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Air Marshal Anand Ramdas Pandit

Service No 1707 Branch F(P)
Name : Anand Ramdas Pandit Rank Air Marshal
Date of Birth: 21 Jun 21
Date Commissioned 14 Sep 41 (8 Course) Service End Retired on 31 Mar 77
Remarks : psc
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

15 Feb 42 - 04 Dec 42Plt Offr2 SquadronKohat  Fm 1SFTS to 22AACU 
06 Dec 42 - 12 Feb 43Plt Offr22AACUDrigh Road  Fm 2Sqn to 151OTU 
28 Apr 43 - 15 Jul 45Plt Offr1 SquadronBairagarh  Attd fm 151OTU To 3Sqn 
14 Jul 45 - 29 Aug 45Fg Offr3 SquadronSt Thomas Mt  To 1Sqn 
01 Dec 45 - 18 Dec 45Fg Offr12 SquadronKohat Attached  
29 Aug 45 - 03 Apr 46Flt Lt1 Squadron To UK  
26 Aug 46 - 31 May 47Flt Lt2 SquadronKohat  To 1Sqn 
28 Sep 47 - 09 Dec 47Sqn Ldr3 Squadron CO  
15 Apr 57 - 24 Jul 58Wg CdrCTUHakimpet CI  
25 Jul 58 - 17 Mar 59Wg CdrJTWHakimpet CI  
13 Jan 66 - 24 Nov 67Air CmdeSLAWSecunderabad Cmdt  
25 Nov 67 - 14 Dec 67Air CmdeJAWSSecunderabad Cmdt  
01 Dec 71 - AVMMAOBombay AOC  
04 Mar 72 - 08 Apr 73AVMTCBangalore AOC-in-C 
01 Apr 73 - 29 Feb 76AMMCNagpur AOC-in-C 
01 Sep 78 - 31 Mar 79AMAirHQDelhi VCAS  
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Awards and Decorations
Number of Awards: 3


Distinguished Flying Cross
Fg Offr   Anand Ramdas Pandit 1707 GD(P) Award Date Announced 23 Jan 45
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 Cmde Anand Ramdas Pandit 1707 F(P) Award Date 26 Jan 69 Announced 26 Jan 69No Image Available
Details :

SASO, Eastern Air Command

Unit : EAC 
Reference : Gazette of India : No.12 - Pres/69 dated 26th January 1969

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Anand Ramdas Pandit 1707 F(P) Award Date 26 Jan 77 Announced 26 Jan 77
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Accidents and Incidents: 3

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
09 Sep 46 Spitfire VIII MT872Flt Lt A R Pandit 2 Kohat FL outside airfield 1mSE eng failure

11 Jun 47 Tempest II PR646Sqn Ldr A R Pandit 5 RAF 5 RAF ac uc collapse on ldg - caught fire and burn

11 Nov 47 Tempest II PR-836Sqn Ldr Anand Ramdas Pandit DFC 3 Injured in Crash at Pune

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