Awards for the year 1976


A total of 75 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 4 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 10 | Shaurya Chakra : 1 | Vayu Sena Medal : 28 | Vishist Seva Medal : 32 |
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Jaspal Singh 2451 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Air Vice Marshal Jaspal Singh was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Indian Force in June, 1943. During World War II, he served with No. 1 Indian Air Force Squadron and saw action on the Burma Front. After the War, he became a Flying Instructor and pioneered the takeover of flying training from the Royal Air Force. He was the first instructor who obtained the highest Instructor Category of 'A1' as well as the first pilot to be appointed as an Instrument Rating Examiner on all types of aircraft. He was also responsible for evolving the categorisation and instrument rating schemes for instructor pilots.

After completing the course at the Defence Services Staff College in 1954, he held various staff appointments. In 1957, he was selected to command and convert a squadron to Jet Bombers. With commendable zeal, relentless effort and perseverance, he moulded the squadron into a highly efficient fighting unit in the shortest possible time. On completion of his tenure as a Squadron Commander, he was one of the two officers selected to undergo the Aviation Safety Course in the USA. He passed the course with distinction, and on his return, gave a new dimension to the Flight Safety Organisation in the Indian Air Force. In 1966, he took over the Command of a major Air Force base having transport and fighter squadrons. With meticulous supervision and determination, he ensured that the training of pilots and ground crew was kept on schedule and the transport and heliborne airlift operations always achieved the laid down targets. His base also undertook assembly of supersonic fighters, which were assembled in record time and delivered to the operational squadrons.

On completion of the National Defence College course in 1970, he took over as Director of Air Defence. He successfully tackled intricate operational problems and significantly contributed towards the improvement of the early warning capability which paid handsome dividends during the Indo-Pak conflict, 1971. In 1973-74, he commanded another major Air Force base with great success. In his present appointment of Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, Flight Safety and Inspection, he has, with his vast experience and professional knowledge of flying and accident prevention, achieved a sharp decline in the overall Air Force accident rates.

Throughout, Air Vice Marshal Jaspal Singh rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Jemji Hormusji Framji Maneckshaw 2690 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Air Vice Marshal Jemji Hormusji Framji Manekshaw joined the Army Medical Corps in February, 1943. He was posted to No. 4 Squadron, Air Force during World War II and saw active service in Arakan. In 1946, he was the first Indian Officer to be posted as the Deputy Senior Medical Officer of a Group of Royal Air Force. He has held a number of important administrative as well as specialist appointments creditably. He served as Senior Medical Officer of an operational Group of the Indian Air Force during the Kashmir Operations in 1948 and was the first to organise air transportation of sick and wounded on a regular basis from the forward areas. His suggestions regarding modification of Dakota aircraft by installation of portable oxygen equipment therein, helped in air evacuation of casualties at altitudes above 10,000 feet. In 1948, he was selected for training in Aviation Medicine at US Naval Aerospace Medical Institute. After completion of this advanced diploma course, he was further selected to undergo flight training where he won the Wings of a Flight Surgeon. In 1961, he was deputed as Deputy Air Adviser (Medical) to the High Commission of India in UK, where he helped to resolve many aeromedical problems, which were being experienced in the Air Force due to the induction of high performance aircraft in the Service. In 1964, as Principal

Medical Officer, Eastern Air Command, he displayed sound ability for proper planning,

cooperation and distribution of medical facilities in that sector. He exhibited good

qualities of leadership by visiting all remote areas at the time of crisis even at the peril of his own safety. He has more than 700 hours of flying, including solo, to his credit. In 1967, he was appointed commandant, Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bangalore. He brought about further improvement to suit the needs of the modern Air Force and our aircraft industry. This Institute is one of the leading establishments of the Air Force today and plays an important operational role in day to day flying tasks. In recognition of his outstanding service, he was awarded 'Ati Vishisht Seva Medal' in 1971. He was appointed as Director of Medical Research in the office of the Director General Armed Forces Medical Services in March, 1973, and in this appointment with his usual drive, professional acumen, determination, energy and tact, he geared up the Medical

Research Armed Forces to a very high pitch of efficiency.

Throughout, Air Vice Marshal Jemji Hormusij Framji Manekshaw has rendered service of the most exceptional order.

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

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Jafar Zaheer 3173 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Air Vice Marshal Jafar Zaheer was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Air Force in September, 1943. During his service career he held with distinction a variety of important operational and staff appointments. He has the rare qualification of being a graduate of the Institute of Armament Technology. This technological background in combination with his primary qualification as a pilot has equipped him with the background to function in many appointments in a uniquely effective and efficient manner. As Deputy Director of Weapons at Air Headquarters in 1962-63 his broad-based knowledge and experience enabled him to compile and introduce a Weapons Planning Directive which continues to be the standard document for such planning in the Air Force. He also rationalised the operational parameters on the basis of which the War Reserve of Weapons are calculated.

From 1964 to 1968, he commanded the Air Force Project Team for the development of an indigenous aircraft. During this tenure, essential improvements/modifications were progressed which led to the introduction of this aircraft in service. During 1968-69, he rendered distinguished services as Air Defence Commander in the Eastern sector and during 1969-72 as Air Officer Commanding of a big station. As Director, Air Staff Requirements at the Headquarters from January, 1973 to June, 1974 he had to undertake the task of selecting major weapons systems for the modernisation of the Air Force. His technological background and operational experience were of immense value in these tasks and also in the concept formulation of Air Staff Requirements for Research and Development in the country. As Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans) since July, 1974, he has controlled and coordinated the activities of various Directorates dealing in Projects, Plans and Programmes, etc. During a period when the Air Force has recognised the need for large scale replacement of obsolescent equipment, initiation of development projects and review of establishments, he has achieved exemplary results in the formulation of Requirement and Financial Plans on a long term perspective. His professional competence, high intellectual calibre and capacity for work have inspired his Directors and staff to high standards of performance and achievement, and he has thus gained the total confidence of his colleagues and superiors.

Throughout, Air Vice Marshal Jafar Zaheer rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Bawa Sampuran Singh Bedi 1795 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Air Marshal Bawa Sampuran Singh Bedi was commissioned, in of the Air Force on 19th January, 1942 in the Flying Branch of the Air Force as a Navigator. He volunteered for training as a Technical Armament Officer. During his service career he has held with distinction a very wide variety of responsible appointments within the service and in the Defence Research and Development Organisation under the Ministry of Defence. Prior to taking over as Air Officer-in-charge, Maintenance at Air Headquarters, he served as Air Officer Commanding of the largest repair and overhaul complex of the Indian Air Force. For his excellent handling of that assignment he was appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Engineering). These appointments were handled by him with efficiency, a spirit of dedication and confidence. As Air Officer-in-charge Maintenance, he has brought about significant changes in a scientific and methodical manner covering various facets of technology and logistics in the Air Force. With untiring zeal and understanding of human character and personal example, he has been instrumental in infusing among his subordinates' team spirit and the desire to innovate and successfully meet the challenges of modern technology and weapon systems. This has led to improved maintenance standards in the Air Force.

Throughout, Air Marshal Bawa Sampuran Singh Bedi rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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

Bar to Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Lakshman Mohan Katre 3117 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Air Commodore Lakshman Madhav Katre, AVSM (3117) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1945. He has commanded many operational squadrons with distinction during his service career and has also held important staff and training appointments both abroad and in India.

While commanding an operational flying station during the period 1966-68, he displayed outstanding qualities of leadership and manmanagement. By sheer drive and determination he was able to bring his station to operational readiness in a very short time. Through initiative, he developed effective “hide-outs" by local improvisations for his station aircraft. This ingenuity stood the test of stimulated air actions so well that the system was soon adopted by all other operational stations in the area as a regular feature. During the unprecedented floods In North Bengal, Sikkim and Bhutan area in October, 1968, Air Commodore Katre was appointed the local commander for Air Force Flood Relief Work. In directing the relief operations, particularly in Bhutan and Goalpara areas, he earned the gratitude of hundreds of refugees, thus setting a high standard for others to emulate. In 1970, for his services he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.

Air Commodore Katre has been in-charge of the Air Force Academy as Commandant from 16th November, 1972. At this stage the major portion of the construction work in the Academy was yet to be completed. Air Commodore Katre, through his stimulated and invigorating direction, penchant for thoroughness and Imaginative planning, proceeded, with the task of not, only continuing with the remaining construction programme for Air Force Academy, but re-organising the entire function of the Academy on a highly rational basis. Inspired by his personal example and undiluted devotion to the task of establishing the Air Force Academy as an institution worthy its name, his officers and men voluntarily and cheerfully worked beyond the call of duty to assist in meeting the challenge. It is due to Air Commodore Katre's single minded efforts that the Academy has emerged as an institution not only of national but of international repute.

During the tenure of Air Commodore Katre as Commandant, the flying training programme was required to undergo radical change, with the withdrawal of the old aircraft and Introduction of jet trainer as a all through training aircraft. But for Air Commodore Katre's thorough planning and deep knowledge of training problems, the new training system may not have made such a successful beginning as it has made. With the introduction of new training pattern for pilots there was also requirement for formulation of new syllabus and adoption procedures and systems particularly in training methodology. On his insistence, innovations were introduced in the training pattern which has become an example for other units to follow. In October, 1975, the Air Force Academy was awarded the President's colour for meritorious service.

Air Commodore Lakshman Madhav Katre by his high organisational and managerial ability, outstanding qualities of leadership, un swerving devotion to duty and personal example has rendered service of the exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Rajinder Nath Bakshi 2195 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Air Commodore Rajinder Nath Bakshi was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in February, 1943. As early 1945, he was mentioned in dispatches for his valuable service to the Air Force. In his long career, he has held key staff appointments as Command Organisation and Works Officer and as Senior Personnel Staff Officer with distinction at Headquarters Maintenance and Eastern Air Commands during their formative stages. As Command Organisation and Works officer at Headquarters Maintenance Command, he was largely responsible for the planning and execution of major works services at the various units and stations under the command. He made similar notable contribution, subsequently, as command Organization and works Officer, to the Stations under Headquarters Eastern Air Command. He was appointed bear his qualities of exceptional zeal, drive and devotion to duty, and succeeded in inculcating a new spirit in the functioning of the Provost Organisation in the Air Force. He has personally conducted various enquiries on very complicated and delicate problems with integrity, tack and high sense of duty and brought them to successful conclusion in a most commendable and exemplary manner.

Throughout, Air Commodore Rajinder Nath Bakshi has rendered distinguished services of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Balwant Wickram Chauhan 3352 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Air Commodore Balwant Wickram Chauhan (3352) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned In the Air Force in 1946. He was graded above the Average as a pilot on completion of his flying training and started his flying career, on Transport Aircraft. He has so far flown 25 different types of aircraft including jets.

Air Commodore Chauhan spent the early years of his flying career in Air Headquarters Communication Squadron where he was engaged in flying VVIPs within and outside India. He holds the distinction of being the first Indian Air Force Officer to obtain A-1 category on transport aircraft. He is also the only officer of the Indian Air Force who has served with the Queen's Flight of the Royal Air Force. He was the leader of Team for Supply Dropping Trials from AVRO 748 aircraft in J&K and Ladakh. Air Commodore Chauhan is also a Qualified Flying Instructor having finished the course at the Central Flying School of the Royal Air Force. He holds an A2 Category and has over 2000 hours of instructional flying to his credit. He has taught pupils on such different types of aircraft as the Tiger Moth, Harvard, AN ­12, etc.

Air Commodore Chauhan has held various other Command and staff appointments with credit. As a member of the Aircrew Examining Board in the early days after its formation, he applied his professional skill and knowledge of aircraft in evolving sound testing procedures for aircrew, thereby ensuring the highest standards of flying amongst the flying crew of the Indian Air Force.

He has also served with distinction at an important establishment where in addition to his normal duties involving supervision of operations, technical, equipment and administrative departments of his organisation, Air Commodore Chauhan undertook a number of difficult and risky operations, particularly in the 1971 operations against Pakistan when he flew 34 hours on special operational missions. At present, he is holding the important appointment of Director of Intelligence at Air Headquarters.

Over this prolonged period of time as a pilot and as a Staff Officer, Air Commodore Chauhan has established1 himself as a leader of men, an organiser and an administrator of a very high ability. He has always worked with a spirit of dedication and exemplary devotion to duty. Air Commodore Balwant Wickram Chauhan has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Vettakkorumakankav Sivarama Narayanan 3549 SIGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Air Commodore Vettakkorumakankav Sivarama Narayanan, VSM (3549) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the Engineering­Branch of the Air Force on 27th December, 1948. From April, 1968 to January, 1971 as Joint Director of Missiles in the Air Headquarters, Air Commodore Narayanan initiated and supervised a number of development programmes in rocketry and missiles with a view to self-reliance. One of these projects, the Rocket Assisted Take Off Motor has tremendous potential in increasing the operational efficiency and payload of the fighter bomber and interceptor aircraft. He also prepared the ground for the indigenisaion of the large scale Missile system with a view to self-sufficiency and build­up of competence in Missiles in India.

From February, 1972 onwards, as Director, Defence Research and Development Laboratory and Project Officer of one of the largest Research and Development Projects in India for the development of medium range Surface­to­Air Missile, he built up the Defence Research and Development Laboratory virtually from scratch into an outstanding and premier institution in the Research and Development, and competence in Rockets and Missiles. The Laboratory has now a comprehensive and wide ranging infrastructure of fabrication facilities, test facilities, rocket test beds, test range equipment and a very, advanced competence level in Solid and Liquid Propulsion technology and Inertia Systems technology. He has harnessed and cocoordinated the various sister Research and Development Laboratories, and manufacturing agencies towards Missile Development and Production. He has built up in Defence Research and Development Laboratories the competence to manage large missile projects. He has above all, built up, encouraged and AVSM 1976 developed an outstanding team of motivated young scientists in the various areas of Missile Technology. He has, thus, founded, a solid and creative base for self­reliance in Missiles in our country. He is today one of the top Missile Technologists in India.

Air Commodore Narayanan has, thus, shown brilliant and outstanding qualities of leadership, organisation, technical competence and application, management, dedication and determination, and rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Jagdish Raj Bhasin 3591 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Air Commodore Jagdish Raj Bhasin, VM (3591) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in July, 1949. During his long service career he has held a variety of Command and Staff appointments. In the varied posts held by him, he has distinguished himself not only by professional competence but also by outstanding administrative ability.

Early in his career, he qualified as an all purpose Flying Instructor and was employed on instructional duties from December, 1950 to September, 1955. His instructional experience extends from elementary flying training to supersonic aircraft. As an Instructor, he attained the highest possible professional standard and holds 'A' Flying Instructors' category. As Officer Commanding of a fighter Squadron from September, 1957 to May, 1961, he accomplished high rate of aircraft serviceability, enhanced operational preparedness and all round efficiency of his Squadron. Subsequently, as Officer Commanding another Squadron from April, 1966 to 1967 he was able to achieve the highest operational standards. For his painstaking efforts and high professionalism, Air Commodore Bhasin was awarded Vayu Sena Medal.

Air Instructors Bhasin took over as Air Officer Commanding of a big operational base in January, 1975. Within a very short time, he was able to integrate his Command of multi-Squadron force into an efficient team. His station had the lowest aircraft accident rate in his Command In 1975 while maintaining a high rate of serviceability and utilisation of aircraft.

In addition to heavy air maintenance tasks, his base was called upon to undertake relief operations after the devastating earthquake in Himachal Pradesh in January/February, 1975. The Helicopters of the Wing carried out 161 missions, and airl ifted 70 tonnes of essential supplies in the face of heavy odds and most inclement and unfavourable AVSM 1976 weather. Later, In August, 1975, the transport aircraft of his Wing were deployed for airlifting essential stores for flood, relief work. Round the clock operation was undertaken and more than 230 tonnes of supplies and equipments were airlifted. These additional tasks were undertaken without detriment to the other assigned tasks. The air effort in both these relief operations has won high acclaim and enhanced the prestige of the Air Force. This was possible because of the excellent planning and leadership displayed by Air Commodore Bhasin.

Air Commodore Jagdish Raj Bhasin, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Achutha Viswanathan 3607 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Air Commodore Achuthan Viswanathan (3607) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1949. During his long service career, he has held with distinction various important appointments. He has been Officer Commanding of an Equipment Depot, Deputy Director of Armament Research & Development Establishment and Director of Armament at Air Headquarters.

As Director of Armament, he has achieved most commendable results in indigenisation of imported Explosives Stores and also in adaptation of Armament Stores to different types of aircraft. This, besides achieving standardisation, has resulted in increasing operational potential. He has persistently striven to get maximum shelf life out of explosive stores currently held in the inventory by planning and executing various reconditioning schemes. By his constant endeavour for indigenisation of imported stores and to obtain maximum life out of the existing stores, he has not only effected considerable savings in expenditure but also reduced foreign dependence.

Air Commodore Viswanathan was posted as Senior Maintenance Staff Officer at Headquarters Eastern Air Command in September, 1974. From the time of his arrival and consistently thereafter, he applied himself with exemplary zeal and has shouldered the responsibility with a high degree of confidence. With his initiative and ability to organize, and with his high technical ability he contributed substantially towards improving the aircraft serviceability and operational potential. During this period, a number of aircraft which had been grounded for over two years have been recovered and made air­worthy. He was never deterred in his objective by short-fall of resources available to him.

With his exceptional professional ability, hard work, organizational skill, and leadership, Air Commodore Achuthan Viswanathan has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Denis Anthony LaFontaine 3844 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Air Commodore Denis Anthony Lafontaine, VM (3844) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 15th April, 1950. During his service career, he has held a variety of Command, and Staff appointments. In the various posts that he has held, he has been extremely meticulous, where standards of flying training and operational preparedness are concerned.

He has commanded two fighter Squadrons and an operational Station. During these tenures, he had always been result­oriented and achieved a very high degree of operational preparedness.

He was posted as Chief Instructor at Air Force Academy on its inauguration in December, 1970 to October, 1973. He was personally responsible for the move of entire Flying School from Jodhpur to the Academy. The move was meticulously planned, methodically executed and the new training organisation was set up with speed and purpose. Air Commodore Lafontaine, as the Chief Instructor, reorientated the complete training patterns in the Air Force. He designed major training directives of the Academy which for the first time in the Air Force fixed the principles, standards and techniques for teaching in the air and on the ground. These directives also included, for the first time, a clear guide line to the attitude and behaviour principles required.

He was posted to Headquarters Western Air Command In January, 1975 as Air I. In this capacity, he has established practices which have substantially contributed towards greater operational preparedness of the command. With his vast operational and training experience, he has been able to give a new dimension to the employment and utilisation of fighter force in his Command. It has been due to his stewardship that the operational training and utilisation rate of all the fighter Squadrons in the Command has been planned methodically to achieve the best results.

Air Commodore Lafontaine is a thorough, professionally competent and conscious officer whose devotion to duty is unquestionable. He has always set a worthy example for others to emulate in dedication, servicemindedness, zeal and initiative. Throughout, Air Commodore Danis Anthony Lafontaine, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Kanumilli Suryanarayana Rao 3371 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Group Captain Kanumilli Suryanarayana Rao (3371) Medical was commissioned in the Medical Branch of the Indian Air Force on 19th February, 1945. After serving for five years as Professor of Physiology at Armed Forces Medical College Pune, he was posted to the Institute of Aviation Medicine in November, 1970, as Officer in-charge High Altitude Physiology and President Medical Evaluation Centre. Subsequently, in March, 1973, he took over as Officer Commanding, Institute of Aviation Medicine. Simultaneously, he was appointed as Senior Adviser in Aviation Medicine, Air Force, and also Professor in Aviation Medicine, Bangalore University.

He has been associated with Aviation Medicine for a long period and has taken active part in several research projects which have contributed to flying efficiency of aircrew and flight safety. He has flown 2200 passenger flying hours to gain flying experience and to carry out medical evaluation, research and experimental studies. He has also contributed several articles to various medical journals and in particular to the Journal of the Aero Medical Society of India, which could serve as a guide to junior Medical Officers in Aviation Medicine such as 'Aircrew Care and Flight Safety'.

He is one of the outstanding teachers of the Institute of Aviation Medicine at postgraduate level and has participated in several symposia and topics of Aviation Medicine and chaired some symposia in which eminent foreign scientists participated. In addition, he has been the Editor­in­chief of the Journal of Aero Medical Society of India for the last five years and has brought it to a very high standard. This Journal has now worldwide circulation.

Group Captain Kanumilli Suryanarayana Rao has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order by his multifarious and numerous contributions in. the field of medical profession in general and Aviation Medicine in particular.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Ajit Kumar Banerji 3912 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Group Captain Ajit Kumar Banerji (3912) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of the Indian Air Force on 15th July, 1950.

After completing a long and highly successful tenure as directing staff in the Institute of Defence Management, in February, 1974 he was posted to Air Force Technical College to fill the post of Chief Instructor. Because of his exceptional sense of duty and personal involvement within a short period of time, he had a firm grip on all the teaching departments, along with their associated problems. He was thus able to lay the foundation for ushering in the new training concepts and systems, at this College. On 6th January, 1975, he was posted as Officer in-charge Faculty of Management Studies and Advanced Technology, Air Force Station, Jalahalli. He set about his task with determination and vigour and his performance as an instructor has been of the highest order.

In addition to teaching three different subjects for the Senior Technical Officers' Management Course, he continually applied himself to improve the mode of training on this course. He introduced to important changes i.e., the introduction of the 'Inter­establishment Comparison' as a modification of the older in­plant visit discussions, and the 'In­basket exercises.' The latter particularly involved heavy work for preparation of the settings for the exercises. He has progressively introduced many other changes also which have enhanced the value of the course considerably.

He has taken a keen and personal interest in the managerial project studies of the courses and as a result motivated the participants to give off their best and produce excellent project study reports. In addition, he has always been a most valuable adviser to the Air Officer Commanding Jalahalli, in all matters of administration and in particular training management.

Earlier, as a Directing Staff at the Institute of Defence Management, Secunderabad, he helped in the build up of that institution from scratch. He had the distinction of being a member of the first managerial Consultancy undertaken by the Institute of Defence Management at Hindustan Aeronautical Limited, Kanpur Division.

Group Captain Ajit Kumar Banorji has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Surendra Kumar Mehra 4197 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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On the night of 22nd/23rd October, 1975, the worst ever cyclone was experienced over Jamnagar airfield. When the cyclone actually hit Jamnagar airfield, its fury knew no bounds. The fierce effects of the cyclone started at about 1730 hours. Within a matter of half an hour, the strong winds damaged the steel electric power pylons. Immediately thereafter, the entire airfield was plunged into darkness. The Station was now faced with a grim situation of extremely wild winds, incessant rains and total darkness. The cyclone continued to build up its fury and started uprooting aircraft picketed in the open.

Group Captain Mehra the Station Commander Air Force Station Jamnagar personally led a group of his men and physically tried to keep the aircraft on the ground. The aircraft parked in the open were up­rooted from the nose­wheel. It was a gigantic effort to hold the aircraft down to the ground with manual labour. Under the conditions prevailing at that time, it was only by sheer determination of his men under his inspiring leadership that the aircraft were saved from total damage. While his men were engaged in trying to save the aircraft, one of the hangar housing aircraft collapsed. Group Captain Mehra immediately rushed to the scene in drenching rain and ravaging winds. He tried to ensure that after the collapse of the hangar, the aircraft were not damaged any further by loose ground equipment around. Whilst these rescue operations were on, a second hangar also collapsed. It was to the credit of Group Captain Mehra that inspite of mounting odds, he continued to guide personally the rescue operations.

His frequent movement from one scene to another in what truly alarming conditions was done with utter and complete disregard for his own safety and comfort. He had realised that unless he set a personal example, his men would perhaps give up the effort because of sheer frustrating conditions.

Next morning the airfield presented a most pathetic sight. Hangars had collapsed, building roofs were blown­off, aircraft were up-rooted and the airfield was littered with debris all over. By now the water supply had also been denied to the Station. Inspite of his being extremely tired and exhausted from the efforts of the previous night, Group Captain Mehra continued to take immediate actions which were necessary to restore some degree of normalcy in the camp. It was due to his ability and leadership that the personnel and their families at Jamnagar faced this worst ever crisis with a smile. The actual damage to AVSM 1976-77 the aircraft, the most valuable item on the airfield, was very insignificant compared to the conditions experienced during the cyclone.

Group Captain Mehra displayed a very high degree of leaders hip and professional competence to ensure that the damage would be minimal even when he was subjected to a very high degree of stress and strain. Had it not been for him, the damages at Jamnagar would have assumed frightening proportions.

Group Captain Surendra Kumar Mehra, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Manjit Singh Sekhon 6756 F(P)Unit : No.131 FAC Flight  Award Date 25 Feb 75 Announced 26 Jan 76
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On the 25th February, 1975, Squadron Leader Manjit Singh Sekhon was doing night flying training in a helicopter. He was asked to carry out reconnaissance of the area West of an Airfield in Western Sector for a crashed aircraft. In spite of limited experience of night flying, he undertook this mission, carried out a search and confirmed an aircraft crash and reported its location. After refuelling, he got airborne again and located the pilot. With intelligent use of his landing light and Radio Telephony, he skillfully landed in a paddy field and rescued the first pilot and flew him back to base. He repeated the same performance and rescued the second pilot also.

In this action, Squadron Leader Manjit Singh Sekhon displayed exemplary courage, devotion to duty and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 29th May 1976 - No.?? - Pres/76 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Melatur Srinivasa Muthuswamy 4714 F(P)Unit : Para Training School  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander MELATUR SRINIVAS MUTHUSWAMY has been Officer Commanding, Parachute Training School, since 24 September 1973. He has done a total of about 6400 hours of flying including 1700 operational hours. He is holding A/Master Green Category, is an A2 Qualified Flying Instructor and has been a command examiner of transport aircaft since September, 1973. During his command his unit won the Central Air Command trophy for the best category squadron for the second vear in succession. The same year, his unit carried out highest number of para descents and established an all time record. During his tenure, three courses of pilots, navigators, and flight engineers were conducted and a batch of 16 NCC Girl Cadets was also trained. Wing Commander Melatur Srinivas Muthuswamy has throughout displayed courage. professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Ram Krishna Batra 4715 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander Ram Krishen Batra has been the Commanding 0fficer of a fighter Squadron with effect from 7th May 1973. Under his command, the Squadron made tremendous progress in all spheres of Squadron activities and now stands as one of the finest fighting Squadrons in the Service. This Squadron won the Mukherjee Trophy durins the Weapons Meet of 1974-75. Wing Commander Batra has flown nearly 4000 hours on Single engine and has participated in operations during Indo-Pak Conflict, 1971. He has also served as a qualified flying instructor. His Competence in man-management and other fields of administration is commendable. Wing Commander Ram Krishen Batra has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Rajendra Kumar Dhawan 4736 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander Rajendra Kumar Dhawan took over command of the first Squadron which was to be re-equipped with the latest type of supersonic fighter aircraft in May 1973. He solved the initial problems successfully and created a base from which the subsequent squadrons of similar type of aircraft could be formed. He has a distinguished flying record and has to his credit a total of 3885 hours on single engine aircraft of which over 650 hours are on supersonics. Wing Commander Rajendra Kumar Dhawan has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Akbar Singh Bains 4882 F(P)Unit : No.2 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander Akbar Singh Barns has been in command of an operational Squadron in the Western Sector since 29th Janauary, 1973. Due to his untiring efforts the Squadron won the coveted Mukherjee Trophy for the Best Squadron in the Weapons Meet during 1973-74. It also bagged the Maintenance Trophy for the year and has an excellent record of having an accident free year. Wing Commander Bains has done more than 4000 hours of single engine flying. He has also served on deputation to the UAR Air force. Wing Commander Akbar Singh Bains has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramchandran 4973 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran has been in Command of an operational Squadron, since September, 1973 whose task is to convert pilots to the latest supersonic fighter aircraft. The squadron has functioned very well and has regularly completed its flying tasks. Wing Commander Ramachandran has a distinguished flying career right form the time he joined the Air Force. He secured the Nabha Trophy for standing first in Ground Subjects in the Air Force Academy and Hindustan Aeronautcs Limited Trophy for standing first in flying training at Hakimpet. He topped the class in pilot attack instructor's course in 1959. At the test pilots course in Farnborough, he was awarded the Edward's trophy for showing the best all round progress in the course. He has flown 47 types of aircraft, total flying being approximately 3050 hours. In Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, he was responsible for training Indian Air Lines pilots of HS-748 aircraft and thereafter he was associated with IAC field trials on HS-748. He also carried out proving and inaugural flights of the IAC to Visakhapatnam and Colombo. Wing Commander Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duly of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Trilochan Singh 5043 F(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 16 Jan 75 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander Trilochan Singh was detailed to carry out a night practice interception sortie on a supersonic aircraft on 16th January, 1975. While returning to base after completion of the exercise, he heard a loud bang from the intake followed by a bright flash around the aircraft. Wing Commander Trilochan Singh reacted in a most cool and calm manner and tried to analyse the occurrence. He noticed that the engine Rotation Per Minute was rapidly falling down and the engine eventually flamed out completely. He relit the engine and handling it carefully and calmly, successfully landed the aircraft at the base. Wing Commander Trilochan Singh has a distinguished record of accident free flying and has flown more than 3000 hours on jets including more than 1300 hours on supersonic aircraft. Wing Commander Trilochan Singh thus displayed courage, presence of mind. professional skill and devotion to duty of high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Ravinder Kumar 5315 F(P)Unit : No.47 Squadron  Award Date 02 Mar 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : On 2nd March, 1974, Squadron Leader Ravindra Kumar took off in a supersonic aircraft in a high level tactical formation. At about 6 km height at a speed of 650 Km per hour the canopy bubble of his aircraft disintegrated. The broken perspex pieces which flew into the cockpit injured him and broke his helmet visor. Some of the canopy pieces also caused damage to other parts of the aircraft. He cleared away the broken pieces of his visor and regained control over the situation. He realised that he could neither transmit nor receive on his radio. despite injuries and tremendous air blast to his person in the absence of the protective visor, he maintained full control over the aircraft, reduced the speed, descended back towards the airfield and brought the aircraft to a safe landing. In this action, Squadron Leader Ravindra Kumar displayed courage, presence of mind, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Sharadkumar Ramakrishna Deshpande 5694 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Apr 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : On 15th April 1974 Squadron Leader Sharadkumar Ramkrishna Deshpande was flying as a check instructor in a formation on a supersonic aircraft. While at 6000 metres height at a speed of 850 Km per hour, the canopy perspex, shattered and flying pieces broke his helmet visor and caused, injury to his neck and right shoulder. The Radio Telephony also went dead as its lead broke off. He however managed to connect it and tried to transmit the nature of emergency, but owing to very high noise level he could not receive any reply. As there was no protection for his eyes from the heavy air blast, his vision was blurred. He reduced, speed and managed to align the aircraft with the runway, land safety and saved a valuable aircraft. In this action. Squadron Leader Sharadkumar Ramkrishna Deshpande displayed great courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Kenneth Rodney Dutton 5873 F(P)Unit : No.107 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 15 Feb 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Kenneth Rodney Dutton has been commanding a helicopter unit since 15th February 1974, which has a dual operational and type conversion role. He has been largely responsible for the evolution of safe operating procedures for helicopters in desert terrain and is currently well well advanced in trials for special opcrations by night. He has 4750 accident free flying hours to his credit. On 24th February. 1975, while demonstrating turns in a hover, the tail rotor-cable of his helicopter snapped. It resulted in complete loss of directional control at a very crucial stage of flight. In this grave situation Squadron Leader Dutton acted with remarkable speed and presence of mind by using engine torque to counter the vicious yaw and landed the aircraft safely thus averting a very serious accident. In this action, Squadron Leader Kenneth Rodney Dutton displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Shashikant Bhise 5924 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Shashikant Bhise is serving as the Navigation Leader in one of the heavy transport squadron since December, 1973. In addition to training and normal flying, he has commendably contributed towards systemising and standardising operational techniques for all the roles of the Squadron. Squadron Leader Bhise has a total of 5060 hours of instructional as well as operational flying. He holds the highest transport flying category on six types of aircraft and holds the highest instructional category. Squadron Leader Shashikant Bhise has throughout displayed professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Suresh Kumar Misra 6407 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Suresh Kumar Misra has been serving as an Avionics Test Engineer since 21st June, 1973. His contribution to the development evaluation and selection of new avionica equipment for the Air Force has been invaluable. He has so far flown a total of 929 hours on 16 types of aircraft. Squadron Leader Suresh Kumar Misra has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Philip Rajkumar 6748 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Philip Rajkumar has been serving as a Test pilot since 16th July 1972. He has performed his task with great enthusiasm and determination from the very beginning without caring for his personal comfort and convenience. He was able to successfully organise, conduct and participate in a wide variety of trials on different types of aircraft including basic trainers, transport aircrafts bombers and supersonic fighters. He has so far flown 2428 hours on 43 types of aircraft. Squadron Leader Philip Rajkumar has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Manbir Singh 6771 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 06 Mar 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Manbir Singh [VrC], who was posted to a Base Repair Depot on 25th March, 1974, for Test flying duties has completed over one thousand hours of accident free flying on supersonic aircraft. On 6th March, 1975, while on final approach for landing in a supersonic aircraft after flight test sortie, his aircraft was struck by a bird on the front wind shield. He was momentarily blinded by the flying splinters hitting his face and visor. He quickly brought the aircraft under control and made a safe landing under very hazardous and difficult visibility conditions and saved the aircraft from further damage. In this action. Squadron Leader Manbir Singh display courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Cavas Kekashroo Panthaky 6890 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Cavas Kekhasroo Panthalty was placed in charge of a helicopter detachment for Flood Relief Operations in Patna area. He himself flew 60 sorties involving 2x hours of flying in a short period of 5 days and air dropped 16 tonnes of food supplies over the marooned houses. He inspired the other pilots by his personal example and this kept the much needed vital supply operations going. In these operations, Squadron Leader Cavas Kekhasroo Panthaky displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Kumarendra De 7415 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Kumarendra De has been the Flight Commander of an operational Squadron since 2nd April 1974. His Squadron has achieved the rare accident free record for the entire year 1974. He participated in Indo-Pak Conflicts in 1965 and 1971. He has now been flying supersonic for almost six years. Squadron Leader Kumarendra De has throughout displayed professional skill, leadership and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Owen Joseph D'Sena 7430 F(P)Unit : Tactics and Combat Development Establishment  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Owen Joseph D'Sena has been a member of an important operational unit since December, 1971. He is today one of the top fighter pilots on new aircraft and is an invaluable fighter combat instructor. He has been assigned with special and strenuous tasks of combat flying and xxx hours of mission analysis during the last three years and he ensured the successful and timely completion of the special flight trials and tasks entrusted to him. Squadron Leader Owen Joseph D'Sena has throughout displayed professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of a high order
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Dinesh Chandra Bhargava 7851 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Dinesh Chandra Bhargava has been serving as an Examiner for flight Engineers since April, 1969. Out of his total 2700 accident free hours, he has flown 1900 hours on examination duties. He has processed and evaluated various techniques for safe and proficient aircraft handling. Flight Lieutenant Dinesh Chandra Bhargava has throughout displayed professional skill, determination and devotion toduty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Chittatore Doraiswami Chandrasekhar 8426 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Chittatoor Doraiswamy Chandrasekhar was commissioned in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force on 18th April, 1964 and has been with an operational fighter squadron, since July, 1973. He has flown a total of over 2950 hours on fighter/trainer aircraft. His flying experience on supersonic aircraft amounts to approximately XXX hours. By his enthusiasm, keenness and methodical approach, He has contributed significantly in attaining and maintaining high standards of training in the Squadron. Squadron Leader Chittatoor Doraiswami Chandrasekhar has throughout displayed professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Arun Devap Nayak 8946 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 09 Nov 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Arun Devap Nayak was authorised to carry out an instructional sortie with a pupil officer on 9th November 1974 in a trainer aircraft. At about 6300 ft above mean sea level, severe vibrations were felt. Flight Lieutenant Nayak immediately took over controls. He throttled back the engine and put the aircraft into a glide. At that instant the propellor flew off. During the process of gliding he reassessed the situation and taking into consideration the strong head winds realised that he would not be able to make the runway. He selected a field near the airfield and carried out a smooth and normal landing, without any further damage to the aircraft or injury to its occupants. It was due to his skillful approach in such a potentially dangerous situation that he was able to prevent a major mishap. In this action, Flight Lieutenant Arun Devap Nayak displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Ramashankar Lal Mehta 9614 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Ramshankar Lal Mehta was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in 1947 in the trade of Fitter Airframe. His exceptional ability and dedicated hard work carried recognition and he was commissioned in the Technical Branch in 1963. For the last eight years he has worked on supersonic aircraft. During the Indo-Pak Conflict, 1971 he maintained high standard of Squadron serviceability. He was able to pinpoint snags and rectify them in the shortest possible time, thereby keeping the aircraft flying and making considerable savings on spares. Flight Lieutenant Ramshankar Lal Mehta has throughout displayed professional competence, technical skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Harmandar Singh 9832 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 11 Sep 72 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Harmandar Singh has flown a total of 1000 hours in forward areas in less than three years. He has flown 2743 hours on helicopter aircraft without a single accident, mostly in difficult hilly terrain. On 11th September 1972. information was received that a Bell helicopter belonging to Indian Oil Corporation had crashed. Flight Lieutenant Harmandar Singh took off, in marginal weather conditions to locate and rescue the survivors. He located the crashed aircraft and rescued the lone survivor. Again on 20th August, ,1973 a helicopter of the unit had force landed near Bharatpur while on a casualty evacuation mission, On receipt of information he took off in adverse weather conditions and at great personal risk evacuated the casualty and saved his life. Flight Lieutenant Harmander Singh thus displayed great courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Sukhmandar Singh Sidhu 10117 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Sukhmander Singh Sidhu of a Helicopter Unit carried out 94 sorties involving 43 hours of flying from dawn to dusk during the five days of Flood Relief Operations in Patna area. He successfullv air dropped 25 tonnes of relief supplies during that short time over the marooned houses and thus saved many valuable lives. Prior to this he had carried out 21 hours of flying during the flood relief operations in Orissa. During these relief operations, Flight Lieutenant Sukmander Singh Sidhu displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Raghbir Singh Cheema 10926 F(N)Unit : No.106 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Raghbir Singh Cheema was posted to a Bomber Squadron in December, 1972. He has flown over 1350 hours. Most of the flying was undertaken from far flung bases and over difficult terrain. Within a period of three months in 1974. he covered most of the year's allotted task of the Squadron by putting in long hours of flying. Flight Lieutenant Raghbir Singh Cheema has throughout displayed professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Maj Chitoor Subramaniam Krishnan IAUnit : Army  Award Date 20 Oct 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Major Chitoor Subramaniam Krishnan was Officer Commanding of an Air Observation Post Flight from September, 1973 to October, 1974 when the Flight was being re-equipped with a new type of aircraft. Despite the pressures of instructional flying, involved in converting a number of pilots. he set an outstanding example of professionalism by upgrading his helicopter category /instructor rating from C/White to A/Master Green. He was detailed to undertake a communication-cum-reconnaissance sortie on 20th October 1974 when his aircraft suffered an engine failure, immediately after take off at a height of 300 feet above around level. He handled the aircraft skillfully but was killed in the subsequent forced landing. Major Chitoor Subramaniam Krishnan throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
MWO Harbhajan Singh 13598 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Master Warrant Officer Harbhajan Singh has been serving with an operational transport Squadron since March, 1972. He has to his credit a total of 8623 hours of which 3342 hours have been on operational sorties on various types of transport aircraft. During Indo-Pak conflict of 1971, he took part in operations both in Western and the Eastern Sectors and also in Para Drop Operation. Despite his advancing age of 52 years he has withstood the strains of transport flying in the hills cheerfully and with determination. Master Warrant Officer Harbhajan Singh had throughout displayed diligence, professional competence and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
MWO Sisir Kumar Chatterjee 19165 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Master Warrant Officer Sisir Kumar Chatterjee qualified as an Air Signaller in 1953. He has flown a total of 7444 hours of which 1517 hours were on operations. His professional competence is of the highest order and he has been holding 'A' category since 1956. He has been on deputation to a Defence Organisation since 1966 where he has taken an active role in the Research programmes and has displayed very high professional skill and devotion to duty. He has always volunteered for additional missions and extra commitments which has been an inspiration to his colleagues. Master Warrant Officer Sisir Kumar Chatterjee has throughout displayed professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sgt Sudharshan Lal Datta 400396 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Serseant Sudarahan Lall Datta was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in December 1950. During his carreer, he has served on various types of aircraft mostly in operations squadrons. In May 1972, he was detailed to work as Senior Non-Commissioned Officer-in-charge, Central Repair and Servicing Section. From October 1973 he was detailed a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge Daily Service Section for undertaking the 25 hours scheduled servicing in addition to other operational commitments. During November, 1973 a verv large number of aircraft were required to meet the commitment of an exercise. He worked day and night with his men and met the commitment successfully. The Squadron went on an extraordinary detachment during March, 1974 for a period of about a month. During this detachment also Flight Sergeant Datta maintained a very high service ability record. Above all. he kept all the specialist vehicles in good running condition. Flight Sergeant Sudarshan Lall Datta has throughout displayed professional skill, organising ability, leadership and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Krishan Kumar Bakshi 5012 F(P)Unit : No.10 Squadron  Award Date Announced 15 Aug 76
Details :

Wing Commander Krishan Kumar Bakshi was a Flight Commander in a Fighter/Bomber Squadron from January, 1974. He took part in the 1971 operations and was awarded Vir Chakra in December, 1971, for gallantry in the Rajasthan Sector.

On the 4th March 1976, during a routine training flight he was confronted with a serious in-flight emergency involving failure of the starboard engine soon after take off, resulting in engine fire and jamming of rudder control. Wing Commander Bakshi reacted to the emergency in a cool manner, controlled the fire and brought the aircraft down to a safe height despite marginal control The engine casing had burst causing extensive Airframe damage. With remarkable presence of mind and professional skill, he landed the aircraft safely and avoided a serious accident. By this act, he not only saved aircraft but also brought back valuable evidence which would otherwise have been destroyed.

Wing Commander Krishan Kumar Bakshi thus displayed exemplary courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 26th February 1977 - No.21- Pres/77 dated 6th August 1976 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Narayan Waman Tilak 4411 F(P)Unit : Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment  Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details :

Wing Commander (now Gp Capt) Tilak was posted to an important Air Force Establishment after successfully completing the Masters Degree in Technology from Princeton University, USA. Realising quite early in the career that in a modern Air Force the flying ability must be backed by sound technical knowledge, he completed B. Tech course successfully. He was offered a scholarship by the Princeton University USA for the Master's Degree Course in technology. This two years Master's degree course he completed in 15 months by virtue of his tenacity of purpose and unwavering determination.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Yubraj Singh Pal 3703 ACCTUnit : Air Force Central Accounts Office  Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details :

Wing Commander Yubraj Singh Pal (3703) Accounts was commissioned on 4th November 1949 and since then has held several important appointments.

He was posted to Air Force Central Accounts Office in September, 1971. As Officer in-charge Officers' Pay Section he has organized the Section and streamlined its functions so well that audit objections were brought to nil by June, 1974. Through his efforts, he has made it possible for officers/ civilians retiring from service to draw their fund balance immediately after retirement from DSOP Fund and General Provident Fund accounts. He has done extensive research into the causes of delay in the finalization of non-effective accounts and has introduced certain bold and effective measure to counter them.

In the field of computerization, he has carried out detailed system studies which helped in reducing the mistakes. At the time of take over of more than a lakh provident fund accounts he was responsible for compiling a correct membership list and reconciling the subscription rate with the ledger cells.

He has been responsible for the fast, accurate and efficient implementation of the new Pay Coder. He took on himself all the burdens of refixation of pay of officer and calculation of arrears thereby relieving the units of a heavy load of work. This involved the fixation of pay of about 8500 effective and 500 non-effective accounts, reassessment of about 1,40,000 rent bills and recalculation of income tax for every officer. This work was finalized under his direction in a record time and every officer was paid his arrears by February, 1975.

In all assignments, he has worked with devotion and exceptional efficiency.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Shalgram Parhee 4146 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details :

Wing Commander Shalgram Parhee was commissioned in the Technical Branch of the IAF in August 1951. By his exceptional intelligence and application, he proved an asset in various appointments held by him.

As Senior Technical Officer in of the Radar Stations, he was instrumental in arranging and compiling detailed maintenance and training instructions on the main Radar and other ancillary equipment. He was an instructor in the Fighter Controllers Course where he with his deep understanding of the equipment, he was able to provide the maximum operational training for the pilots. At an operational Command, by careful planning and innate forethought, he was able to provide communication facilities to the far flung units under the Command inspite of limited resources in equipment and manning.

In Signals Base Repair Depot, he was entrusted with responsibility of organizing repair and overhaul of Signals and Navigation Aids and he discharged this responsibility with thoroughness and professional skill. He successfully carried out the evaluation of one of the indigenous developed light portable Radars in inclement weather conditions and at great heights. As in-charge of design and development electronic warfare equipment at a Signals Unit, he displayed exemplary leadership, devotion to duty, dogged determination and organizing ability in fabricating and quickly proving the equipment so that these are operationally available at the shortest possible time.

Wing Commander Parhee joined a special project in November, 1970. He has shown rare insight in planning and developing the proposed sophisticated system, evaluating impact of the system on existing communication network and determining the support requirements. He applied himself with unparalleled devotion to duty, untiring zeal and accomplished the task resulting in considerable savings in the overall cost of the project. By his initiative, meticulous planning and excellent leadership backed by technical knowledge, he was able to complete the task of site survey and system engineering of far flung sites in inaccessible mountainous areas on schedule. In 1974, Wg Cdr Parhee was deputed to a post abroad which called for technical knowledge, maturity and tact. In accomplishing the tasks Wing Commander Parhee showed extreme competence, rare judgment and technical skill, qualities which have been the hall-mark of his long and distinguished career.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Parduman Krishan Puri 4397 GD(N)Unit : Cabinet Sectt  Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details :

Wing Commander (now Gp Capt) Puri during the early years of his service participated extensively in supply dropping missions in NEFA and Nagaland. Thereafter, he did a Night Fighter Course abroad and served in Night Air Defence Role in two operational squadrons. During his tenure as Staff Officer (Air) in the Cabinet Secretariat (Military Wing), he has distinguished himself in rendering excellent staff work for the conduct and deliberation of various committees of Higher Defence Organisation. He has written a number of papers on strategic issues, defence production and personnel problems in the Air Force.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Ashok Sarkar 4463 LGSUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details :

Wing Commander Ashok Sarkar was commissioned in the Logistics Branch in March 1953. Since then he has held many important staff appointments and also served as member of Air Force delegations proceeding abroad.

In January 1972, he joined the staff of a composite supersonic aircraft cell at Air Headquarters. He has been primarily responsible for effecting the reorganization of this important cell. By dint of his sustained hard work much beyond the call of duty, perseverance, personal example, ingenuity, skill and considerable man-management techniques, he has particularly instrumental in streamlining the provisioning the entire range of spares and equipment for the first line aircraft. The high serviceability rate of this aircraft fleet and its consequent operational preparedness own in no small measure to his untiring efforts, high professional zeal and competence. Besides, it was solely due to Wg Cdr Sarkar's wholehearted energy and enthusiasm that a beginning has been made in the compilation of the alphanumeric catalogues of spares which is already bearing fruit in proper identification of items, quick clearance of demands, regulated and rationa lized holdings and in servicing of aircraft.

During April-May 1974, Wg Cdr Sarkar was hand picked as a member of the high powered Defence Delegation that visited USSR. His penetrating insight and clear concept of out logistic requirement vis-à-vis the intricate knowledge of the Russian supply set up and system, coupled with his capacity for mastering all relevant details was mainly responsible in rendering the Delegation's task simpler and easier. By arduously working long hours with sustained zeal and enthusiasm, totally unmindful of his own personnel inconvenience, Wg Cdr Sakrar had been instrumental for the significant achievement and success of the Delegation's mission.

Notwithstanding many odds and constraints like limited manpower resources, Wing Commander Sarkar has now upon himself the onerous responsibilities of logistics management of two of the supersonic aircraft weapon system.

Wg Cdr Sarakar has displayed exemplary leadership, professional skill and competence and has thus rendered distinguished service of a high order.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Hardip Singh Goraya 4808 GD(P)Unit : Central Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details :

Wing Commander Hardip Singh Goraya was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch in November, 1954. During his distinguished career, he has held a number of flying and staff appointments in which he has acquitted himself credibly.

He has been holding the appointment of Staff Officer in the Air Staff of an operational Command since Feb 1973. The officer has discharged his responsibilities with great vigour and vitality. His willingness to probe deeply into problems and go into the minutest detail, combined with his readiness to put in long hours of hard work resulted in formulation and execution of perfect plans and programmes. He has single-handedly produced a number of papers on the future plans of the Command. He has also been responsible for the planning of 1973, 1974 and 1975 Annual Command Exercises. Especially with regard to the planning of the 1975 exercise, his contribution was almost total. In the conduct of these exercise also the officer up a great load on himself earning the appreciation of his superiors.

Wing Commander Goraya has proved himself to be an outstanding officer of unusual ability and has rendered distinguished service of a high order.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Sirinivasan Krishnaswami 4948 AE(L)Unit : MOD  Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details :

Wing Commander Srinivasan Krishanaswamy (4948) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the IAF in 1956. He had a brilliant academic career and passed out first in his Technical Course from Air Force Technical College. As a member of design team in the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited working on an advanced high performance fighter aircraft, he undertook the responsibility of designing supposed aerials and advanced instrumentation system. Though basically an electronic engineer, he spared no effort in mastering the Airframe and Stress Analysis techniques.

He also specialized in vibration analysis studies, which is a very important consideration for the safety of aircraft and of special interest to system designers. With great confidence, competence and outstanding professional knowledge, he was able to introduce new airborne navigational systems so as to increase the operational capability of our front line aircraft.

He successfully completed the installation of a sophisticated electronic equipment on a maritime aircraft in record time and personally undertook extensive flying to give 'On the Job Training' to Navigators. He carried out 100 hours of test flying on Maritime Reconnaissance Operational sorties as system instructor and Electronics Engineer.

On the formation of the system engineering organization under Ministry of Defence, this officer was one of the few to join the organization. He was a member of the team charged with the responsibility of preparing a comprehensive document (Statement of Works) covering all aspects of a reliable and sophisticated communication system. This officer displayed great deal of initiative and competence in a variety of filed both theoretical and practical.

In 1973, this officer was selected to represent the country at an International Conference on Telecommunication. He made significant technical contribution at this conference which was attended by the top-most experts in this field. For the past one year this officer has been engaged in the planning and design of a fully automatic per formance monitoring system. He has with his characteristic brilliance and foresight succeeded in designing a system which is amongst the most advanced in this field.

By his personal example and leadership he groomed the young officers under him systematically and methodically. His selfless devotion to duty earned him the admiration and affection of the officers and staff who worked with him.

Wing Commander Srinivasan Krishanaswamy, by his superior professional skill, hard work and dynamic leadership has rendered distinguished service of a high order.

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

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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