Awards for the year 1980


A total of 37 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 3 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 8 | Shaurya Chakra : 8 | Vayu Sena Medal : 7 | Vishist Seva Medal : 11 |
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Kuppuswamiar Chidambaram 3531 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Air Vice Marshal Kuppuswamier Chidambaram, (3531), Logistics, was commissioned in the Air Force in 1948. He has held a number of important appointments with distinction, including the command of four different Equipment Depots. His contribution as Officer Commanding of an Equipment Depot during Indo-Pak Conflict, 1971, was specially significant. Despite the limited resources at his disposal, he provided an extremely effective logistic support to all the operating units. It was due to his initiative and innovative approach that tedious problems like unlinked invoices worth crores of rupees and long outstanding claims at the Depot, were solved successfully. The drill laid down by him in this respect was subsequently adopted by all other Depots. It was at his instance that his staff identified and recovered a large number of tools and test equipment from obsolete aircraft systems which resulted in saving considerable amount of foreign exchange.

In 1975, he was posted as Director of Stores. By his professional skill and excellent organising ability, he brought about marked improvement in the supply position of flying clothing and clothing for airmen, both of which were in short supply. In 1977, as the Air Force Member of the Inter Ministerial Special Surplus Disposal Committee, he was responsible for the successful disposal of a large variety of phased out aircraft aero-engines and spares, which had been defying solution for a number of years. In 1978, he was appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Logistics). In that capacity, he has controlled and directed the activities of six Directorates and, undeterred by the shortfall in resources, he forged them into an efficient and effective organisation spanning the wide spectrum of operation of trainer aircraft, supply of aviation fuels, mechanical transport, maintenance planning, inspection and administration.

Air Vice Marshal Kuppuswamier Chidambaram (Retd) has rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Chandrakant Shridhar Naik 3499 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Air Marshal Chandrakant Shridhar Naik AVSM VSM (3499) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1947. He completed Post Graduate Course in Aircraft design in the College of Aeronautics in the United Kingdom. He also graduated from the National Defence College.

During his long service career, he has held various important assignments with distinction. While on deputation with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, he was intimately associated with the setting up a viable flight test organisation. He headed a team of Indian engineers to a foreign country for collaboration in a joint aeronautical engineering development project. He commanded an aircraft Base Repair Depot and, subsequently, the largest Air Force Maintenance Base which provided maintenance support to our fleet of operational aircraft during Indo-Pak Conflict, 1971. As Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Engineering) at Air Headquarters, he was responsible for successfully tackling serious unserviceability problems of a large number of grounded aircraft and for introducing various modifications for safe flying which helped in better utilisation of all types of aircraft with the available resources. In his present appointment of Air Officer in-charge Maintenance, he has ensured productivity with safety. He reorganised the Maintenance Branch on a functional basis to bring about maximum and effective utilisation of the limited inventory of aircraft spares and maintenance equipment and introduced computerised management information system which has considerably improved the serviceability and operational capability of aircraft and other systems. For his distinguished performance in his earlier career, he was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal in 1964 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in December 1971.

Air Marshal Chandrakant Shridhar Naik has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Lakshman Mohan Katre 3117 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Air Marshal Lakshman Madhav Katre AVSM and Bar (3117) Flying (Pilot), was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1945. He successfully completed a course from Royal College of Defence Studies in England.

During his long service career, he has commanded operational squadrons and stations and has held with distinction various important assignments including those of Commandant of the Air Force Academy at Dundigal, Senior Air Staff Officer and AOC-in-C of important Air Commands. By his outstanding qualities of leadership and administrative and organising ability, he has immensely contributed towards reorientation and rationalisation of training programmes and has considerably improved the operational effectiveness of the formations through effective maintenance and constant serviceability of aircraft fleet. It was also the result of his personal initiative and involvement in improving the reliability of the ageing Hunter aircraft, available with the Operational Conversion Unit, that a number of pilots awaiting operational conversion, have been successfully trained on these aircraft. In 1978, when floods affected large areas of West Bengal and Assam, he personally supervised the relief operation wherein thousands of marooned people were evacuated and rescued and huge quantities of food

supplies were airdropped.

Air Marshal Lakshman Madhav Katre has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Edwin Peter 3667 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Air Commodore Edwin Peter (3667) Accounts was commissioned in the Air Force in 1949. During his tenure at Air Headquarters as Deputy Director of Accounts from 1968 to 1972, he streamlined the organisation and procedure of accounting services. He established three separate imprests for Air Headquarters which brought accounting services closer to the place of work thereby saving several man/transport hours. The effective measures he suggested as leader of the study team on causes and cures for the delay in the finalisation of non-effective benefits, have speeded up the final settlement of accounts and the airmen are now able to get their pensionary benefits from the very month of their discharge. In recognition of these services, he was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff.

In 1972, he was appointed Officer Commanding, Air Force Central Accounts Office. During the period of his stewardship of this unit, he introduced several innovations and improvements in its various departments. He restructured the procedure for operating Provident Fund Accounts which ensured prompt payment of loans, final withdrawals and final balances. He centralised a large number policies from all over the country at Delhi and devised and implemented a procedure for their direct servicing by the Air Force Central Accounts Office for the recovery of LIC premium of Flying Branch Officers.

As Director of Financial Planning at Air Headquarters since early 1975, he meticulously processed the various financial projections in the Air Force Plan. Soon after his taking over the post, APEX , Planning Group II was formed and, though new to the field, he was able to produce, with remarkable speed and accuracy, the innumerable financial statements required during its deliberations. The entire exercise to revise the plan on the basis of the APEX II report was completed under his guidance and supervision. The sixth Five Year Plan for the Air Force was drafted by him in 1977. He had to present to the Ministries of Defence and Finance a number of financial statements and arguments in finalising the draft plan.

His efforts to understand and tackle the complex fund requirements of HAL has brought about better mutual understanding of the problems of planning and budgeting for the HAL. In the field of Cost Accounting, he has extended the flying hour costing to all types of aircraft. In the area of training, in addition to costing of all regular courses in training institutions, he has undertaken and completed ad hoc costing of all courses conducted in non­training institutions. In regard to costing in Base Repair Depots, he spearheaded a Pilot Study in the field.

Air Commodore Peter has been serving as Chairman of the Air Force Sports Control Board since 1st March, 1978 and has also been the PMC of Central Vista Mess. In looking after these extra curriculum jobs, he has shown commendable management skill and efficiency. By his hard work and devotion to duty, he has managed to perform these additional tasks without affecting his primary duties.

Air Commodore Edwin Peter has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Ripu Daman Sahni 3867 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Air Commodore Ripu Daman Sahni (3867), Flying, (Pilot) was commissioned in the Air Force in April, 1950. During his long service career, he has held a number of important assignments with distinction. He was the first transport pilot to be selected to undergo a Test Pilot's Course at the Empire Test Pilots' School in the U.K.

Air Commodore Sahni, who attained the highest professional qualifications as a transport pilot and as a flying instructor very early, was assigned to the unit responsible for rating and validation of pilots and flying instructors. He categorised over 150 pilots during that assignment. During this period, he was instrumental in drafting a document, standardising air transport operations. The measures suggested by him immensely contributed in improving the operational effectiveness of the transport force. He was intimately associated with flight development, evaluation and testing of aircraft. Starting with production testing, including the first indigenously built HS-748, he took over as the Chief Test Pilot of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited where he was intimately associated with the development of Marut and Kiran aircraft and prototype testing of the Marut Trainer. It was through the discerning investigations carried out by a Technical Team headed by him that apprehensions regarding the use of HS-748 as a public transport, were allayed.

After the Indo-Pak Conflict, 1971, Air Commodore Sahni was appointed the leader of a team of specialists to assess the effectiveness and achievements of our Air Force in the Conflict. Under his guidance and through meticulous and incisive research, the team was able to establish facts which formed the basis of a number of lessons of strategic operational importance.

As Commandant of Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment from 1974 to 1977, Air Commodore Sahni displayed excellent organisational ability and played a major role in upgrading the strike capability of combat aircraft through adaptation of modern sophisticated systems on the existing fleet. Through his pioneering work and untiring efforts, a Fixed Wing Experimental Test Pilots' Course was started at Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment. The introduction of this course reflects the professional excellence achieved by this Establishment. This has also helped in saving considerable amount of foreign exchange. Air Commodore Sahni has taken over as Director of Projects at Air Headquarters and has been monitoring and directing major indigenous projects. In his long service, he has acquired 6225 hours of flying experience on 50 different types of aircraft of which 1500 hours relate to test flying. This is a glowing testimony of his outstanding airmanship, skill and competence.

Air Commodore Ripu Daman Sahni has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Canakapalli Venkata Sesha Suryanarayana Row 4058 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Air Commodore Canakapalli Venkata Sesha Suryanarayana Row (4058), Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics), was commissioned in the Air Force in January, 1951. He has competently held many important appointments during his long Service career. On his taking over as Command Signals Officer in June, 1976, Air Commodore Row set to work on the development of indigenous items of signal equipment. The designs of Teleprinter Broadcast Units, Synchronous on­line Cypher Machines and Auto Message Switching Systems, prepared under his guidance, were finally accepted for manufacture. This has helped the country in conserving valuable foreign exchange. He has planned the entire teletype network for a high technology Tropo­scatter communications system, thus enhancing Service efficiency. His recent creditable achievement was the preparation of maintenance schedules for various items for Ground Electronic equipment. Air Commodore Canakapalli Venkata Sesha Suryanarayana Row has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Bharat Lal Verma 4206 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Air Commodore Bharat Lal Verma (4206), Flying (Navigator), was commissioned in the Flying Branch (Navigator) of the Indian Air Force in January, 1952. Among his contemporaries, he has the maximum number (6522) of incident free flying hours to his AVSM 1980 credit. He holds category 'A' and has held the appointment of Air Force Examiner at the Aircrew Examining Board with distinction. On assuming the command of the Air Force Station, Tambaram, in June, 1977, he ensured that the entire resources were geared to meet all the flying task requirements of the Flying Instructors School. Despite intensive flying effort, not a single major accident occurred during his command of the station. All efforts were made to acquaint all personnel about the importance of flight safety and the measures to be taken in an emergency. Flight Safety was also introduced as part of the curriculum of the training at No. 2 Ground Training School where airframe, aero­engines and armament trades are taught.

The Raja Ram School run by the Unit got Government recognition due to efforts made by Air Commodore Verma. The Air Force Elementary School with teaching facilities upto Fourth Standard also developed into a wellkept and well­staffed school. By liaison with the educational authorites and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, he was able to procure not only maximum number of admissions for the Air Force children in the Kendriya Vidyalaya at Tambaram but also in the Kendriya Vidyalayas located at other places in Tamil Nadu. This went a long way in boosting up the morale of all personnel of the station.

Air Force Station Tambaram which was called up by the State Government to render emergency aid during floods in November 1977, provided in a remarkably short time, was so prompt and successful that it earned the appreciation of the Tamil Nadu Government. Similarly, the emergency aid during the cyclone in November, 1978, and May, 1979, was prompt and effective and earned the praise both from the public and the press. All this was possible because of the dedicated efforts and leadership of Air Commodore Verma.

Air Commodore Bharat Lal Verma has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Jugal Kapur 4044 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Group Captain Jugal Kishore Kapur, (4044) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical), was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in January, 1951. During his service career, he has held various staff and other key appointments, including that of Chief Technical and Inspection Officer at Hindustan Aircraft Limited, Deputy Director at Air Headquarters and Command Armament Officer of one of the operational Commands. He successfully AVSM 1980 completed the Post Graduate course at College of Aeronautics, Cranfield (UK) in 1963. As Deputy Director (Guided Weapons) in the Directorate of Technical Development and Production (Air), he was largely responsible for the development and establishing indigenous manufacture of a large number of items for the Guided Weapons System. In recognition of this indigensation effort, he was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 1974.

In September, 1976, he took over the Command of a Base Repair Depot. From the time of his taking over, the officer applied himself with exemplary zeal and shouldered the responsibility with a high degree of confidence. He not only brought about remarkable improvements in the functioning of the Depot but also more than doubled the production of aero­engines during the second half of the year 1976-77. During the year 197778, he set about tackling the various problems in order to achieve the assigned production target. He resolved the problems of shortage of spares by keeping a close watch on the availability of spares and obtaining them after exploring all possible sources. He also resorted to indigenous development and manufacture of a large number of items to meet the urgent requirements. He maintained excellent relations with the other Commanding Officers of the station to achieve maximum cooperation. His sole aim, throughout, has been to achieve the highest, production target and maintain high level of quality control and thus meet the requirements of operational units. By dint of his complete dedication, he has not only met the production target assigned for the year 1977-78, but also exceeded the target in respect of Avon engines. In 1978-79 again, the Base Repair Depot has achieved the production target.

Besides overhaul of aero­engine, the Base Repair Depot is also responsible for repair and manufacture of all types of ground equipment. In the year 1977-78, the Base Repair Depot repaired/ manufactured 878 pieces of ground equipment against the task of 218. In the year 1978-79, similarly, the Base Repair Depot repaired 1020 pieces of ground equipment to meet the urgent requirements of the operating units even though the task was only 444.

Group Captain (now Air Commodore) Jugal Kishore Kapur has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Krishna Narayan Pillai 4874 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Group Captain Krishna Narayana Pillai, (4874), Flying (Pilot), was commissioned in the Air Force in 1955 in the Flying (Pilot) Branch. Early in his career, he displayed his superior flying skill and was selected for the Pilot Attack Instructor's course. After successful completion of his training, he was employed on instructional duties for imparting Weapon Delivery techniques to pilots of fighter squadrons and luring that period there was a marked improvement in the Weapon Delivery accuracy of fighter squadrons. During the period of his assignment at the Aircrew Examining Board, he was responsible for motivating aircrew into accurate flying under diverse weather conditions.

In addition to his teaching and testing duties, he served as a Flight Commander in one of our frontline offensive air support squadrons. Thereafter, he has been in command of a premier fighter squadron for a full tenure and trained his squadron into a very effective fighting force. In recognition of his professional competence, he was posted as Deputy Director in the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. In this capacity, he was largely responsible for standardising operational techniques in our fighter squadrons and generating flight safety consciousness without sacrificing operational advantages. A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Group Captain Pillai has held an Air Staff appointment in an operational Command. In these duties, he has shown an equal amount of zeal and innovativenss in the operational planning entrusted to him. He has an excellent sense of anticipation and appreciation of air operations in general.

Group Captain Krishna Narayana Pillai has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran 4973 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Group Captain Palamadai Mmhuswamy Ramachandran (4973) Flying (Pilot), has been on the posted strength of Aircraft and System Testing Establishment since February, 1976. He was commissioned in the Air Force in October, 1955. His entire service has been marked with outstanding professional competence in every field of activity that he served. Whether as a test pilot, a fighter squadron commander, a pilot attack instructor or as a staff officer, his performance has always been of an extremely high order. His devotion to duty, his courage, and his dedication to the service have already won him recognition in the form of awards of the Shaurya Chakra during the Goa Operations, 1961 and Vayu Sena Medal after three years in command of a fighter squadron from 1973 to 1976.

Group Captain Ramachandran qualified as a test pilot in the Empire Test Pilot's School in the UK in 1962. Since then, he has been closely involved with a wide variety of activities affecting the evaluation and induction of new aircraft, weapons and airborne equipment for the Air Force. He has served Hindustan Aircraft Limited on deputation as Chief Test Pilot in the Kanpur Division and has actively participated in the evaluation of several transport, trainer and fighter aircraft for the Air Force. In 1976, as a Wing Commander he took charge of the Test Pilot's School at ASTE and was responsible for the conduct of the first Experimental Test Pilot's Course to be run in this country. India is one of the few countries in the world to provide this very highly specialised form of training, and much of the credit for the success of the venture, goes to the high quality of supervision and leadership exercised by Group Captain Ramachandran. In June, 1977, he took over as the Chief Test Pilot of ASTE. Since then he has been responsible for the planning, supervision and conduct of a vast number of evaluation, development and flight trials, not only for the Air Force, but also for the Research and Development Agencies and the Space Department. He has himself been an active participant in a majority of these trials which have won high praise and recognition for ASTE both within our country and in advanced aeronautical nations with whom India maintains friendly contacts. In the course of his career, Group Captain Ramachandran has flown over 3800 hours on 50 types of aircraft. Of this, over 1500 hours have been spent in testing of almost every type of fixed wing aircraft operated by the Air Force. At all times he met the exacting demands and challenges of this type of work with extreme dedication in the interests of the nation and the service.

Group Captain Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Trilochan Singh 5043 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Group Captain Trilochan Singh, (5043), Flying (Pilot), who assumed Command of Air Force Station Hasimara on 5th September, 1977, set out on a plan to bring about all round improvement in the functioning of the Station. Besides meeting the flying task, the station achieved high standard of flight safety as well as serviceability, not only of aircraft but of all specialist and other transport vehicles. The maintenance Inspection Team from Air Headquarters were impressed by the high state of maintenance at the Station.

For his commendable skill and experience in operational flying, he was awarded Vir Chakra during Indo-Pak Conflict, 1965. He has served abroad as a Pilot Attack Instructor. He has used his flying skill and experience to train the pilots of his Station and to inspire confidence in them by frequently participating himself in the air combat and gunnery exercises. As a result, one of the supersonic squadrons from his Station achieved an overall Average Plus assessment from Directorate of Air Staff Inspection and won the Bombing Trophy in the Inter Squadron Gunnery Meet. The other Squadron at his base won the Front Gun Trophy in the same Gunnery Meet.

Under his scheme of welfare measures, he established shopping and Recreation Centres and Cinema Halls under self-financed schemes. These amenities have been adequately meeting the needs of his personnel residing at an isolated station and have helped them in keeping up their high morale.

Group Captain Trilochan Singh has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Shaurya Chakra
Cpl Vishwanath Sharma 291101 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 06 Dec 77 Announced 26 Jan 80
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On the 6th December, 1977, Corporal Vishwanath Sharma, who was returning to his unit after expiry of his Casual Leave, had to break his journey at Delhi Railway Station to catch a connecting train to Jodhpur. At about 1430 hours on that day, Sergeant Mange Ram of Air Force Station, Jodhpur, was passing through Company Bagh, opposite Delhi Railway Station, happened to notice two persons trying to pick the pocket of a person sleeping in the Company Bagh. On being challenged, both of them attacked Sergeant Mange Ram and pushed him into the hedge. Corporal Sharma, who happened to be there, rushed to his help. The Criminals, who tried to run away, were given hot chase by Corporal Sharma and Sergeant Mange Ram. One of the culprits named Gurdeep, whipped out a dagger and stabbed Corporal Sharma in the stomach. Corporal Sharma was immediately rushed to Jayaprakash Narayan Hospital by Sergeant Mange Ram and later to Military Hospital, Delhi Cantonment for intensive care on 17th December, 1977, where he succumbed to his injuries, the next day. The criminals were later nabbed by the police.

In this action, Corporal Vishwanath Sharma displayed exemplary courage, high sense of comradeship and undaunted determination.

Reference: Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Puran Chandra Singh Rautela 9576 AE(L)Unit : 33 Signal Unit  Award Date 11 Oct 78 Announced 26 Jan 80
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An aircraft was lost in October, 1967 in Kulkila Glacier area of Lahul-Spiti at the height of 15,000 and 18,000 feet. In October, 1978, Squadron Leader Puran Chandra Singh Rautela, VSM, volunteered to undertake the expedition to locate the wreckage and the body of the pilot. Despite adverse weather conditions, he undertook the journey as snow would have obliterated the traces of wreckage. On the way he saved the life of a Japanese tourist suffering from acute pulmonary edema at a height of 13,000 feet by offering him the limited oxygen available to the team. Though deserted by the majority of porters, he continued to lead the expedition under dangerous weather conditions with temperature at -30°C and wind speed of 50 knots. During the course of operation, on one occasion, he was buried to the neck-deep in loose snow. Inspite of this, he inspired confidence in the members of his team through personal example and carried on the expedition and ultimately discovered the wreckage of the aircraft lost nearly 11 years ago and carried the wreckage back to the base.

In this action, Squadron Leader Puran Chandra Singh Rautela displayed exemplary courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Jagat Narayan Shukla 8548 ADMUnit : 7 P & S Flight  Award Date 25 Oct 78 Announced 26 Jan 80
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On 25th October, 78, a labourer Shri Mithoo Lal was buried alive approximately at a depth of 30 feet in a well of the Sewage Disposal System, under construction in the New Project Area of Air Force Station, Agra. No one was willing to undertake rescue operation for fear of being trapped as well. At about 1430 hours when Squadron Leader Jagat Narain Shukla learnt about the disaster, he rushed to the scene of the accident and informed Police and Fire Brigade. These agencies arrived promptly, but as the cave in was about 20' and the exact position where the labourer was buried, was not known, none was prepared to enter the well.

Realising the situation, Squadron Leader Shukla himself jumped into the pit and commenced rescue operations. On seeing his example some other labourers joined the rescue and Shri Mithoo Lal was rescued after four hours' effort.

The selfless act of courageous at the peril of his own life and hard struggle in hostile environment was at display at its finest and resulted saving of a human life, the life of a poor civil laborer, Shri Mithoo Lal.

In this action, Squadron Leader Jagat Narain Shukla displayed initiative, courage and determination of a very high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr David Joseph Actest De Figueiredo 9844 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 24 Jan 79 Announced 26 Jan 80
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On the 24th January, 1979, Squadron Leader David Joseph Achates Defigueiredo was participating in a seven aircraft Republic Day Fly-past rehearsal formation. On completion of the rehearsal he rejoined circuit. As he commenced a descending turn to the left, a hydraulic malfunction occurred in the control circuit to the ailerons. The rate of roll to the left suddenly increased and Squadron Leader David Defigueiredo found that the control stick had jammed and could not be centralized. As the aircraft rolled on to its back the nose dropped into a spiraling descent. In such an uncontrollable situation, so close to the ground, the immediate, and entirely correct, reaction of most pilots would be to abandon the aircraft while adequate height was available. However, without losing his presence of mind, he continued to apply various corrective measures in order to save the precious aircraft. Finally, he could pull the aircraft out of its dive barely 600 ft. above ground level and brought it safely back to the base.

In this action, Squadron Leader David Defigueiredo displayed courage and determination, professional competence and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Gulzarinder Singh Braich 8762 F(P)Unit : No.119 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 14 Mar 79 Announced 26 Jan 80
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During March, 1979, Lahul and Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh were subjected to heavy snowfall and avalanches which had disrupted all traffic to and from the valley and had considerable loss to life and property of the inhabitants. Squadron Leader Gulzarinder Singh Braich was detailed to undertake relief supply missions in the area. Undeterred by the adverse weather conditions and the consequent flying hazards, he flew eight sorties with 6,700 kilograms of supplies for the affected people.

Squadron Leader Gulzarinder Singh Braich thus displayed courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Narinder Singh 8675 F(P)Unit : No.48 Squadron  Award Date 26 Mar 79 Announced 26 Jan 80
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On 26th March 1979, Squadron Leader Narinder Singh was engaged in Ladakh. The dropping zone was located in a narrow valley surrounded by high ranging hills. The operation involved constant manoeuvring of the aircraft every close to the hills. During a critical turn at an altitude of about 13,000 feet, his aircraft developed an engine failure and started losing height and power rapidly. Squadron Leader Narinder Singh skillfully manoeuvred his aircraft and diverted it to advance landing ground at a distance of about 45 kilometers from the dropping zone and effected a safe landing with the help of only one engine. Squadron Leader Narinder Singh not only saved a valuable aircraft but ensured delivery of urgently required rations at the destination.

In this action, Squadron Leader Narinder Singh displayed professional skill, courage, determination and devotion to duty of a very high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Manohar Pandurang Rane 9763 F(P)Unit : 104 HU  Award Date 01 May 79 Announced 26 Jan 80
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On 01 May 79, Squadron Leader Manohar Pandurang Rane was detailed to fly the Chief of the Staff from Halwara to Barnala and back. On completion of task, when he was flying the helicopter back to base, the rotor blade spacing cables broke and severed two of the three controls rods to the rotor head. This left him with no control over the attitude or descent path of the helicopter. He assessed the performance what little control remained and gradually managed to coax the aircraft into a slightly nose-up descent path. Realizing that he would not be able to slow down the descent rate, he shut down the engine as there was no other alternative. Unfortunately the helicopter crashed and caught fire and Squadron Leader Rane lost his life.

Squadron Leader Manohar Pandurang Rane thus displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980 

Shaurya Chakra
Fg Off Atul Trivedi 13805 F(P)Unit : No.10 Squadron  Award Date 08 May 79 Announced 26 Jan 80
Details : On 8th May 1979, Flying Officer Atul Trivedi was authorised to fly a Marut Fighter Aircraft for a training flight. About 10 minutes after take off while carrying out his briefed mission his aircraft suddenly developed tail vibrations and nose-down oscillations. Without losing his presence of mind, the officer analysed the situation quickly and discovered that both the main and the stand by trimmers were not functioning. He also noticed that the Radio-Telephonic communication System of the aircraft had also failed simultaneously and hence it was not possible for him to seek guidance and help of the flying control.

Flying Officer Trivedi handled multiple emergency situations with exemplary professional competence, returned to base without a radio telephonic system, carried out a flapless approach and landing at a speed of 200 knots and brought the aircraft to a halt without any further damage. Flying Officer Trivedi thus not only saved a valuable aircraft under circumstances of grave risk to his own life but also made it available for more valuable purpose of post accident investigation.

In this action, Flying Officer Atul Trivedi displayed exemplary courage, professional competence, undaunted determination and devotion to duty of exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 24th May 1980 - No.37 - Pres/80 dated 26th January 1980 

Bar to Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Inder Puri 6499 F(P)Unit : No.43 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 80
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Wing Commander Inder Puri was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in May, 1962. Right from his initiation in service, his immaculate performance as a transport pilot became evident and it was recognised by the award of Vayu Sena Medal during the Kutch operation in 1965. Upto 1966, he had logged over a thousand operational hours to his credit.

He successfully completed the flying Instructor's course in 1967 and did valuable instructional tenures at Elementary Flying School, Air Force Flying College and Transport Training Wing, logging over a thousand instructional hours till 1971. For his outstanding contribution in training, he was awarded the commendation by the Air Officer Commanding­in­Chief, Training Com mand, in August, 1971.

As Officer Commanding of the Air Delivery Flight during Indo-Pak conflict, 1971, he maintained a continuous life line for logistic and maintenance support to the front line Squadrons in the Eastern and the Western Sectors. For this act of outstanding devotion to duty, the officer was mentioned in 'Despatches'. In 1972, he was specially selected as a Captain and deputed to Air Wing of the Border Security Force. He was instrumental in organising the Air Wing of the Para-Military force and carried out difficult and, at times, onerous assignments satisfactorily. In recognition of his meritorious services, the Border security Force granted him an unpaid rank of Commandant during his tenure.

In 1975 Wing Commander Puri graduated from Staff College. In January, 1977, while at Headquarters Central Air Command, he was awarded n commendation by Air Officer Commanding­in­Chief for his outstanding performance and professional ability for over 1800 hours of accident free flying since 1970. During the unprecedented floods in river Indus in August, 1978, by meticulous planning and, by inspiring his men in-spite of the vagaries of nature, difficult terrain and bad weather, he organised 270 relief sorties in one fortnight. He not only won the platitude of over 100 people evacuated from the jaws of death but of service. This performance proved that Leh was no longer a dreaded Station.

Wing Commander Inder Puri's contribution towards sports has also been outstanding. He captained the National Defence Academy Team (1960), represented Air Force for nearly a decade and represented service in the Ranji Trophy.

Wing Commander Inder Puri has thus displayed exceptional professional skill and ability, undaunted determination and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 13th June 1981 - No.34-Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Anil Yeshwant Tipnis 5859 F(P)Unit : No.23 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 80
Details :

Wing Commander Anil Tipnis took over the command of an Air Force Squadron in July, 1977, when it was decided to phase out the Gnat and re­equip the Squadron with MiG-BIS aircraft. He was also required to move his Squadron to its new location. At the new location, while sorting out the numerous administrative problems relating to re-settlement he, simultaneously, undertook the task of equipping his unit with new aircraft. He formulated every detail concerning the collection of aircraft and the ground and test equipment, and organised his Squadron into an efficient unit for training of aircrew and technicians. It was due to his dedication and inspiring leadership that his fledgling Squadron accomplished the significant achievement of accident-free flying in the first year of its re-equipment and turned out five pilots fully operational and seven other pilots operational by day. Within a short period of nine months of its change over to MiG BIS aircraft, it was required to take part in the Western Air Command Armament Meet 'Arjuna 78'. Despite the limited experience of its personnel on the new aircraft, the Squadron displayed commendable performance at the Armament meet. The planning, organisational and man­management capabilities of Wing Commander Tipnis have been above average. The commendable contribution of his professional competence is that he has maintained an accident free record right from the beginning. His unit has also achieved 100 % serviceability twice during this year.

Wing Commander Anil Tipnis has thus displayed high professional skill and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 13th June 1981 - No.34-Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Michael McMahon 7399 F(P)Unit : Tactics and Combat Development Establishment  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 80
Details :

Squadron Leader Michael McMohan was posted to tactics and Combat Development Training Establishment again in September, 1977. He had served in this establishment earlier during February 1973 to June, J975. In the later tenure, he was initially appointed as the Officer-in-charge Training where he implemented modifications in the Fighter Combat Leader training pattern with commendable results. In addition to the above charge, he took over as Officer-in-charge Development from January, 1978. The Establishment finalised Air Combat Tactics during that period and ensured completion of other development tasks allotted to the Establishment. Squadron Leader Michael McMohan was appointed as the Signal Unit Flight Commander in July 1978. During this tenure, he has ensured that despite the high risk exercises in the Establishment, the Flight Safety is maintained at its peak level.

Squadron Leader Michel McMohan has thus displayed professional skill and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 13th June 1981 - No.34-Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Sivaramakrishnan Kalyanaraman 7704 F(P)Unit : Helicopter Training School  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 80
Details :

Squadron Leader Sivaramakrishnan Kalyanaraman was posted to Helicopter Training School in April, 1971. Within a period of ten months, he has flown 310 hours and has conducted two conversion courses and two ad-hoc conversion courses, without any suspensions. His excellent leadership has enabled the Helicopter Training School to complete a total of 3844:50 hours of accident/ incident free flying during 1977 as a result of which the school won the Headquarters Training Command Flight Safety Trophy. In November, 1978, the unit was called upon to send a detachment of two helicopters for Cyclone relief operation to Sri Lanka. The detachment, which was led by Squadron Leader Kalyanaraman, flew 163 missions and dropped over 1,00,000 pounds of food and medicine packets to the cyclone affected people. He himself flew 85 missions. During the relief operation, he had to put in nearly 18 hours every day for over a period of thirteen days.

Squadron Leader Sivaramakrishnan Kalayanaraman has thus displayed professional skill, high qualifies of leadership and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 13th June 1981 - No.34-Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Surjit Singh 8148 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 80
Details :

Squadron Leader Surjit Singh has flown over 2500 hours during his 15 year of service. He has been a Flight Commander and Fighter Combat Leader for over four years and during that period he trained a large number of pilots to operational status. Since January, 1970, he has flown over 1600 hours in 2325 sorties on MiG aircraft. Throughout this period, he had an accident free record.

Squadron Leader Surjit Singh has thus displayed professional skill and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 13th June 1981 - No.34-Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Kenneth Oswell John 8422 F(P)Unit : No.43 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 80
Details :

Squadron Leader Kenneth Oswell John, who was on the posted strength of an Air Force Squadron from February, 1976, to November, 1978, was employed on operational flying duties in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland areas. He was a keen flier and undertook arduous flying commitments at odd hours even at the cost of his personal comforts. He had flown 1,060 hours during such a short tenure in the unit. This is an achievement of this competence as a Flying (Pilot). He has to his credit a total of 3917 hours of flying, out of which 1340 hours were flown in operational areas. His zeal, hard work and high sense of devotion to duty, which had attained for him an above average professional standard, had been a source of inspiration for others.

He was assigned the responsibilities of Flight Commander, Squadron Detachment Com mander and Training Officer with a view to utilising his high flying abilities and experience. As Flight Commander, he introduced systematic working in the Flight Office which increased the efficiency of the aircrew and reduced their fatigue. As detachment Commander, he ably tackled all administrative and welfare problems of his men and prompted them by his personal example, to achieve high competence in flying. As Training officer, he raised the professional status of his pilots by his able guidance and intensive training schedule which improved the overall operational status of the unit.

Besides his contribution towards raising the flying standard, Squadron Leader Oswell John was also closely associated with the extra curricular activities of his Squadron. A keen sportsman himself, he always took active part in the sports activities and, consequently, his Squadron earned good name on the Station. His strong attachment to sports is evident from the fact that the officer collapsed on the field during the annual sports events from which he could not recover.

Squadron Lender Kenneth Oswell John thus displayed high professional still, leadership and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 13th June 1981 - No.34-Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sgt Raj Narain Choudery 280090 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 80
Details : 280090 Sergeant RAJ NARAIN CHOUBEY Electrical Fitter :

Sergeant Raj Narain Choubey was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in April. 1965. He has been serving at an Air Force Wing since October, 1977.

A Ten Ton Coles Crane had been lying at the Air Force Station for the last five years for want of repairs. With its rotten wiring and its unserviceable electrical components, it was not possible to put it back on load without proper know-how and wiring diagram. Local market is of no help. Realising that M/s Tractor India Ltd., the only firm dealing with this type of crane, had quoted Rs. 360/- per day, over and above the air fare from Calcutta and back as charge for their Engineer to survey the crane, it was decided to back-load the crane as beyond economical repairs.

It was at this stage that Sergeant Choubey volunteered to repair the machine. It was a remarkable achievement of his ingenuity that, single handedly, he completed all the wiring and repaired all the unserviceable electrical components of the crane. He, thereby, not only made available a reliable crane, an essential equipment for an Air Force Station, but also effected considerable saving in Government expenditure.

There was a high rate of unserviceability of MT Vehicles on the Station and most of the vehicles suffered from frequent breakdowns because of short circuiting and other electrical snags. In August, 1978, Sgt. Choubey undertook this uphill task. He set up an electrical bay in the Mechanical Transport Repair and Servicing and rigged up facilities, within local resources, for testing, fault finding and repair of almost all ranges of assorted type of Generator, Dynamos, Starters and Voltage Regulators. During his tenure not a single Voltage Regulator, Starter and Generator was sent for local repairs except for rewinding. Apart from saving considerable sum of public money, the delays normally caused due to repairs in the local market were avoided. Prompt and quick rectification helped in sustaining cent per cent serviceability of the electrical systems in the vehicles.

Sergeant Raj Narain Choubey has thus displayed very high professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 13th June 1981 - No.34-Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Vilampil Gopal 4520 AE(M)Unit : AHQ  Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
Details :

Wing Commander Vilampil Gopal was posted to Air Headquarters on 27 Jun 77 as a Deputy Director. He was responsible for the maintenance of Kiran (HJT-16), HT-2, Krishak and Devon aircraft fleets, for both technical and logistics activities. Kiran aircraft is an indigenous aircraft which has several problems associated with a newly inducted aircraft. As against this, HT-2, Krishak and Devon are vintage aircraft and have innumerable problems because of their old age. Further, due to shortage of staff, the provisioning reviews were in arrears and the serviceability of the fleet was very low.

With concerted efforts and meticulous attention to details, Wing Commander Gopal was able to overcome the shortcomings in the provisioning and supply of the maintenance and overhaul spares which directly contributed to the improvement of serviceability and reduced AOG percentages. By his personal example, he imbued enthusiasm in the officers and staff working under him and guided them in their day-to-day work. It was due to his sustained hard work in providing the product support to the BRDs, that the production at the repair agencies of all the aircraft, aeroengines and rotables showed considerable improvement. The very close and timely attention to the defects and their investigation paid by him made a significant contribution to flight safety in respect of these aircraft which are handled by ab initio pilots.

In the years 1977-78, the serviceability of the Iskra fleet was adversely affected. As a result a lot of extra load of pilot training was put on the Kiran aircraft. It was only because of Wing Commander Gopal's devotion to duty much beyond the normal requirements, that it was possible to meet the extra commitment, without any break in training. With his industry and hard work for long hours, unmindful of personal considerations, in spite of continued shortage of staff, he was able to bring up the maintenance preparedness of the aircraft fleets entrusted to him, to a highly commendable level,

For his keenness, devotion to duty and sense of responsibility, Rashtrapati is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wing Commander Vilampil Gopal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Ranbir Singh Rana 5106 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
Details :

Wing Commander Ranbir Singh Rana was the Officer Commanding of a Forward Base Support Unit from Jun 77 to Apr 79. During this period he did outstanding work. The forward location of his Base and its operational importance called for a high degree of operational preparedness at all times. Despite many difficulties including acute shortage of manpower, and many extra duties and responsibilities, he ensured that all administrative and operational tasks were carried out. Wing Commander Rana was given the added responsibility of providing administrative services to five subsidiary lodger units which he did, most efficiently, without any additional manpower or other facilities. Simultaneously he ensured that operational standards were maintained at a high level at all times.

During his tenure at the base, Wing Commander Rana activated his unit and supervised the operational, flying and training of fighter aircraft most efficiently and without a single flying accident or incident. He also supervised and activated the base very successfully for two major exercises during the period.

The Officer served in a fighter squadron during the Indo-Pak conflict of 1965. In 1971 he flew a large number of photo reconnaissance sorties over the enemy territory of West Pakistan while serving with a Sukhoi Squadron. He was Mentioned in Despatches for his meritorious work. He has flown approximately 2500 hours on various types of single engine aircraft. He is a qualified Pilot Attack Instructor and a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College.

Wing Commander Rana's personal example, qualities of leadership, cheerfulness under stress and exceptional sense of responsibility and devotion to duty have been an inspiration to the personnel working with and under him. His rapport with the Army during his tenure at the Base has been exceptionally good.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the growth and maintenance of high operational and administrative standards in the Air Force, Rashtrapati is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wing Commander Ranbir Singh Rana.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Chitragupta Munjal 5511 ADMUnit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
Details :

Wing Commander Chitra Gupta Mangal was commissioned in the Administrative Branch of the IAF on 1st June, 1958. He has the singular distinction of having served simultaneously as OC (Unit) and Staff Officer to the AOC-in-C, both at HQ CAC and HQ WAC.

In his early career at training units at Jalahalli and Tambaram, he made invaluable contributions towards the general administration and training activities of the IAF as for instance:- a. At Medical Centre, Jalahalli, he revised the entire training syllabus which had farreaching and long-lasting impact on the quality of out put of airmen. b. As Commander of the Basic Squadron at Tambaram, he introduced a system of screening, training and battle inoculation including range firing for ab initio recruits which improved the standards of physical fitness and fighting capability of the airmen. c. As Sports Officer, he was not only responsible for managing and training of Air Force teams at Tambaram, but also had the distinction of winning for the Air Force all the four events in the Inter-Services Championship.

Consequent to the decision to shift HQ CAC from Calcutta to Allahabad, he, as OC Unit and the Staff Officer to the AOC-in-C had the dual responsibility of ensuring a quick and smooth move. He achieved that with distinction without any untoward incident, loss or damage and activated the HQ at Allahabad well before the scheduled date. Shifting of the WAC HQ from its old location at Palam for its new building in Subroto Park complex was achieved in a similar manner. This became feasible by his involvement, meticulous planning and systematic execution. This move entailed the bifurcation of the Airmen's and SNCOs messes between Air Force Palam and HQ, WAC and activation of the same in the new complex. This was accomplished in record time with no disruption of essential services. Likewise, the Non-Public Funds of HQ WAC had to be separated from those of Palam and started afresh. This was achieved by him through persuasiveness, tact and careful planning. Within a short span of one year, he raised the Non-Public Funds from a meagre Rs. 10,000/- to Rs. 60,000/- by his judicious schemes. Besides his normal duty, he was called upon to plan and scrutinise Air Force projects to be progressed by various R&D Establishments. He executed this task with remarkable maturity and confidence which won him appreciation from all concerned. During the development of "RATO" by ISRO, Wing Commander Mangal was entrusted with the task of monitoring its progress and organising the entire administrative arrangements including its trial at Bareilly. This challenging task which was highly technical and sophisticated in nature was accomplished by him with his quick uptake, clear thinking and deep insight. Wing Commander Mangal had the distinction of being the only Admin Officer to have been ever associated with the development of an intricate technical project.

While at Western Air Command within one and a half year he had the distinction of bringing down from over 300 cash and 500 stores objections to a nil state. This was achieved through his consistent efforts, tenacity of purpose and close liaison with the audit staff.

Wing Commander Mangal proved his mettle again as Staff Officer to the Vice Chief of the Air Staff from 1969 till early 1973.

As Officer I/C Administration at AF Station, Tezpur he was responsible for the execution of works services amounting to Rs. 74 lakhs in one year involving relaying of the complete taxi tracks within a record period of 6 months and installation of the GCA set-up within a record period of 4 months. With his flair for constructive planning and ingenuity he mobilised the unexploited potential of the Station which resulted in the growth of the Non-Public Funds by Rupees sixty-four thousand in one year. He was also instrumental in clearing within one year as many as 300 odd audit objections which had accumulated over the years.

Wing Commander Mangal served as DDPS at Air HQ from July 76 onwards. Directorate of Personal Services is the only Directorate having no Joint Director and only one Deputy Director. He handled multitude of subjects to the entire satisfaction of his superiors. Some of his notable achievements were:- a. Clearance of seven disciplinary cases which were pending for the past 5 to 8 years within a period of 6 months. b. Obtaining government sanction which increased the Amenity Grant for AF personnel by Rs. 1.45 lakh per year. c. Securing Government sanction for regularising the expenditure incurred on the modification/stitching of jackets for JWOs. On creation of the new rank of JWO in the IAF, the Government had agreed to the new pattern of jacket for the JWOs but no specific sanction was accorded for modification/ stitching of the jackets. The expenditure already incurred by AF units in this regard amounted to over Rupees Thirty five lakhs and had become a subject of controversy. Through his initiative and liaison with the officials of the Min of Def and Finance he was able to secure Govt sanction not only to cover the expenditure already incurred but also for future expenditure. d. Introduction of new welfare measures by AFWWA. As Hony Secy of AFWWA, he introduced new schemes which provided considerable benefits to the families of serving, retired and deceased AF personnel. A review of the scholarship scheme increased the number of beneficiaries from 23 to 176. The new scheme of vocational training to widows and dependents became very popular. Through his efforts he secured employment for 23 AF families.

With his systematic analysis and pragmatic approach, he induced a sense of purpose amongst all his colleagues and subordinates in all assignments. For this, Rashtrapati is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wing Commander Chitra Gupta Mangal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Vijendra Kumar Singhal 5535 MEDUnit : 7 Air Force Hospital  Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
Details :

Wing Commander Vijendra Kumar Singhal was commissioned in 1958. During 21 years of service, he has carried out his various assignments with credit and has never been found wanting in any of the diverse duties allotted to him. Besides being a medical officer, he is a qualified pilot, paratrooper and mountaineer. He was trained in UK and West Germany in Aircrew Survival and was the pioneer Officer Commanding of Jungle and Snow Survival School. He has been SMO at a number of flying stations where he was deeply involved with aircrew care and flight safety. He has commanded various type of units like TMPF, AMU and No. 11 Air Force Hospital. He has also held the staff appointment of DDMS at Air Headquarters.

He is one of that rare breed of officers who shine and stand out given any responsibility. He is so remarkably versatile that he will make a success of any job given to him. His dedication to service and total involvement with the task in hand is an example for others to emulate. He has always carried out his duties with unparalleled zeal and enthusiasm in a missionary spirit and acquitted himself creditably. Air Force can truly be proud of the service rendered by him.

He assumed command of No. 7 Air Force Hospital in Jul 78, and dedicated himself to his task with perseverance. The hospital has undergone a total facelift under his dynamic leadership. It has become a symbol of institutional efficiency in spite of a low level of authorised establishment. Patient care and hospital management have assumed new dimensions. New facilities have been created and existing ones reorganised for better patient comfort at every step. These include reorganisation of Red Cross Centre, Laboratory facilities in OPDs, proper dining areas for patients, playpen for children, comfortable waiting areas, creation of CSSD, pack store for patients, installation of a PCO, reduction in waiting time and so on. Creation of an Airmen Welfare Centre and AFWWA (L) Centre with all conceivable amenities have opened new vistas of welfare for personnel and families. Better inventory control and accounting has led to a sizeable saving in the expenditure on medical stores, Training of medical and paramedical staff has been implemented with gusto for achieving high professional standards.

All this has been possible because of his initiative, organising ability, resourcefulness and unstinted hard work. He has knitted the entire hospital organisation into one cohesive force aimed at still better patient care. His personal example has been a source of inspiration to all and has generated a new enthusiasm at all levels. Under his command the high standard of administration and efficient professional attention has raised the prestige of the Hospital sky high in the eyes of one and all. By his untiring zest and personal attention to details, he has been instrumental in making No. 7 Air Force hospital a 'show window" of the Air Force. His honesty of purpose and sense of involvement with total disregard for personal comfort and convenience deserve a special mention.

For this Rashtrapati is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wing Commander Vijendra Kumar Singhal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Muhamed Abdul Rehman 5711 GD(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
Details :

Wing Commander Muhamed Abdul Rehman was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 29 May 59. Presently he is commanding a Guided Weapon Squadron in a remote area of Northern Sector. He brought the Squadron to a very high state of operational preparedness, having planned and executed the training of the combat team in a systematic manner. Under his able command and guidance the technical equipment was brought to a record state of serviceability. He has carried out the tasks assigned to him with great zeal and enthusiasm and at the same time his high qualities of leadership have been a source of inspiration to the officers and men placed under his command. He keeps himself abreast of the latest rules and regulations and has always been a source of guidance to his subordinates.

Due to his personal involvement in the welfare activities of the Squadron, the morale of the personnel is at the highest level. Further, due to his untiring efforts and personal involvement in the 'shramdan' a park has come up in the unit area, which is a great attraction and a source of entertainment for all the personnel including families of the Squadron personnel in a remote place.

For his leadership, professional skill and devotion to duty, in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force, Rashtrapati is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wing Commander Muhamed Abdul Rehman.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Subash Chander Madan 5965 AE(L)Unit : 8 Ground Training School  Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
Details :

Wing Commander Subash Chander Madan took over as the first Commanding Officer of No. 8 Ground Training School, Air Force in November, 1976. He was assigned a challenging job of forming a Ground Training School for Pechora complex. With only a short period of two months ahead for the com mencement of the full fledged course comprising 50 officers and 452 airmen to be trained on the newly acquired sophisticated SAGW system, this officer took up the challenge and embarked on the completion of the colossal task of setting up the class rooms, a large 'secret' library, training aids of large dimensions, deployment of combat equipment in a far flung area, accommodation for specialist vehicles and above all meticulous drawing up of detailed syllabi on the vast and varied subjects embracing various faculties.

This tremendous task involved detailed planning and prompt execution at all levels. Wing Commander Madan's impeccable professional knowledge, profound capacity for organisation and qualities of leadership with characteristic vigour, zeal and determination are of such high order that he successfully attained the goal in a superb manner working almost round the clock, thus paving the way for the commencement of the course as programmed.

Inspired by his personal example, enthusiasm and devotion to duty, officers and men under his command cheerfully worked extra time with him. He commanded the respect and absolute loyalty and confidence of those placed under him, while being trusted and commended by his superiors. So far, three special GW courses have successfully passed out comprising 117 officers and 1000 airmen of different groups, with brilliant academic and professional acumen. Besides, three short term courses for Senior Commanders have also been conducted under his able guidance. As a part of training, Wing Commander Madan executed several mobility exercises of the entire convoy of the complex without any mishap.

Within a short span of its inception, No. 8 Ground Training School, Air Force has found a place for itself among the foremost training institutions in the IAF. The significance, reputation and achievements of this institution have attained recognition under Wing Com mander Madan's stewardship. It is looked upon with faith as a result oriented organisa tion for consultancy service in so far as the Surface to Air Guided Weapon of the Air De fence Ground Environment System is concerned. Rashtrapati is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wing Commander Subash Chander Madan for his distinguished and exemplary service of a high order

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Uma Shankar Mishra 6399 AE(M)Unit : 17 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
Details :

Squadron Leader Uma Shankar Mishra has been on the posted strength of No. 17 Wing since 06 Dec 76 as Chief Engineering Officer.

Squadron Leader Mishra is an extremely devoted and dedicated officer with a professional ability of very high order. During his tenure as C Eng O at No. 17 Wing, he consistently and effectively used his initiative to bring out some very creditable improve ments in the functioning of the technical services and facilities located there.

It was mainly owing to his untiring efforts that the serviceability of the Canberra fleet improved from 28% in 1976 to 39% in 1978 and that of the Dakota fleet from 52% in 1976 to 56% in 1978. This was achieved by his personal intervention in the clearing of AOGs, effective snag analysis and rectification work and streamlining in the technical procedures and practices. It is indeed praiseworthy that during this period no accidents/incidents were caused by technical or maintenance lapses. Squadron Leader Mishra was the guiding and driving force in achieving this high rate of serviceability.

Over and above these major achievements. Squadron Leader Mishra's devoted and painstaking efforts ensured MT serviceability of over 90% and putting back on road several vehicles such as the Coles Crane, Class III Crash Tenders and several tractors and aeroplane tugs which had been off road for long periods of time. With his highly developed technical bent of mind he was also responsible for several innovations at the station level like the adoption of S-24 rockets for Canberras, the fitment of a Liberator bomb bay tank for long range ferries on Dakotas and the fabrication of a device for detecting faults in underground cables.

For his exemplary leadership, dedication to duty, admirable capacity of management and professional competence, Rashtrapati is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Squadron Leader Uma Shankar Mishra.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Puthumana Devidasan Menon 9133 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
Details :

Squadron Leader Puthumana Devidasan Menon was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch in 1964. On completion of training he was awarded the CAS's medal for being first in order of merit. Within a few months after commissioning he was selected to undergo a course on Guided Weapons, on completion of which he served for nearly four years in a DVINA Squadron and thereafter for another four years in a DVINA Wing. During this period by virtue of his professional skill and hard work he contributed to a great extent towards enhancing the operational status of the weapon system.

In 1974 Squadron Leader Menon assumed command of a type 3101 Radar Squadron located in the western sector. During the three year period that followed, he upgraded the operational preparedness of the unit by consistent and intensive training of all personnel placed under him. In 1977, he was posted to the Rajasthan sector to take over command of another type 3101 Squadron. As CO and Senior Technical Officer of the Squadron, Squadron Leader Menon displayed outstanding qualities of professionalism and man-management. In recognition of this exe mplary work towards improving the servicea bility of equipment and the professional ability of personnel, he was commended by the AOC-in-C, No. 1 Operational Group in 1978.

In addition to his normal duties, during the past two years. Squadron Leader Menon has undertaken extensive practical studies/ trials, with a view to enhancing the operational capability of the radar equipment. These included studies on improving low level coverage by means of reverse mode operation and altering proportion of power-feed to aerials. Besides improving the technical status of his own unit, the officer provided valuable assistance in fault analysis and rectification at other squadrons in the Group equipped with similar radar.

For his outstanding initiative, and drive and distinguished services, Rashtrapati is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Squadron Leader Puthumana Devidasan Menon.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
MWO Tom David 27701 ORUnit : 3 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
Details :

Master Warrant Officer Tom David was on the posted strength of Air Force Station, Palam since 28 May 74. Ever since, he has been employed as the Station Warrant Officer.

Master Warrant Officer David has completed over 36 years of meritorious and dedicated service. In recognition of his outstanding performance and devotion to duty, he was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff twice and also by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Com mand. Even when left with only a few months of service, he continued to be an embodiment of efficiency in his field of activities.

He has displayed a very high degree of professional competence, loyalty and total devotion to duty. He has the capacity to work for long hours willingly and efficiently. He has proved himself to be a very useful member of the team. Without him, the Station could not have possibly accomplished all the tasks assigned to it.

He understands the needs of his men and is ever prepared to meet their legitimate demands. With his excellent man-management, he formed a close knit team of class 'D' employees of the station. He is firm and yet considerate. In fact, he has set a fine example of an airman for others to emulate.

For the past three years. Master Warrant Officer David has played an important role in the success of "Air Force Day Parades" held at Palam and in particular, the Air Force Day Parade held in October 1978. Master Warrant Officer David was entrusted with the exacting task of preparation of the parade ground, seating arrangements and giving a facelift to the whole area. The results and the standard achieved were a testimony to his organising ability.

For the "Fire Power Demonstration" organised at Tilpat in Feb 78, Master Warrant Officer David was responsible for making varied administrative arrangements. As such much of the credit for the show goes to him.

Besides his normal call of duty, he has also taken very keen interest in all the station activities. He has been responsible for organising various cultural and sports activities. Master Warrant Officer David has also been responsible for creating the 'Beat Band' comprising talented airmen of the Station. The contributions made by him to the Service have been very substantial and invaluable.

For his professional competence, organising ability and total dedication to Service, Rashtrapati is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Master Warrant Officer Tom David.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
MWO Madan Singh Rawat 200315 ORUnit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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Master Warrant Officer Madan Singh Rawat has been on the posted strength of a unit since 31 Mar 71. During his tenure he has been employed both in DSS and R & SS. During the last 17 years he has been serving in operational units and has been one of the outstanding supervisors in the field. With keenness and uncommon zeal he carried out the most arduous and responsible supervisory duties. His will and capacity for work have been a source of Inspiration to others. He has been instrumental in maintaining a high standard of professionalism among other SNCOs and men by his strict supervision and eye for detail. His organisational capacity is best seen when taking out a Detachment where he personally formulates the plan to the minutest details and executes it surmounting all the problems with a smile on his countenance.

For a period of three years before his tenure in the unit he was employed as the SNCO i/c R&SS at No .8 Wing. His supervision was second to none. The smooth and efficient manner in which he has been functioning in his present job as MWO i/c Type 96 R&SS speaks volumes of his ability as a supervisor and his professional knowledge.

Last but not the least he is a keen sportsman and even with a 12 hour working schedule he finds time to play a game of hockey. During his service career he represented the Services in Hockey for two years and the Air Force for seven years.

For his selfless dedication to work, total involvement and ability to inspire those under him, Rashtrapati is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Master Warrant Officer Madan Singh Rawat.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
MWO Puthenpurayl Cheriyan Mathew 208592 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 80 Announced 26 Jan 80
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208592 Warrant Officer Puthenpurayl Cheriyan Mathew Weapon/Fitter as the Squadron Warrant Officer has shown exemplary initiative, interest and proficiency in maintaining a high standard of serviceability in airborne and ground armament equipment. In addition he has been mainly responsible in ensuring a high standard of trade proficiency among his subordinates. He has made positive efforts and trained his men to achieve greater speed in armament turn around combined with safety and has been largely responsible to produce an armament accident free record in the Squadron.

The Unit was given the responsibility of doing 1000 lb bombing for the Air Force Fire Power Demonstration in the year 1978. In the pursuance of this task Warrant Officer Mathew successfully carried out Herculean task of loading not less than 480 1000 lb bombs in a short period of two range activities to enable adequate training of the aircrew. These 480 bombs were loaded in a short span of only two months of flying and at the operational location under dispersed condition. Even in the most congenial environment the task of safely loading 480 bombs without a single mishap is a record to be envied.

He has also been employed as Warrant Officer incharge of DSS and in this dual capacity he has displayed high degree of leadership and managerial capability. His loyalty and integrity are of a very high order. For his loyalty, devotion to duty and high sense of professionalism, Rashtrapati is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Warrant Officer Puthenpurayl Cheriyan Mathew.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1980 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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