Awards for the year 1962


A total of 39 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 2 | Kirti Chakra : 6 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 3 | Vir Chakra : 5 | Shaurya Chakra : 1 | Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) : 12 | Vishist Seva Medal : 10 |
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Harjinder Singh 1963 ENGUnit : Maintenance Command  Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

Born in 1909, Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh joined the Indian Air Force on its formation in 1932 as a technician. He served in the ranks till 1942 when he was granted a Commission in the Technical Branch. Since then, he has served in both Command and Staff appointments. He was appointed Officer Commanding, Base Repair Depot, in 1949 and Air Officer Commanding Maintenance Command, in 1955 when that Command was formed. The status of Maintenance Command was raised and A.V.M. Harjinder Singh was promoted in his present rank and appointed Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command.

In early 1960 it was decided to manufacture in the country a transport aircraft to replace Dakotas which were in short supply. After a decision by the Government to manufacture the AVRO-748 aircraft was taken, this task was given to A.V.M. Harjinder Singh who was asked to build the first aircraft as soon as possible and to set up a manufacturing line at the Base Repair Depot at Kanpur. This modern jet transport aircraft could only be manufactured with skilled and experienced personnel. An aircraft manufacturing depot was established alongside the Base Repair Depot at Kanpur under the Command of A.V.M. Harjinder Singh who was asked to undertake the manufacture of this aircraft. Jigs and tools were set up in the record time, mostly from available resources under the personal supervision of A.V.M. Harjinder Singh. Air Force personnel who have so far been accustomed exclusively to repair and overhaul work were trained in the factory methods and given the task of manufacture. With the assistance of a few specialists from England, the I.A.F. personnel numbering about 440 in all, built the first production model of the AVRO-748 in the aircraft manufacturing depot at Kanpur in a record time of 17 months when the production model was still being manufactured in the U.K. The Indian made AVRO-748 gave a flying display on 26th November 1961, when the Prime Minister blessed its maiden flight in Delhi.

The speed with which this aircraft was constructed by Air Force personnel with no previous manufacturing experience and with the resources which previously were mostly used for maintenance and repair and the quality of workmanship itself, which even the A.V. Roe of U.K. have acknowledged as something unique in aircraft industry, are a tribute to the tireless energy, skill and personal example of Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh. Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1962 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Harjinder Singh 1963 ENGUnit : Maintenance Command  Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

Born in 1909, Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh joined the Indian Air Force on its formation in 1932 as a technician. He served in the ranks till 1942 when he was granted a Commission in the Technical Branch. Since then, he has served in both Command and Staff appointments. He was appointed Officer Commanding, Base Repair Depot, in 1949 and Air Officer Commanding Maintenance Command, in 1955 when that Command was formed. The status of Maintenance Command was raised and A.V.M. Harjinder Singh was promoted in his present rank and appointed Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command.

In early 1960 it was decided to manufacture in the country a transport aircraft to replace Dakotas which were in short supply. After a decision by the Government to manufacture the AVRO-748 aircraft was taken, this task was given to A.V.M. Harjinder Singh who was asked to build the first aircraft as soon as possible and to set up a manufacturing line at the Base Repair Depot at Kanpur. This modern jet transport aircraft could only be manufactured with skilled and experienced personnel. An aircraft manufacturing depot was established alongside the Base Repair Depot at Kanpur under the Command of A.V.M. Harjinder Singh who was asked to undertake the manufacture of this aircraft. Jigs and tools were set up in the record time, mostly from available resources under the personal supervision of A.V.M. Harjinder Singh. Air Force personnel who have so far been accustomed exclusively to repair and overhaul work were trained in the factory methods and given the task of manufacture. With the assistance of a few specialists from England, the I.A.F. personnel numbering about 440 in all, built the first production model of the AVRO-748 in the aircraft manufacturing depot at Kanpur in a record time of 17 months when the production model was still being manufactured in the U.K. The Indian made AVRO-748 gave a flying display on 26th November 1961, when the Prime Minister blessed its maiden flight in Delhi.

The speed with which this aircraft was constructed by Air Force personnel with no previous manufacturing experience and with the resources which previously were mostly used for maintenance and repair and the quality of workmanship itself, which even the A.V. Roe of U.K. have acknowledged as something unique in aircraft industry, are a tribute to the tireless energy, skill and personal example of Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh. Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1962 Number: 

Kirti Chakra
Flt Lt Raj Kumar Mehta 4102 GD(P)Unit : No.23 Squadron  Award Date 09 Nov 60 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

On 9th November 1960, Flt. Lt. R.K. Mehta was detailed to fly a Gnat aircraft. While coming in to land at Palam airfield his engine flamed out due to a bird entering the intake. Though the engine had flamed out at a low height, Flt. Lt. Mehta did not abandon the aircraft but proceeded to attempt a landing fully aware of the risk to his life. He was not, however, able to make a safe landing and died instantaneously as a result of belated ejection.

Flt. Lt. Mehta was an experienced pilot and he was fully familiar with the Gnat aircraft. He faced the emergency with a remarkable degree of calmness and courage and did not even spare his life in his attempt to save his valuable aircraft. This selfless act of Flt. Lt. Mehta, his devotion to duty and personal courage were in the highest traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Notification No. 10-Pres/62 dated 26th January, 1962 published in Part I, Section I of the Gazette of India dated 26th January, 1962.  

Kirti Chakra
Fg Offr Vaidyanathan Ganesan 30039 AUXUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 12 Mar 61 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

On 12th March 1961, Flying Officer, V. Ganesan of the Auxiliary Air Force, along with Flying Officer C.R. Mohan (Aux. A. F.) while on an instrument flying training exercise in a Harvard aircraft, was faced with an emergency due to excessive vibration of the engine. In spite of corrective action by Flying officer Ganesan, the aircraft continued to lose height. As captain of the aircraft he ordered flying officer Ram Mohan to abandon the aircraft, which he did. As he was about to follow suit flying officer Ganesan noticed a village in the immediate vicinity. Appreciating that the aircraft, if abandoned, would crash in the village and possibly cause death or injures to a number of innocent people, he stayed back and manoeuvred the aircraft away from the village. In doing this, he was fully aware of the risk to his own life but even so in deliberate disregard of his personal safety he attempted a crash landing away from the village and sacrificed his life.

Flying Officer Ganesan displayed airmanship and courage of high order and has set a noble tradition of bravery and self sacrifice for the Auxiliary Air Force.

Reference: Notification No. 10-Pres/62 dated 26th January,1962 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 26th January, 1950.  

Kirti Chakra
Flt Lt Madhusudhan Ray 5004 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 12 Oct 61 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

On 12th October, 1961, Flight Lieutenant Madhusudan Ray (5004) GD(P), Captain of a Dakota aircraft while engaged on a training flight had to crash-land the aircraft at Mahesh owing to loss of power immediately after take-off from Barrackpore airfield. He deliberately manoeuvred his aircraft so as to crash-land in the only available open space between inhabited multi-storeyed buildings. A crash into any of these buildings would have caused extensive damage to life and property. Flight Lieutenant Madhusudan Ray was able to ward off what might have been a disaster of great magnitude and in doing so sacrificed his own life and those of his crew.

In saving the lives of others, Flight Lieutenant Madhusudan Ray displayed gallantry, skill and spirit of self-sacrifice, which are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India , 3rd February 1962 - No.19 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Kirti Chakra
Flt Lt Bal Krishan Desoares 4502 GD(P)Unit : No.43 Squadron  Award Date 01 May 61 Announced 15 Aug 62
Details :

On 1st May 1961 Flt. Lt. Desoares was engaged in a sortie to drop food supplies to an Army detachment on the northeastern border. While nearing the dropping zone, he noticed that his Dakota was losing height very rapidly due to a down draught. Despite all the corrective actions taken, the aircraft-continued to go out of control. Flt. Lt. Desoares, with great presence of mind, skillfully directed the aircraft out of the wooded area and landed it on the snowcovered portion of the hill. On impact, a fuel tank of the aircraft caught fire and a portion of the aircraft disintegrated. Flt. Lt. Desoares though injured managed to extricate himself from the crashed aircraft and pulled his copilot out. He then rushed to the rear of the burning aircraft, in utter disregard of his personal safety, to rescue other personnel who might be injured or trapped.

Flt. Lt. Desoares continued to help his comrades and managed to rescue two of the Army ejection personnel. Thereafter he proceeded to recover the bodies of other crew members from the burning aircraft again disregarding his own personal safety.

Due to the psychological state of the survivors and the extent of their injuries, Flt. Lt. Desoares decided to keep his party near the aircraft for the next two days. With hardly any food, water, or warm clothing, he, by his personal example, infused confidence and courage in the survivors which helped them to pass two nights in a blizzard.

On the third day Flt. Lt. Desoares decided to leave the place of the accident and skillfully led the survivors through treacherous moun tainous terrain and forests with thick undergrowth to safety.

Throughout the operation, Flt. Lt. Desoares displayed the highest form of leadership and devotion to duty, in keeping with the best traditions of the Air Force. His exemplary action will be a source of inspiration to other pilots engaged in similar missions over difficult terrain.

Reference: Notification No. 10-Pres/62 dated 26th January,1962 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 26th January, 1950.  

Kirti Chakra
Flt Lt Karan Sher Singh Kalsia 4474 GD(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 19 Jan 61 Announced 10 Sep 62
Details :

On 19th January, 1961, while on a training flight, Flight Lieutenant Kalsia found that the engine of his aircraft had flamed out. The aircraft was heading towards Jamnagar city and had he bailed out and abandoned the aircraft, it would have crashed in the city, causing extensive damage to life and property. Realising this, Flight Lieutenant Kalsia turned his aircraft away from the populated area and in doing so lost valuable height. He then attempted a force landing as he was left with no other option and was killed in the attempt.

Flight Lieutenant Kalsia displayed courage of a very high order and gave his own life to avoid an accident which might have resulted in the loss of several other lives. His gallant action was in the highest traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India , 22nd September 1962 - No.55 - Pres/62 dated 10th September 1962 

Kirti Chakra
Flt Lt Jagan Nath Vijayaragahvan 4483 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 14 May 62 Announced 10 Sep 62
Details :

On 14th May 1962, Flight Lieutenant Vijayaraghavan was on an instructional sortie with Pilot Officer Evans as pupil. During a spinning exercise by the pupil, it was noticed that the aircraft failed to come out of the spin. At this moment, Flight Lieutenant Vijayaraghavan, took over the controls of the aircraft which however still failed to respond and started losing height rapidly. He twice ordered Pilot Officer Evans to bale out but by the time the latter did so, the aircraft had reached too low a height for Flight Lieutenant Vijayaraghavan to abandon it. Pilot Officer Evans escaped with minor injuries. The aircraft crashed killing Flight Lieutenant Vijayaraghavan instantaneously.

Flight Lieutenant Vijayaraghavan displayed conspicuous gallantry and a spirit of supreme self-sacrifice in saving the life of his pupil which was in the highest traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India , 22nd September 1962 - No.55 - Pres/62 dated 10th September 1962 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Raizada Harbans Chawdhry 2952 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

As Commanding Officer of Aircraft Manufacturing Depot since its inception, Wing Commander Chawdhry has been closely associated with the production of the first Transport aircraft manufactured in India - Avro 748.

With very limited resources, inadequate tools and equipment and technical personnel untrained for manufacture of aircraft, Wing Commander Chawdhary achieved his objective by diligent planning, personal example, leadership and untiring efforts.

Under his command scrapped plant, machine tools and materials were successfully reclaimed and utilized.

The initiative shown and the great responsibility courageously shouldered, inspite of his comparatively junior rank, were of a high order.

Wing Commander Chawdhry has displayed outstanding leadership and devotion to duty and has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order in the successful production of Avro 748.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1962 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Suranjan Das 3175 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

Wing Commander S. Das was nominated at short notice to undertake the first flight of the first prototype of the HF-24 Mk. 1 Aircraft. The HF-24 is designed and developed entirely in India by Hindustan Aircraft Limited. This is an aircraft in the supersonic category comparable with modern aircraft of the class manufactured by only a few countries. This aircraft embodies design features, which are entirely new and have not been tested before in powered flights. Wg. Cdr. Das, therefore, had no previous experience of this aircraft, nor was he familiar with its characteristics in the air. Inspite of this, the officer undertook its first flight on 17th June, 1961, after spending only a few days with the Members of the Design Team. Wg. Cdr. Das who has over 1,000 hours of test flying on nearly 35 different types of prototype and production aircraft has brought to bear his vast experience and knowledge in ensuring the success of the inaugural flight of HF-24. In undertaking the first successful test flight, Wg. Cdr. Das has rendered distinguished service of most exceptional order to aviation in India. This achievement calls for knowledge of a high caliber, great skill, courage and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1962 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt Kuppuswamy Lakshmi Narayanan 5053 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 10 Sep 62
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Kuppuswamy Lakshmi Narayanan is posted as a Flight Commander to one of our helicopter flights operating in the forward areas of J & K. He has been one of the pioneers in the operation of helicopters in this region and has succeeded in landing at some of the most difficult and hazardous outposts.

On 17th May 1962, an emergency call was received for immediate evacuation of a seriously ill army Jawan from one of our forward posts. In spite of unfavourable weather condition, Flight Lieutenant Narayanan ventured to penetrate the difficult territory and landed his helicopter at a spot where no other helicopter had landed before. But for this timely evacuation rendered possible by this courageous officer there would have been little chance of saving the life of the Jawan.

Again on 6th August, 1962, an emergency call for the evacuation of a Havildar was received from one of our forward posts. The possibility of landing at the helipad had previously been rejected because the area was extremely small and the surrounding hills with its associated turbulence did not permit operations by helicopters. The height of this helipad was 16,000 ft. and critical approach and take off conditions left no margin for an error. However, when this request was repeated by the oupost, Flight Lieutenant Narayanan once again volunteered to carry out what seemed to be an impossible task. He was fully aware of the hazards of this particular operation but with complete disregard to his personal safety, this officer successfully evacuated the Havildar.

The above mentioned actions of Flight Lieutenant Narayanan has proved beyond doubt that he has been a great asset to our forces in Ladakh area. This officer has been operating continuously for over two years and has flown 700 helicopter operational hours in this area. Throughout this period he has displayed conspicuous gallantry with complete disregard to his personal safety. By his gallant efforts he has contributed greatly to the morale of our forces in the forward area.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 10 Sep 1962 Number: 

Bar to Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Anthony Ignatius Kenneth Suares 2773 GD(P)Unit : No.5 Squadron  Award Date 06 Dec 61 Announced 10 Sep 62
Details :

Wing Commander Suares was the Commanding Officer of the Canberra Unit operating with UN Forces in the Congo. On 6th December 1961, he and his navigator Squadron Leader (then Flight Lieutenant) Takle were on an air-to-ground operational strafing sortie against an enemy airfield and other installations in Katanga. These officers carried out the attack despite intense enemy fire from the ground and destroyed the target thus enabling the ground forces to achieve their objective. A number of bullets hit the aircraft. One of them hit the navigator in the thigh and he began to bleed profusely. Disregarding his own safety, Wing Commander Suares set the aircraft on auto-pilot and rendered first aid to the navigator and thus helped save his life.

In doing this Wing Commander Suares showed courage in keeping with the highest traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India , 22nd September 1962 - No.57 - Pres/62 dated 10th September 1962 

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Manohar Madhav Takle 4116 GD(N)Unit : No.5 Squadron  Award Date 06 Dec 61 Announced 10 Sep 62
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Squadron Leader (then Flight Lieutenant) Takle was the navigator of a Canberra aircraft which was on an air-to-ground strafing sortie against an enemy airfield and other installations in Katanga. The aircraft was hit at several places by enemy fire. One of the bullets wounded Squadron Leader Takle and he was bleeding profusely. Despite this he continued to direct the aircraft into attacks until the target was effectively destroyed and did not inform the pilot of his condition until he had calculated and set the course for home. In doing so, Squadron Leader Takle displayed devotion to duty and gallantry of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 22nd September 1962 - No.58 - Pres/62 dated 10th September 1962 

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Arnold Sochindranath Williams 3950 GD(P)Unit : No.105 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 12 Oct 62 Announced 12 Nov 62
Details :

On 20th October, 1962, Squadron Leader A S Williams was ordered to find out the position prevailing at one of our Army posts in NEFA which had been subjected to heavy attacks by Chinese invaders. To carry out the task, he flew in a helicopter but it was damaged by heavy anti-aircraft fire by the Chinese. In order to save the aircraft from further damage, he skillfully maneuvered it towards the nearest helipad at another post. Unfortunately, the helicopter developed engine troubles as a result of the damage caused by enemy fire and he was forced to crash land it two miles from the helipad. He then trekked to the nearest Army post and was eventually evacuated to his own unit.

Earlier, on 12th October 1962, Squadron Leader Williams had flown several sorties in a helicopter by day and night to evacuate casualties from forward posts in the same area.

The courage and devotion to duty displayed by Squadron Leader Williams in difficult conditions were of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 1st December 1962 - No.71 - Pres/62 dated 12th November 1962 

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Surya Kant Badhwar 3973 GD(P)Unit : No.107 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 04 Oct 62 Announced 12 Nov 62
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One of our Army posts in Ladakh have been surrounded by Chinese invaders, had to depend solely on air support. Our troops who had endured the siege had to be relieved and this could be done only by helicopter. On 4th October 1062, Squadron Leader Badhwar and Flight Lieutenant Narayanan flew several sorties to carry out this task. During one of the sorties, they experienced loss of engine power and eventually force-landed in a river-bed after avoiding a few Chinese posts. In order to obtain relief, they walked towards one of our posts, but after some time they observed a large number of armed Chinese troops. They then returned to the helicopter and decided to chance a flight. Meanwhile, about 150 Chinese had taken up positions on the hill tops near the helicopter and were beckoning to them to surrender. With great presence of mind, they managed to get to the helicopter and piloted it safely to one of our posts and thus saved valuable lives and equipment.

The cool courage displayed by Squadron Leader Badhwar and Flight Lieutenant Narayanan in a difficult situation was of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 1st December 1962 - No.71 - Pres/62 dated 12th November 1962 

Vir Chakra
Flt Lt Kuppuswami Laxmikant Narayanan 5053 GD(P)Unit : No.107 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 04 Oct 62 Announced 12 Nov 62
Details :

One of our Army posts in Ladakh have been surrounded by Chinese invaders, had to depend solely on air support. Our troops who had endured the siege had to be relieved and this could be done only by helicopter. On 4th October 1062, Squadron Leader Badhwar and Flight Lieutenant Narayanan flew several sorties to carry out this task. During one of the sorties, they experienced loss of engine power and eventually force-landed in a river-bed after avoiding a few Chinese posts. In order to obtain relief, they walked towards one of our posts, but after some time they observed a large number of armed Chinese troops. They then returned to the helicopter and decided to chance a flight. Meanwhile, about 150 Chinese had taken up positions on the hill tops near the helicopter and were beckoning to them to surrender. With great presence of mind, they managed to get to the helicopter and piloted it safely to one of our posts and thus saved valuable lives and equipment.

The cool courage displayed by Squadron Leader Badhwar and Flight Lieutenant Narayanan in a difficult situation was of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 1st December 1962 - No.71 - Pres/62 dated 12th November 1962 

Shaurya Chakra
Flt Lt Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran 4973 GD(P)Unit : Armament Training Wing  Award Date 18 Dec 61 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

On 18th December, 1961, Flight Lieutenant Ramchandran was detailed to lead a section of two Vampires in close support of the ground forces in Diu. While flying over the area, he noticed a patrol boat heading towards an IN Ship which was about two miles from the shore. On his own initiative he decided to fly low to survey the patrol boat . When the boat as well as Diu fort opened heavy fire at his aircraft. Undeterred by the hostile fire, he attacked and blew up the patrol boat which was full of high explosives. During the attack his aircraft was damaged by hostile fire.

Flight lieutenant Ramachandran displayed courage and initiative of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 22nd September 1962 - No.59 - Pres/62 dated 10th September 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Mirgind Singh Grewal 3481 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 10 Oct 60 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

On 10th October, 1960, Squadron Leader M S Grewal (3481) was detailed as the leader of a formation exercise comprising 5 aircraft. The aircraft was peeling off after completion of the exercise at a height of approximately 1000 feet when the No.2 collided with Sqn Ldr Grewal's aircraft resulting in damage to the elevator of such a nature that the control column could be moved backward with difficulty but not forward at all. The situation was further aggravated by the fact that the port drop tank was full due to failure of the fuel transfer system.

This extreme emergency, caused by no fault of his, called for the highest degree of airmanship, and Sqn Ldr Grewal by his coolness, presence of mind and skill, carried out a successful flapless landing thereby preventing what possibly could have been a fatal accident involving the total loss of the aircraft and a valuable life.

Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sqn Ldr Madhukar Dashrath Mendhekar 3494 GD(N)Unit : No.43 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

During his operational tour in NEFA area as Navigator and later as Navigational Leader, Sqn Ldr M D Mendhekar has flown a thousand operational hours, which is very creditable indeed. He has also been serving in the J and K area where he has completed an additional 650 hours of operational flying. As a Navigator, he has set a very high examples to his juniors by his devotion to duty and superior skill in navigation. He has built up the morale of the Squadron in general and of the junior navigators in particular.

Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Paravastu Krishna Desiken 3609 ARMTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

After 1947 Indian Air Force was faced with the ardous task of disposing of stocks of accumulated war surplus explosives. This task was also hazardous since deterioration had already set in and the stocks had become highly sensitive and dangerous to handle.

In 1953, Squadron Leader P K Desikan took over command of an ammunition depot which had large stocks of heavily corroded 20mm High Explosive / Instantaneous Ammunition, deteriorated high explosive bombs, 40mm ammunition , practice bombs and other miscellaneous explosive stores. Infact the deterioration was so much tat even slight friction while handling the round or while lifting the ammunition boxes could cause a serious explosion. Squadron Leader P K Desikan, fully aware of the hazards and risks involved, undertook the disposal task on operational priority and carried out the demolition at a fast rate. As the Commanding Officer of the Depot from 1953 to 1955, Squadron Leader P K Desikan directed and supervised the task of demolition of the unserviceable and dangerous stock of these explosives. He exposed himself to grave danger for a period of two years while engaged in the execution of the task..

In accomplishing the task, Squadron Leader P K Desikan has displayed a very high sense of duty, courage and professional skill.

Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Flt Lt Balkrishna Desoares 4502 GD(P)Unit : No.43 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : Since 1954, Flt Lt Balkrishan Desoares (4502) has served 27 months in an operational area in eight active tours. During these tours, he has carried out over a thousand hours of operational flying under very difficult conditions. On one occasion, when he was dropping food supplies over a zone located at 14, 500 feet and his aircraft was only 700 feet above the mountainous terrain, the parachutes attached to the food packages opened and streamed out of the ejection door having been inflated by the slip stream of the aircraft. This sudden drag on the aircraft resulted in the aircraft entering a steep dive. With great presence of mind, he faced the emergency calmly and took necessary remedial measures to correct the attitude of the aircraft thereby saving his crew and himself from certain death. Throughout his tour in the operational area he has always volunteered to fly supply dropping sorties over difficult terrain and has shown great devotion to duty.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Flt Lt Nandkishore Shankarrao Ambegaonkar 5024 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : During his operational tour in J and K, Flt Lt N S Ambegaonkar has flown over 1100 operational hours. He is an extremely keen and enthusiastic pilot, He has set a very high standard of flying, a fine example to the other aircrew in his squadron. He has also completed a tour of duty in the Mizo and Lushai Hills areas where he has flown 97 operational hours. Flt Lt Ambegaonkar has shown that hazardous flying can be undertaken safely even by comparatively junior pilots. His operational record is commendable.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
MWO Ramesh Moreshwar Gandhi 10087 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : A Transport Squadron was called upon at extremely short notice to move into an operational area. Such a sudden move resulted in the unit having to leave behind its second line servicing personnel, equipment and Engineering Officer at its permanent base. MWO Ramesh Moreswar Gandhi had to shoulder the responsibility of organizing the complete first line servicing in of the new base. The resource available at this base for the squadron were meager. The squadron was called upon to go into operations as soon as aircraft landed from the old base. With the limited resources of manpower and equipment, MWO Gandhi displayed great skill and organizing ability in bring in the daily servicing section to a very high state of efficiency in a short period of time. His professional efficiency, ability to handle men and above all dedicated sense of duty became a source of great inspiration to all around him.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
MWO Mancherrikizheil Chandy George 10225 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : After 1947 disposal of large stocks of accumulated war surlus explosives had to be undertaken by the Indian Air Force. The disposal task of the heavily corroded 20mm High Explosive / Instantaneous Ammunition, deteriorated high explosive bombs, 40mm ammunition, practice bombs and other miscellaneous explosive stores. In fact the deterioration was so much tat even slight friction while handling the round or while lifting the ammunition boxes could cause a serious explosion. Master Warrant Officer George was posted to an ammunition depot which had large stock of these explosives. As Officer i/c Maintenance he was responsible for the disposal of the unserviceable explosive stores. Master Warrant Officer George undertook the demolition task and continued the assignment for over 2 years, constantly exposing himself to grave danger.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
WO Samuel Miller 43039 ORUnit : No.43 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : WO Samuel Miller has been serving in the J & K area since February 1960. In 1960, he did over 400 hours of operational flying. Continuous flying as signaler in these areas in extremely restricted space in the cockpit produces very great mental and physical strain. In spite of this, W O Miller has always been the first to volunteer for operational flying. His keen ness and devotion to duty has been a fine example to others and enabled his squadron to fly to its maximum capacity even though there was a shortage of Signallers (Air) available for flying duties. Such keenness and leadership are commendable.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
F/Sgt Pattathis Ramanunni Mannadiar 200632 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : Flt Sgt Mannadiar has flown a total of 3145 hours of which over 1200 hours are operational flying in J & K area. In spite of the hazards of flying in these areas, Flt Sgt Mannadiar was always one of the first to volunteer for extra flying when there was a shortage of Signalers (Air). Partly as a result of the readiness of this airman to go into the air whenever required, even after he had already carried out his allotted missions, the work of his unit was kept up to the schedule. His devotion to duty is thus exemplary.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
F/Sgt Baldev Raj Bhatia 201268 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : Flt Sgt Baldev Raj Bhatia has flown 1260 hours in operational conditions in NEFA and J &K areas. Whenever there was a shortage of Signallers (Air ) in these areas, Flt Sgt Bhatia was one of the first to volunteer for additional sorties. His conduct, ability, keenness and enthusiasm have infused others and have kept up the morale of the Squadron.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sgt Puthentiveel Jacob Joseph 202575 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : Sgt Puthenveetil Jacob Joseph ahs operated with two operational squadrons fo the IAF. Whiel in the NEFA area he flew over 1200 hours on operational sorties. Later within a short period, he lfew over 90 hours on operational sorties in Jammu and Kashmir. Flying over the NEFA and J & K areas imposes great mental and physical strain. In spite of this, this young NCO west a very high example of devotion to duty by constantly volunteering for sorties when his unit was short of signalers (Air) and after he had already carried out as many sorties as could reasonably be expected. He is always keen and cheerful and carries out his duties methodically. His devotion to duty, conduct and efficiency are praiseworthy.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
F/Sgt Gopalan Nair 300148 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : Flt Sgt Gopalan Nair has so far completed 1350 hours during operational flying in J & K and NEFA areas. He is an extremely keen Signaller (Air) highly devoted to is duty. While on his operational sorties in J & K area, he has been in three aircraft which have had engine failures. During these emergencies, he showed great presence of mind and carried out emergency drills in an exemplary manner. In spite of having undergone these experiences, Flt Sgt Nair has always been one of the first to volunteer for operational flying. His devotion to duty, conduct and efficiency are praise worthy.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Baljit Krishna Kapur 3774 ENGUnit : Aircraft Manufacturing De  Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : Citation Not Available - Aircraft Manufacturing Depot, Kanpur
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1962 Number:15 

Vishist Seva Medal
MWO Gurbachan Singh 3162 ORUnit : Aircraft Manufacturing De  Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : Citation Not Available - Aircraft Manufacturing Depot, Kanpur
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1962 Number:15 

Vishist Seva Medal
WO Gurdit Singh 3281 ORUnit : Aircraft Manufacturing De  Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

He was entrusted with the task of reclaiming plant and machinery for establishing machining facilities. He showed outstanding technical ability and initiative in successfully carrying out major modifications/overhaul to modernize some of the obsolete and wornout machines from surplus stocks. He thus was instrumental in saving large sums of foreign exchange that would otherwise have been spent to purchase new machinery for the AVRO Project.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1962 Number:15 

Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Sgt Dina Nath Jhingan 32563 ORUnit : Aircraft Manufacturing De  Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

Without specialized training or previous experience this S.N.C.O. who was in charge of manufacturing section, undertook some of the most difficult task involved in aircraft manufacturing. His initiative and skill displayed were exemplary.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1962 Number:15 

Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Sgt Tara Singh 19392 ORUnit : Aircraft Manufacturing De  Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

As a Senior N.C.O. in the Assembly Section of the Project, he has been largely responsible for the structural build up of the AVRO 748 aircraft. His ability in management and capability of hard work has been outstanding and inspiring throughout.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1962 Number:15 

Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Sgt Harbans Singh 43947 ORUnit : Aircraft Manufacturing De  Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

He has shown technical knowledge and displayed outstanding ability in the instrumentation of the aircraft and in establishing and organizing the work in the pre-production aircraft control section.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1962 Number:15 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Misri Lal 45467 ORUnit : Aircraft Manufacturing De  Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

As the performance of his duties as N.C.O. i/c Technical Control and as Inspector incharge instrumentation he showed considerable technical ability and managerial capacity in discharge of his duties.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1962 Number:15 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Inder Sain 33772 ORUnit : Aircraft Manufacturing De  Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

As NCO i/c Tool Control and working in a field with no specialized training or previous knowledge he was primarily instrumental in establishing the tool department procedures efficiently. Throughout the period he applied himself diligently and displayed a high degree of initiative and profound sense of duty.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1962 Number:15 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Chiranji Lal Khosla 203514 ORUnit : Aircraft Manufacturing De  Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

As N.C.O. i/c Jig Erection Section he has shown exceptional technical ability and proficiency of high order, in the work connected with Jig manufacturing his services were outstanding throughout.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1962 Number:15 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Narindar Nath 200350 ORUnit : Aircraft Manufacturing De  Award Date 26 Jan 62 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

In discharging his duties as Inspector, Aircraft Manufacture he has displayed technical ability of a high caliber in various stages of Jig, tools and aircraft inspection. Throughout his ceaseless efforts and considerable planning ability, he made it possible for the inspection to proceed according to schedule.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1962 Number:15 

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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