most vital in the interest of air operations from this air base.

Had it not been for the professional skill, ingenuity, initiative and leadership displayed by this Officer, throughout the operations and particularly on the two occasions mentioned above, the availability of our aircraft for operations against the enemy would have been adversely affected. By his personal example and inspiring leadership, accepting almost impossible tasks cheerfully, this officer was a tower of strength to the technicians working under him. His work and efforts have been in the highest traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1966 Number:20 

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Sqn Ldr Nori Seetarama Sastry 5540 ENGUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 66 Announced 26 Jan 66
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Squadron leader Nori Seetarama Sastry has been Chief Technical Officer of an operational Wing since 21 September, 1964. During his tenure as Chief Technical Officer of the Wing his professional skill, initiative and ingenuity have been largely responsible for the mobilization and optimum utilization of the technical resources of his station. During the recent operations against Pakistan, Squadron Leader Sastry, in spite of repeated air attacks on his airfields, had maintained a very high rate of serviceability of the fleet of Alouette helicopters and Auster aircraft and completed repairs to aircraft and helicopters damaged due to enemy action or flying accident in record time. He also maintained a very high rate of serviceability of the common user and specialist vehicles thus enabling proper conduct of operations from his base.

The extensive repair work carried out on two Alouette III helicopters under his personal supervision and guidance deserves special mention. One of these helicopters had force landed on 28th May, 1965 on a helipad at an altitude of 14,500 feet. He realized the difficulties and limitations of airlifting heavy equipment and material required for this repair work to a helipad at such a high altitude. He planned his work and requirements of equipment with such thoroughness that minimum equipment and material had to be airlifted to enable the helicopter to be flown to base. He took just two additional airmen with him and yet was able to complete the work in a record time under two days. This achievement is outstanding particularly in view of the great discomfort felt by the repair party on account of cold, height and lack of proper shelter. Had it not been for Squadron Leader Sastry's exceptional devotion to duty, initiative and leadership it would not have been possible to retrieve this helicopter.

Another example of Squadron Leader Sastry's exceptional ability was evidenced when he organised and supervised the repair work on the second Alouette helicopter. This helicopter was categorized as cat 'B' as a result of an accident on 21st July, 1965. Apart from the extensive metal repairs, it involved replacement of about 60 per cent of the major assemblies and their installation checks and subsequent intricate adjustments. Squadron leader Sastry had to design and fabricate some fixtures and templates required for the job. Undaunted by the risks which he had to face during repeated air attacks by Pakistani aircraft, he continued and completed the work. The helicopter was subsequently air tested by a production test pilot and passed all approved tests required for such a major work and changes of assemblies. It was Squadron Leader Sastry's ingenuity and initiative that made this repair possible although the work involved was not within his purview.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1966 Number:20 

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Sqn Ldr Jagdish Mittar Kaushal 5846 ENGUnit : 12 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 66 Announced 26 Jan 66
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The operation of AN-12 aircraft was adversely affected during May-June, 1965 due to non-availability of aircraft accumulators. On finding that inordinate delay was likely in procuring new accumulators from Russia, Squadron Leader Jagdish Mitter Kaushal approached Air stores Park and collected more than hundred Cat 'E' accumulators which had sustained various types of damage during transit between Russia and India. Through hard work and ingenuity, he repaired about 90 per cent of the total number of these accumulators and after a thorough test put them into use. Their actual operation indicated that these accumulators were giving as good a service as the new ones. By his determination and initiative of high order, Squadron Leader Kaushal not only saved equipment worth a large amount in foreign exchange, but made a most significant contribution towards the maintenance of a high rate of aircraft serviceability.

On the night of 15 Sep 65, an aircraft crashed while taking off. The aircraft was carrying a full bomb-load of explosive bombs and caught fire on impact with an obstruction. The fire spread rapidly and threatened two AN-12 aircraft parked on the southern edge of the apron. Squadron leader Kaushal who was the Duty Engineering Officer immediately organised the evacuation of these aircraft with complete disregard to personal danger. Before long both the aircraft were towed away to a safe area. In doing so this officer exhibited exceptional devotion to duty in the face of risk to his own life.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1966 Number:20 

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Flt Lt Kunwar Yogendra Singh 5514 ADMUnit : 230 Signal Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 66 Announced 26 Jan 66
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Flight Lieutenant Kunwar Yogendra Singh posted to a Signals Unit, was charged with the responsibility of controlling a section of Gnat aircraft of an operational squadron on the 3rd September, 1965. While the section of Gnat aircraft was giving cover to another section of Mysteres engaged in close support to the Army, Flight Lieutenant K.Y Singh broadcast information accurately regarding all movement of aircraft approaching the sector in which the Gnats and Mysteres were operating and when the enemy aircraft reached the sector he deftly positioned the section of Gnats in such a manner that it was possible to achieve the first ever kill of a Pakistani F-86 Sabre Jet by a Gnat which, as it is known was piloted by Squadron Leader T. Keeler. Flight Lieutenant KY Singh was also responsible for many more successful intercept ions on the 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th September, 1965. On more than three such occasions he was in the control cabin giving broadcast control to own aircraft even though his Unit was under attack by enemy aircraft. Such coolness of head and unflinching dedication to the work on hand was possible because the officer possessed a thorough knowledge of his primary tasks and of the performance of the various aircraft he was controlling.

Flight Lieutenant KY Singh displayed a great amount of keenness and as at the operations room continuously without taking any rest especially on the first two days. He displayed a high sense of duty and resourcefulness.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1966 Number:20 

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MWO John Anthony George 46409 ORUnit : 1 Air Force Band  Award Date 26 Jan 66 Announced 26 Jan 66
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Master Warrant Officer John Anthony George is a talented musician and a graduate of Military School of Music, who has been actively associated with formation of Air Force bands right from their inception. This Master Warrant Officer, all through his career as a musician, has displayed great enthusiasm, zeal and devotion to duty of a very high order. He has distinguished himself as a composer of martial tunes for military bands and his contribution towards the overall improvement of standard of music and bands has been magnificent. The tunes composed by Master Warrant Officer George have been accepted for the bands of the defence Services. Earlier, for is professional efficiency, this Master Warrant Officer received commendations by the Chief of the Air Staff.

When the proposal for accelerated training to increase the establishment of the bands was undertaken, this Master warrant Officer rose to the occasion and was mainly responsible for the advanced training of the newly passed out musicians and the development of the Indian Air Force bands. He has at all times personally undertaken all important assignments and has inspired great confidence among the bandsmen placed under his charge.

This master warrant Officer has displayed exceptional professional skill, loyalty and devotion to duty of a very high order, which is in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1966 Number:20 

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Sgt Om Parkash Midha 300098 ORUnit : 42 Repair and Salvage Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 66 Announced 26 Jan 66
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During the recent operations, Sergeant Om Prakash Midha of repair and salvage unit was associated with the repairs of aircraft at forward airfield. Till the arrival of the officer commanding on 10th September, 1965, this Senor Non-commissioned officer was placed in charge of the repair party. He rose to the occasion and shouldered the responsibility with exceptional skill and resourcefulness. He displayed high professional skill and ingenuity. The repair work carried out under his guidance and supervision was of the highest standard and was done in record time thus ensuring maximum serviceability.

A large number of Cat 'AC' repairs were carried out by the repair and salvage unit party at this forward base during the operations. For some unavoidable reasons, the full complement of the repair and salvage unit party and the officer-in-charge could not be positioned till 10th September, 1965 and the bulk of repair responsibility had fallen on the shoulders of Sergeant Midha. His task was by no means easy since the base was being subjected to repeated attacks and the enemy had dropped paratroops nearby to set an naught the full working capacity of this air base. The base had to observe complete blackout at night, thereby making the repair work still more difficult. But all these handicaps did not dampen the spirit of Sergeant Midha in carrying out his tasks with single minded devotion and with a spirit dedication. The organizing ability, drive and great devotion to duty in the face of personal hardship and risk, shown by this senior non-commissioned officer have been in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1966 Number:20 

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Wg Cdr Krishna Gopal Pillai 2018 A&SDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 67 Announced 26 Jan 67
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Wing Commander Gopal took over the station equipment section at one of the operational wings in May, 1964. This section was then considered to be the weakest link in the efficient functioning of the station.

Within a few weeks, Wing Commander Krishna Gopal Pillai reorganized the section on a more rational basis thereby almost doubling the output. Under his firm and efficient supervision and expert guidance, the Station Equipment Section became one of the most efficient sections on the station within a few months time. The varied demands of the squadrons based at this operational wing were promptly met. The resultant increase in aircraft serviceability was the result of the efficient working of the equipment section. The operational preparedness of the units based at this Wing during the trying periods of hostilities against Pakistan in 1965, was due entirely to the personal contribution of Wing Commander Krishna Gopal Pillai and the efficient manner in which he carried out the reorganization of his section. In addition to his basic duties as the senior Equipment Officer, he cheerfully volunteered for many other secondary duties and carried them out to the utmost satisfaction of the station commander.

His capacity for hard work, organizing ability and unflattering devotion to duty were a source of inspiration not only to the personnel serving under him, but even to others who came in contact with him. Unfortunately, this dedicated officer died in June, 1966.

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

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Wg Cdr Vettakkorumakankav Sivarama Narayanan 3549 SIGSUnit : 4 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 67 Announced 26 Jan 67
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Wing Commander Vettakkorumakankav Sivrama Narayanan has been engaged in the Planning and implementation of advanced electronic systems in the Indian Air force since October, 1957.

When Canberra bombers were introduced in the Indian Air Force, this officer was entrusted with the task of planning, organizing and commissioning the system of blind bombing with this aircraft. He was also instrumental in setting up the bombing range for Canberra aircraft at Bambina where the complete blind bombing system was put to trial. He also organised the systematic training of personnel in the planning and computations for this new bombing system.

In early 1962, he was intimately associated with the planning and formation of new Air Defence Ground Environment System for India together with a multi-channel communication system. This plan formed the basis of the subsequent discussions with the officials from the United States and United Kingdom for improving the air defence system and communication facilities of this country. However, during the Indo-Pak conflict in September, 1965 when U.S assistance was suddenly withdrawn, it was discovered that there were still many deficiencies which were vital for the operations of the new Air Defence System. The most important of them was the Manual Central Office Equipment require for the internal, point-to-point and air-to-ground communications and radio equipment for air-to-ground communication facilities. With remarkable initiative and inventive genius Wing Commander Narayanan planned, coordinated and established the required facilities entirely with indigenous equipment. Subsequently, with his characteristic confidence and resourcefulness, he successfully completed the installation programme with our own personnel and resources.

Wing Commander Narayanan has also been responsible for the development of a Line Unit for use with Teletype equipment. Large numbers of these units are required, and they used to be imported from abroad. The equipment developed by this officer has functioned efficiently and is now under production in the Indian Telephone Industries, Bangalore thus resulting in considerable saving of foreign exchange.

The contributions made by Wing Commander Vettkakorumakankav Sivarama Narayanan have been significant and farreaching.

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

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MWO Gabriel Patric 10516 ORUnit : AirHQ Communications Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 67 Announced 26 Jan 67
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Master Warrant Officer (Honorary Flying Officer) Gabriel Patrick has been on the posted strength of Air Headquarters Communication Squadron for the last 10 years. During his stay in this unit he has been responsible for servicing and maintenance of Viscount aircraft used for conveying Indian as well as visiting foreign dignitaries. During this period the Viscount aircraft of this squadron have operated at the best possible standard of serviceability and safety. There has not been a single known case of delay on account of an engineering defect. The accident-free record of Viscount operations in this squadron during the last 10 years, has been a proud achievement of this unit. This has been primarily due to the substantial contribution made by Honorary Flying Officer Gabriel Patrick through his high level of professional skill and efficient personal supervision.

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

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MWO Sadhu Singh Dogra 3774 ORUnit : Aircraft Repair and Manuf  Award Date 26 Jan 67 Announced 26 Jan 67
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Master Warrant Officer Sadhu Singh Dogra was posted as Machine Tools Safety Operator at the Repair and Manufacturing Depot on 13th Apr, 1965. On taking over the appointment he found that there was a considerable backlog of manufacturing task in the machine shop and many tasks were held up for lack of spare parts, which are imported items. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Master Warrant Officer Dogra, with his vast experience in technical field, got down to manufacture indigenously the spare parts of aircraft components and ground equipment. He also devised a method for reclaiming several components like piston tube of Vampire Oleo Legs which resulted in the clearance of A.O.G demands and this factor directly helped the operational potential of the Vampire fleet of the I.A.F.

So far the Hunter power control pattern and sleeves were being sent to U.K. for reclamation. Master Warrant Officer Dogra, with his ingenuity, initiated the idea of reclaiming these items with the use of the "DO ALL" lapping machine. This will result in considerable saving of foreign exchange.

Master Warrant Officer Dogra has consistently displayed a high degree of professional skill, ingenuity, an extraordinary capacity for hard work and rendered invaluable service beyond the call of normal duty to his unit and, in turn, to the Air Force. By his personal contribution, he has helped to improve the Engineering Section at the Repair and Manufacturing Depot and thus made a direct contribution to the operational preparedness and potential of the force.

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

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MWO Shanti Sarup Kapoor 11089 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 67 Announced 26 Jan 67
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Master Warrant Officer Shanty Sarup Kapoor has been posted as the officer i/c of a Provost and Security Flight at one of the operational wings near our Northern Borders. Soon after his arrival he established cordial relations with Intelligence Bureau, Civil Investigation Department and high ranking Civil Government Officials. The good relations thus established benefited the station in many ways.

Due to shortage of Officers M.W.O. Kapoor was called upon to perform the secondary duty of the Station Security Officer. Immediately on appointment, he started organizing the security section and tightening up the security measures. Its location and the environmental conditions rendered this station vulnerable to various security risks and during the operations against China, the problem of security assumed greater magnitude. Working hard, M.W.O. Kapoor pooled all his resources and reinforced security measures against infiltration, sabotage and espionage. He took pains to initiate a number of minor and major works and assisted the administration to get the works executed within the shortest possible time through personal approach to the various officials connected with the works. The completion of these tasks improved the security of the station.

Master Warrant Officer Kapoor prepared many security lectures and trained all personnel to be security minded. Although the strength of security personnel was inadequate, he judiciously deployed the available strength to maintain the security of the station. With the passage of time, the security organisation of this station has grown in size as well as in efficiency and this has been mainly due to the hard work and resourceful of this Master Warrant Officer.

In August and September, 1965 when the security of the station was threatened due to the approach of Pakistani infiltrators followed by enemy air attack, this Master Warrant Officer effectively implemented the ground defence and air raid precaution schemes with all the available resources in a very efficient manner. He rendered valuable service throughout this period thereby ensuring security of the station and its personnel.

Master Warrant Officer Shanty Sarup Kapoor has served for over 24 year and has rendered invaluable service to the Air Force.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Cpl Arungottukara Veerabhargava Subramanian 214991 ORUnit : Air Force Signals Centre  Award Date 26 Jan 67 Announced 26 Jan 67
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Corporal Arungottukara Veraraghava Subramanian is a Wireless operator Mechanic. Till about April 1963, the teleprinter channel between Air Force Signals Centre and Headquarters Training Command was working as a simplex channel, each unit taking turns to transmit its messages. The rate of clearance of traffic was therefore rather slow.

On 30 the April, 1963 heavy traffic was pending on both sides of the teleprinter circuit and it was considered impossible to clear all the traffic in simplex system. On the initiative of Corporal Subramanian, the channel was changed to work on duplex system. This was accomplished by Corporal Subramanian by giving instructions on telephone to the machines at Air Force Signal Centre, New Delhi. The inventive genius and resourcefulness of this non-commissioned officer enabled the teleprinter channel to handle twice as much traffic as would have been possible on a simplex system.

On his own initiative and enthusiasm Corporal Subramanian has developed and assembled a line unit for use with the Hindustan Teleprinters. His invention enabled the use of the machine for duplex or simplex system and also for the purpose of testing locally or by distant station in a very simple manner. Without the aid of this modification these operations would have taken about 20 minutes even for an experienced mechanic. The Line Unit designed and developed by Corporal Subramanian has thus provided a time saving measure for changing of any system of operation or for testing to be conducted on the teleprinter lines. The Indian telephone industries have taken the idea from this Non-commissioned Officer for the development of a Line Unit for teleprinters. When this unit goes into production, it will save about a thousand rupees per unit in foreign exchange, apart from the saving of time as mentioned above. The very high degree of inventive skill shown by this young non-commissioned officer in the field of creative thinking has contributed substantially toward improve ment of communication facilities not only in the Air Force but in the country.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Ganendra Mukherji 3781 ENGUnit : 3 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 68 Announced 26 Jan 68
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In 1964, a large number of aircraft had accumulated in one of our Base Repair Depots awaiting production. There was, therefore challenge to be met and the backlog to be cleared for improving the operational preparedness of units in the Air Force. Wing Commander Ganendra Mukherji who was posted to this Base Repair Depot as Chief Technical Officer in September, 1964, set about this task with grit and determination. Within a short period he organised the working of the various sections and increased the productivity.

During the hostilities with Pakistan in 1965, necessity for even better effort was clearly the need of the hour. Wing Commander Ganendra Mukherji rose to the occasion and by his sustained hard work, inspired leadership and efficient direction, achieved maximum results. It is also largely due to his personal guidance and participation that an important operational modification on Mi-4 helicopters was undertaken and completed by this Base Repair Depot in record time during this period.

Again during December, 1965, and the subsequent months, when this Base Repair Depot was reorganised Wg. Cdr. Mukherji was called upon to put in very hard and exacting working routine to ensure speedy completion of the tasks. This officer once again displayed qualities of resourcefulness and organising ability of a high order and notwithstanding his poor state of health at that time, achieved commendable results.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Subbiah Murugan 5252 TECHUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 68 Announced 26 Jan 68
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Squadron Leader Subbiah Murugan was posted to one of the Base Repair Depots which is responsible for repair and overhaul of signals and radar equipment.

On his own initiative he set up the overhaul line for a newly acquired type of radar equipment and within a short time the turn round period for overhaul was reduced considerably. Since the equipment acquired was new and our technical personnel lacked the requisite experience on it, Sqn. Ldr. Subbiah Murugan had to prepare lists of spares and components required for overhauling the sets. Pending arrival of the spares, he met the requirements from improvised equipment which were manufactured under his personal supervision and guidance at the Repair Depot. It was under his personal leadership and guidance that manufacture of new components was undertaken at his Repair Depot thereby saving an amount of about Rs. 5 Lakhs in foreign exchange. The range of production of components included those made of rubber, bakelite non-ferrous metals and ceramics.

Several foreign made transformers were required to be purchased at a cost of about Rs 5 Lakhs. Sqn. Ldr. Subbiah Murugan, on coming to know about the requirement, was confident that these transformers could be made at the Base Repair Depot by the Air Force technicians. He opened an unserviceable transformer to obtain the necessary technical data. His next requirement was a heavy coilwinding machine. Since this machine is an expensive item of equipment, Sqn Ldr Subbiah Murugan designed and made it himself at the Repair Depot. Thereafter he set about manufacturing the transformers which were badly required by the Air Force units. The total saving of foreign exchange effected was, therefore, more than about Rs. 5 Lakhs. The officer's achievement has also opened an avenue for the Air Force to manufacture these items without dependence on foreign supplies.

In collaboration with a foreign firm, Sqn Ldr. Subbiah Murugan has evolved the technique of potting a transformer. As a result the transformers used in some of our blind bombing equipment can now be made at this Repair Depot, if raw-material is made available.

Sqn. Ldr. Subbiah Murugan also developed a technique to make card board boxes of correct design for scientific and safe packing electronic equipment. Waste paper which used to be burnt in the past is now converted into pulp and used for packing electronic equipment and to cocoon them for long storage.

The initiative, devotion to duty and superb technical knowledge displayed by Sqn. Ldr. Subbiah Murugan have been of a remarkably high order.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Chittilemcherry Pathiyal Karunakaran Menon 5350 SIGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 68 Announced 26 Jan 68
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In April, 1966, Squadron Leader Chittilemcherry Pathiyil Karunakaran Menon (5350) Technical/Signals took over charge of the Project Team entrusted with the responsibility of planning, installation, flight testing and commissioning of radar approach control system for an advance airfield. One of the components of the systems was the Precision Approach Radar of foreign manufacture received at this airfield in 1966. Without any familiarization training on the equipment imported in the country for the first time, Squadron Leader Menon had to plan and organise the inspection of the equipment, the engineering aspects of the radar installation including buildings, power supplies and remote presentation facilities prior to the arrival of the foreign experts. Squadron Leader Menon had also to plan and execute the installation of the equipment with meager resources available at the airfield in the least possible time to ensure a maximum warranty period for the equipment.

The Installation of the P.A.R. equipment commenced at this air field in the last week of April, 1967 and was finished in the first week of July, 1967. With his remarkable leadership, initiative, confidence, inventive genius and tactful liaison with the foreign experts Squadron Leader Menon was able to complete the entire installation utilizing only 312 Engineer days as against 399 projected for, thus leading to a saving of Rs. 21,000/- at pre-devaluation rates.

Squadron Leader Menon was also responsible to install a stand-by generator with very complex automatic circuits without any outside help. In this he has shown a technical skill, application and initiative of a very high order resulting in a further saving to the public funds. He was also instrumental in re-oriented the training programme and syllabi for training of controllers and Signals tradesmen under the supervision of the foreign experts which resulted in curtailing their stay in India and an additional saving of about Rs 22, 000/- also at pre-devaluation rates.

Throughout the installation Squadron Leader Menon has shown initiative, determination, sense of responsibility, devotion to duty, technical skill and professional leadership of a very superior caliber.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt Arvind Rutuparna Vaidya 6581 ARMTUnit : No.35 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 68 Announced 26 Jan 68
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Flight Lieutenant Arvind Rutuparna Vaidya (6581) Technical/Armament while serving as the armament officer in a bomber squadron has designed and fabricated a number of armament test rigs, circuit testers and modifications. With the help of the test rig and the circuit tester the bombing circuit can be functionally tested even after bombs have been loaded in the aircraft. This device has greatly enhanced the operational potential of the bomber squadron in ensuring eliminating of hang-ups or faulty release of bombs.

The inventive ideas displayed by Flight Lieutenant Vaidya have contributed considerably towards devising equipment in the Air Force from indigenous resources which will go a long way in enhancing the operational potential of all bomber squadrons when these equipment and modifications are incorporated. The technical acumen and ingenuity of Flight Lieutenant Arvind Rutuparna Vaidya are worthy of high praise and recognition.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Sgt Kishori Lal 3517 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 68 Announced 26 Jan 68
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Flight Sergeant Pishori Lal has been posted in an operational fighter squadron in the Western sector since March, 1964. During this period, he has been the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Electrical Section.

Problems arising out of shortage of spares and ground equipment were faced by the squadron quite frequently. With his ingenuity, skill and hard labour, Flt Sgt Pishori Lal fabricated devices for testing electrical equipment used on the type of aircraft in his Squadron. His excellent guidance and supervision of airmen working under him, a majority of whom had never worked on this type of aircraft or equipment before, resulted in turning out most of them into reliable and efficient technicians.

During the operations against Pakistan, he worked day and night without any regard for his personal safety or comfort. He organised his workmen in such a manner that rectification of aircraft unserviceablity was undertaken on the spot as and when they occurred and this resulted in a much higher state of aircraft serviceability.

Flight Sergeant Pishori Lal's leadership, personal conduct and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the service.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Sgt Jacob John 25871 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 68 Announced 26 Jan 68
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Flight Sergeant Jacob John has been in a heavy Transport Squadron since June, 1963.

As the senior N.C.O. in Charge of the Daily Servicing section he has worked with untiring zeal, perseverance and cool efficiency. There have been times when the aircraft serviceability state of the squadron had been low. This senior N.C.O. worked round the clock and has, by his personal endeavour, enthusiasm and supervision brought up the serviceability of aircraft to a high state to enable the squadron to meet its commitments. His zeal, determination and single minded devotion to duty has been a source of inspiration to all airmen working with him. But for his personal efforts towards bringing up the serviceability state of aircraft of the squadron, it would have been difficult to meet even the day to day commitments.

He is an outstanding example of senior N.C.O., who has shown initiative, supervisory capabilities and perseverance beyond the call of duty. During his tenure in the squadron, he has rendered distinguished service of a high order in the best traditions of Air Force.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Jyotirmoy Neogi 203471 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 68 Announced 26 Jan 68
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Sergeant Jyotirmay Neogi has been continuously serving in a helicopter unit in the eastern sector since February, 1962, after he volunteered for duties in operational areas.

He is a well-disciplined, conscientious, hard working and the most experienced technician in this trade in the squadron. His theoretical as well as practical knowledge in his trade is outstanding. All his superiors are highly impressed by his work and his juniors look forward to him for guidance and advice. He is always cheerful and even when working under adverse environments during long hours; he spares no pains in ensuring methodical and foolproof servicing of helicopters. Due to these qualities he has successfully enhanced the high morale for both aircrews and ground crews of his Squadron. It was to some extent due to his untiring efforts that the squadron was able to maintain a high state of helicopter serviceability and undertake heavy operational commit ments in the Mizo hills and North East Frontier Agency.

The outstanding devotion to duty, sincerity of purpose and exemplary work displayed by Sergeant Jyotirmay Neogi are in the best traditions of the Air Force.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Baldev Singh Plaha 204631 ORUnit : Jet Training Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 68 Announced 26 Jan 68
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In 1962, a team of technical airmen at the Jet Training Wing built an armament trainer for pupil pilots to go through basic procedural drill before they went up for flight exercises in the air. The idea of the armament trainer though conceived by the then Chief Instructor of Jet Training Wing, was made practicable due to the dedicated spirit, technical know how and hard work of the members of this technical team. Sergeant Baldev Singh Plaha was one of them. With the help of this trainer a great improvement in the accuracy of firing during armament exercises was achieved.

Later on, when the utility of the first armament trainer was fully assessed, the same team under the guidance of the same officer set to work to produce another armament trainer of an improved performance specifically for Vampire aircraft. This trainer was installed at one of our Air Force stations and proved of great use as a standard armament trainer for pilots of fighter and fighter-bomber squadrons.

Finally, a third armament trainer for Hunter aircraft with equipment and spares salvaged from crashed aircraft was designed and built by the same technical team with great success. Sergeant Baldev Singh Plaha took an active part in the design and construction of all the three armament trainers. The great technical skill, zeal, hard work and devotion to duty displayed by this senior N.C.O. in completing the tasks undertaken by the team are worthy of high praise and recognition.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Tipuvannamalai Srinivasa Gopalakrishna 209057 ORUnit : Jet Training Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 68 Announced 26 Jan 68
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In 1962, a team of technical airmen at the Jet Training Wing built an armament trainer for pupil pilots to go through basic procedural drill before they went up for flight exercises in the air. The idea of the armament trainer though conceived by the then Chief Instructor of Jet Training Wing, was made practicable due to the dedicated spirit, technical knowhow and hard work of members of this technical team. Sergeant Gopalkrishnan was one of them. With help of this trainer a great improvement in the accuracy of firing during armament exercises was achieved.

Later on, when the utility of the first armament trainer was fully assessed, the same team under the guidance of the same officer set to work to produce another armament trainer of an improved performance specifically for Vampire aircraft. This trainer was installed at one of our Air Force Stations and proved of great use as a standard armament trainer for pilots of fighter and fighter-bomber squadrons.

Finally, a third armament trainer for Hunter aircraft with equipment and spares salvaged from crashed aircraft was designed and built by the same technical team with great success. Sergeant Tiruvannamalai Srinivasa Gopalkrishnan took an active part in the design and construction of all the three armament trainers. The great technical skill, zeal, hard work and devotion to duty displayed by this senior N.C.O in completing the tasks undertaken by the team are worthy of high praise and recognition.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Ramakrishna Janakiram Gosawi 400407 ORUnit : Jet Training Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 68 Announced 26 Jan 68
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Sergeant Ramakrishna Jankiram Gosawi has been in-charge of the repair and servicing section of a logistic support squadron since October, 1964. With the limited resources available at the forward airfield in the Eastern Sector, from which his squadron was required to operate, this S.N.C.O left no stone unturned to keep the aircraft of his squadron in the air.

More than once, during the years 1965 and 1966, major tasks such as engine change had to be carried out at forward helipads right in the midst of mountains and wild life. During those times, this S.N.C.O showed exemplary courage and determination in leading teams of a handful of airmen to perform the tasks allotted. On every occasion he successfully carried out the repairs in a remarkably short time. Instances, where the final tasks were accomplished, with nothing but a few candles to provide light, were not uncommon.

At times, when aircraft serviceability reached low ebb, this SNCO, in utter disregard to personal comforts, proceeded to areas in the interior to salvage equipment and spares from the crashed aircraft so that the overall aircraft serviceability at base could be improved. His sincere and unflinching devotion to duty and cheerful acceptance of the hazards of working under difficult conditions, provided a magnificent inspiration to all other airmen of the squadron

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Bangalore Madavaraya Umberkoman 2662 ACCTUnit : IAFBA  Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
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Wing Commander Bangalore Madhavaraya Umberkoman (2662) (Retired) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in October, 1943, in the Accounts Branch. During his career he has held important appointments such as Assistant Director Pay, Pensions & Regulations, Command Accounts Officer and Deputy Director Accounts. During his service career he has attended many courses including Equipment Accounts Course and Defence Services Staff College Course. From March 1964 to January 1968 when he retired from the Indian Air Force he was Honorary Secretary Indian Air Force Benevolent Association, the job in which he has continued in paid capacity after his retirement.

Wing Commander Umberkoman possesses professional knowledge of a very high standard which he effectively used as Secretary of Indian Air Force Benevolent Association. During his Secretaryship of the Association for the last five years, he has been instrumental in implementing various new schemes such as Family Assistance Scheme (Officers), Family Assistance Scheme (Airmen) and Instrumental Agent of the LIC. The funds of the Association grew three-fold during his tenure. In planning, organisation and supervision he has displayed dynamism and drive. He has worked with determination to alleviate the hardship of serving and retired personnel and their dependents. Of a genial temperament and urbane manners he has devoted himself to the task of welfare in Air Force with a missionary zeal. He possesses keen business acumen and is knowledgeable about sound investment ventures.

Wing Commander Umberkoman has displayed loyalty, outstanding devotion to duty and a capacity for continued hard work throughout his career in the Air Force.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Varada Kagendra Sundara Rao 3267 EQPTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
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Wing Commander Varada Kagendra Sundara Rao, while commanding a forward Air Storage Park has brought up the unit to successfully achieve the role assigned to it in a remarkable manner. During this period, he surmounted tremendous difficulties by the ingenuity of his professional knowledge and exceptional devotion to duty. With utter disregard to his personal discomfort he has devoted himself to the task with great zeal, tremendous capacity for work and superior organising ability. He has achieved remarkable success even in other appointments. He has rendered invaluable service of a very high order.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Vidya Sagar Lakhanpal 3706 EQPTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
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Wing Commander Vidya Sagar Lakhanpal possess missionary zeal and matchless sense of duty. While serving at an Air Storage Park in the Eastern Sector he dedicated himself to the problems of a gigantic magnitude facing the unit. By his constant hard work and devotion to duty he was able to resolve these problems during the tense period of stress and strain. His contribution to the work in an exemplary manner under difficult circumst ances singles him out. He has rendered invaluable service of an exceptional order.

Wing Commander Vidya Sagar Lakhanpal with his devotion to duty and exemplary manner has set an example for others to follow.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Chandramowleswaran 3796 SIGSUnit : EE&IU  Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
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A chain of radar stations was planned to be set up with United States assistance for the air defence of the country. In September 1965, U. S. assistance was withdrawn. Consequently Indian Air Force was obliged to take up the installation of the radar chain without any technical assistance. Wg. Cdr. Chandramowleswaran was posted as commanding officer of an installation unit entrusted with the responsibility of installing three radar stations.

The equipment to be installed was an extremely complex one incorporating some highly advanced techniques. None of our technicians had any experience in installing or maintaining this equipment. The task involved marrying a variety of diverse equipment like Search Radar, Height Finder Radar, display systems, communication systems etc. In addition, the task was made more complicated in the absence of all the installation equipment. Hence the problems posed were indeed formidable.

Wg. Cdr. Chandramowleswaran took up this challenge and completed the task of installation and calibration of three stations, proved the installations and handed them over as working stations to the respective units which are now operational. During installation, he had to refer to numerous drawings and publications and ensure that the installations were up to the expected standard. Wherever items were deficient or unserviceable careful market study was carried out under the guidance and appropriate repair agencies and suppliers of in lieu items were located. Thus the installation programme progressed without delay. The task was completed within the planned schedule satisfactorily, economically and without any mishap whatsoever.

By his superior organising ability and able leadership, he welded his installation unit into a highly competent and dedicated team. Wing Commander Chandramowleswaran's contribution to the installation of these vital air defence radar stations constitutes distinguished service of high order.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Erasseri Pathayapurayil Radhakrishnan Nair 3837 F(N)Unit : Navigation and Signals School  Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
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Wing Commander Erasseri Pathayapura Radhakrishnan Nair has been in the Command of the Navigation and Signals School since November, 1966. Prior to this posting, he had held a variety of important appointments. In the performance of these duties he has shown commendable initiative and exceptional ability as an instruction and administrator.

During the period of his command, he had to face enormous problems connected with training, maintenance and administration. In accordance with the reorganised post emergency training plans Navigation and Signals School was to re-form at Begumpet as an independent unit in January, 1968. When the proposed move was made known towards the end of 1967, there were two ab-initio Navigators Courses, one Signallers (Air) Course and one Navigation Instructors Course under training at their school. The Navigators and Signallers (Air) Courses had to be completed in December, 1967 if the planned flow of aircrew to operational squadrons were to be maintained. This task was admirably completed by the Navigation and Signals School. To accomplish this, while the preparations for the move were in progress, demanded an organising ability of the highest order. By this inspiring leadership, man management and exampleable, Wing Commander Nair was able to obtain willing cooperation from his instructional and maintenance staff. The move was completed in a very organised and orderly manner and the courses commenced training at the new location within ten days of the move, which speaks of his administrative ability.

Often, the low serviceability state of the limited class room aircraft had given the school cause for anxiety. During these occasions, Wing Commander Nair had shown utmost patience untiring zeal, initiative and tactfulness of high order which made it possible to maintain the enthusiasm and confidence of the staff.

This officer has also distinguished himself professionally as a navigator on transport aircraft and as an instructor. Currently he holds a transport "A" category and a "A-2" instructor's category.

Throughout the tenure as the Commanding Officer of the Navigation and Signals School. Wing Commander Errasseri Pathayapura Radhakrishnan Nair has displayed organising ability, dedication to duty, professional superiority and resourcefulness of a high order.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Vasant Marutirao Warty 4059 SIGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
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Highly complex high power radar stations were provided to the Air Force under U.S. Aid Scheme. These stations had to be planned, installed and operated after September, 1965 by the Air Force without any technical assistance. Wing Commander Warty was appointed as the Commanding Officer of an installation of a few of these stations.

Each radar installation was extremely complicated involving highly advanced tech- niques. The officers and the technicians of the unit had little or no experience either in the installations or maintenance of this equipment. Many components of the equipment each complex in itself, had to be integrated into complete system. Unserviceable items of equipment had to be serviced and indigenous substitutes had to be found for efficient items. Thus erection and operation of the radar stations presented a formidable task.

Wing Commander Warty undertook this challenging task in an extremely able manner and completed the installation and calibration of the radar stations allotted to him. He had to prove each installation and hand them over as a turn key project to the respective units, which, thereafter had only to carry out routine operation and maintenance. During the process of installation, operation and calibration, Wing Commander Warty had to refer to innumerable complicated diagrams, publications and test schedules in order to ensure that the installations came up to the expected standards. New methods of erection, especially of heavy equipment, had to be evolved. A careful market study had to be done in order to procure indigenous installation material. Apart from all this the installations had to be progressed expeditiously to a very tight time schedule which involved completion of installation and calibration of each station within a short period of four to six months.

Wing Commander Warty completed the installation of the stations allotted to him in the most satisfactory and economical manner. He had shown superior organising ability and able leadership. He was able to infuse a high degree of enthusiasm and dedication to the tasks in his officers and men. He welded officers and other ranks of different branches and trades into highly complicated task entrusted to him. His contribution to planning, installation and operation of these vital radar stations represents a distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Dinkar Viswanath Deshpande 4305 METUnit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
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During the tenure as Command Met Officer, he has enhanced the efficiency of meteorological facilities for the optimum operational flying by sheer initiative and enthusiasm. By arranging continuous Met Training and high lighting effects on flying of seasonal weather hazards through periodic circular, he has made the aircrew more weather conscious. He has spared no efforts to ensure that Met Sections situated at remote corners function at the highest efficiency. The officer's forecasting abilities are of a high order. During last two years, Headquarters Western Air Command organised several exercised and fly pasts involving a large number of aircraft. The officer's forecasts in marginal weather conditions were found to be very accurate and extremely useful for carrying out the exercises with safety. During the last twenty five years of active forecasting the officer has developed a deep insight into the ways of weather.

Throughout his service career, the officer has put in very hard work, and willingly met exacting commitments very creditably, in spite of limited staff and facilities. As a Met Officer at various operational Wings, without caring for his personal comforts, this officer worked long hours for several days at a time to cope with the heavy burden. With the cooperation of aircrews he was responsible for planning nearly 300 Met Reconnaissance flights. These have yielded unique and very valuable high level data and have attracted world-wide attention. He identified himself with the aircrews by flying with them whenever possible and by personal interest in their problems and flight safety. As the first Command Met Officer of HQ Training Command, he was responsible for organising Met Training and Met facilities for flying training for aircrews and Met Officers and men, when the Emergency training plan was at its peak strength. Through standardization of Met précis, training aids and frequent inspections of all training Unit he ensured a high standard of Met training and Met facilities.

The officers has flown over 300 hours in various types of aircraft including an eleven hour marathon chase of a severe cyclonic storm in a research aircraft. He has represented India in International Meteorological Seminar and Expedition.

The superb manner in which Wing Commander Deshpande shouldered the great responsibilities in providing excellent meteorological facilities for optimum operational efforts and succeeded in gaining the confidence of aircrew by his accurate predications is in the best and highest traditions of the Indian Air Force.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Parduman Kumar Jain 4366 ADMUnit : 28 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
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Squadron Leader Parduman Kumar Jain, the Senior Air Traffic Control Officer at one of the Air Force Wings, has discharged his responsibilities with exceptional resourcefulness and outstanding devotion to duty. He has been a pioneer in the establishment of the Ground Control Approach system and other Radio/Radar Communications which are so vital to the safety of aircraft operating in the Kashmir valley. Despite tremendous shortcomings, extremely inclement weather conditions and various other privations, he has stood up to all such difficulties without regard to his personal comfort or rest. By his personal example and determination to fulfill the tasks allotted to him, he has proved himself to be an outstanding Air Traffic Operations Officer.

This officer even as early in 1962, during his tenure in operational area has displayed the same quality of setting an excellent example to others and also devotion to duty under trying circumstances. The efforts and work of Sqn. Ldr. Jain have repeatedly been recognised by Civil and other Governmental agencies. For example Indian Airlines Corporation have expressed in writing their appreciations for his outstanding work.

Squadron Leader Parduman Kumar Jain is an officer who has consistently maintained an exceptionally high standard in his work in the interest of the Service.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
MWO Mavilakandy Narayanan 20742 ORUnit : No.114 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
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Master Warrant Officer Mavilakandy Narayanan was enrolled in the Indian Air Force on 15th May 1943. During his 25 years of unblemished service record as a Clk G.D. he has with distinction served in numerous appointments in the various formations of the Air Force, the noteable amongst them are Assistant Adjutant at Air Force Station Tambaram, O i/c P-3 Headquarters Maintenance Command, Org IV in Headquarters Training Command, M.W.O I/c Personnel-I Headquarters Western Air Command, in which appointment he is serving at present. He has also to his credit an unusually long tenure of two years and 3 months at a Tactical Air Centre, which he most cheerfully completed in spite of the adverse and exacting climatic conditions.

All through his 25 years of service, Master Warrant Officer Narayanan has worked with commendable energy and perseverance, setting a very high standard of efficiency as a Clk G.D. A M.W.O. of outstanding ability who by his unflagging zeal, helpful spirit understanding and integrity has set a fine example to the airmen working under him. By unremitting care and energizing his men to the utmost effort he has always ensured a very high standard of efficiency. In his long years of service he has never spared himself or those placed under him in a determined effort to fulfill the task entrusted to him.

M.W.O. Narayanan's skill and effort as a Clk G.D., his administrative ability, energy, drive and devotion to duty have always been a source of inspiration to the airmen working under him.

Master Warrant Officer Mavilakandy Narayanan has rendered distinguished service of a high order.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Mahesh Nath Bhan 204738 ORUnit : No.16 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
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Sergeant Mahesh Nath Bhan has been serving with an Operational Squadron for the last seven years. During his stay in this Squadron he has been responsible for the servicing of all ranges of ground equipment required for the aircraft in use. His thorough knowledge and high technical skill has resulted in achieving enviable serviceability of 100%. Thus, his sustained efforts have been instrumental in enabling the Squadron to achieve a high state of operational readiness.

Despite his personal discomfort and handicapped by low medical category, Sgt. Bhan has put in sustained hard work to keep the Squadron always operationally ready. In this he has displayed vast organising ability. He has technical skill, unfaultering devotion to duty and tremendous capacity for hard work. He has rendered invaluable service and has been a source of inspiration to his other colleagues in the Squadron.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Syed Muniruddin 400594 ORUnit : No.16 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
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Sergeant Syed Muniruddin has been associated with Canberra Squadrons for over a decade. During this period he has been concerned with first and second line servicing of all ranges of armament equipment fitted in this aircraft meant for various roles. He has been instrumental in carrying out almost all modifications introduced by the IAF in this aircraft concerning armament. He has made significant contribution towards the introduction of a release unit which was subsequently used in other aircraft as well with slight modifications. He is a versatile worker, having extreme resourcefulness and devotion to duty. His missionary zeal for work and high standard of discipline has set an excellent example to all men in this Squadron. Sgt. Muniruddin has rendered invaluable service of a distinguished order.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Cpl Mukkanamcharil Varkey Joseph 215745 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
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215745 Corporal Mukkanamcheril Varkey Joseph Wireless Operator Mechanic (I) was a member of the helicopter ground crew which took part in the flood relief operations carried out by the Indian Air Force in Gujarat State during August, 1968.

Corporal M.V. Joseph has a thorough knowledge of wireless and radar equipment installed in the aircraft and their lay-out. During the operations, Corporal M.V. Joseph, because of his thorough knowledge, was able to detect and rectify quickly even complicated snags. After finishing the job pertaining to his trade, Corporal M.V. Joseph always volunteered and gave a helping hand in loading the helicopters replenishing fuel and oil and cleaning the aircraft though these jobs do not pertain to his trade and though this entailed his working from early morning to late into the nights. He thus helped his colleagues in reducing the turn around time of the helicopters to the minimum. In keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Air Force, Corporal M.V. Joseph displayed an exemplary devotion to duty throughout the operations.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Cpl Vettukuzhyil Scaria Chacko Scaria 218931 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69
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218931 Corporal Vettukuzhyil Scaria Chacko Scaria Fitter Mechanical Transport was posted to one of the Air Force Signals Units on 9th April, 1967. He was among the first of the unit personnel to reach and stay at the remote technical site, where even basic amenities were scantly. His tasks included moving the very heavy and bulky power house equipment over long distance on difficult terrain, custody of these equipment and supervision of installation and check-out of the equipment. Lack of communication and other logistic facilities at the site as well as difficulties with the contractors rendered the task doubly difficult. Despite these difficulties, Corporal Scaria plunged into his task with great confidence, zeal and technical skill and working in close liaison with M.E.S. and contractors helped in the successful completion of the task in good time.

After installation, Corporal Scaria successfully trained other mechanics of the unit in the operation and maintenance of the complex power generating equipment. The various problems of maintenance were tackled successfully under his guidance. He has been a tower of strength to his colleagues.

His cheerful disposition and willingness to tackle all problems and the tremendous confidence he inspires, is in the best traditions of service. The responsibility he has shouldered has been much beyond the call of duty. He has set up good example of technical skill of high order and devotion to duty.

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

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