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Air Marshal Anand Ramdas Pandit

Service No 1707 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 21 Jun 1921
Date Commissioned 14 Sep 1941 Course 8 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Mar 1977 / Died on 15 Jul 2005
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Wg Cdr : 01 May 1953Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1962Acting Air Cmde : 05 Aug 1963
Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1965Acting AVM : 25 Sep 1969AVM : 01 Oct 1970Acting Air Marshal : 01 Apr 1973
C-in-C : 04 Mar 1972
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Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
15 Feb 1942 - 04 Dec 1942Plt OffrNo.2 Squadron, RIAFKohat Fm 1SFTS to 22AACU
06 Dec 1942 - 12 Feb 1943Plt OffrNo.22 Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation UnitDrigh Road Fm 2Sqn to 151OTU
28 Apr 1943 - 15 Jul 1945Plt OffrNo.1 Squadron, RIAFBairagarh Attd fm 151OTU To 3Sqn
14 Jul 1945 - 29 Aug 1945Fg OffrNo.3 Squadron, RIAFSt Thomas Mt To 1Sqn
01 Dec 1945 - 18 Dec 1945Fg OffrNo.12 Squadron, RIAFKohat Attached
29 Aug 1945 - 03 Apr 1946Flt LtNo.1 Squadron, RIAF To UK
26 Aug 1946 - 31 May 1947Flt LtNo.2 Squadron, RIAFKohat To 1Sqn
15 Aug 1947 - 31 Aug 1947Sqn Ldr2 Equipment DepotMumbai CO
28 Sep 1947 - 09 Dec 1947Sqn LdrNo.3 SquadronPune CO
11 Nov 1947 - 02 Aug 1948Sqn LdrRIAF Depot PH Section
03 Aug 1948 - 11 Nov 1949Sqn LdrEmbassy of India, PakistanIslamabad Air Advisor
12 Nov 1949 - 17 Sep 1951Wg Cdr1 WingSrinagar Stn Cdr
17 Sep 1951 - 15 Oct 1951Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Int)
15 Oct 1951 - 24 Aug 1952Wg CdrStaff College Student
09 Oct 1952 - 08 Oct 1956Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Dte of Tech
15 Apr 1957 - 24 Jul 1958Wg CdrConversion Training UnitHakimpet CI
25 Jul 1958 - 17 Mar 1959Wg CdrJoint Training WingHakimpet CI
- 01 Dec 1965Air CmdeEastern Air CommandShillong SASO
- Air CmdeEastern Air CommandShillong SASO
13 Jan 1966 - 24 Nov 1967Air CmdeSchool Land Air WarfareSecunderabad Cmdt
25 Nov 1967 - 14 Dec 1967Air CmdeJoint Air Warfare SchoolSecunderabad Cmdt
01 Dec 1971 - 03 Mar 1972AVMMaritime Air OperationsBombay AOC
04 Mar 1972 - 08 Apr 1973AVMTraining CommandBangalore AOC-in-C
01 Apr 1973 - 29 Feb 1976Air MshlMaintenance CommandNagpur AOC-in-C
01 Apr 1976 - 31 Mar 1977Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi VCAS
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 3
   
Distinguished Flying Cross
Fg OffrAnand Ramdas Pandit1707 GD(P)Award Date Announced 23 Jan 1945
Details : Flying Officer Anand Ramdas Pandit while serving with No.1 (RIAF) Squadron during World War II, proved himself to be an accomplished tactical reconnaisance pilot and completed 169 sorties totalling 206 hours in 2 months. His outstanding daring and determination had been the cause of his bringing back very valuable information on most occassions. The photographs secured by him had been highly commended by the Fourteenth Army. His keenness and enthusiasm for operational flying was exemplarary. For the above acts of gallantry he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Additional Citation: Flying Officer Pandit has completed a large number of operational sorties. Many of these have been flown during the monsoon period and over jungle covered mountainous terrain. He has, throughout, displayed the greatest enthusiasm and skill in his work as tactical reconnaissance pilot. His outstanding courage and determination have enabled him to secure valuable information and photographs.

Notes: Public Record Office Air 2/9043 has citation drafted when he had flown 169 sorties (206 operational hours).

Unit : 1 Squadron
Reference : London Gazette 36905 dated 23 January 45, Page 527 (Citation Courtesy: Hugh Halliday)
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeAnand Ramdas Pandit1707 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1969Announced 26 Jan 1969
Details : SASO, Eastern Air Command
Unit : EAC
Reference : Gazette of India : No.12 - Pres/69 dated 26th January 1969
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalAnand Ramdas Pandit1707 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1977Announced 26 Jan 1977
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Accidents and Incidents: 3

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
09 Sep 1946Spitfire VIIIMT872Flt Lt A R Pandit
2Kohat FL outside airfield 1mSE eng failure
11 Jun 1947Tempest IIPR646Sqn Ldr A R Pandit
5 RAF5 RAF ac uc collapse on ldg - caught fire and burn
11 Nov 1947Tempest IIPR-836Sqn Ldr Anand Ramdas Pandit DFC
3Injured in Crash at Pune