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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
Died 15 Jul 05
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- Plt OffrNo.22 Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation UnitDrigh Road  Fm 2Sqn to 151OTU 
- Plt OffrNo.1 Squadron, RIAFBairagarh  Attd fm 151OTU To 3Sqn 
- Plt OffrNo.2 Squadron, RIAFKohat  Fm 1SFTS to 22AACU 
- Fg OffrNo.3 Squadron, RIAFSt Thomas Mt  To 1Sqn 
- Fg OffrNo.12 Squadron, RIAFKohat Attached  
- Flt LtNo.2 Squadron, RIAFKohat  To 1Sqn 
- Flt LtNo.1 Squadron, RIAF To UK  
28 Sep 47 - 09 Dec 47Sqn LdrNo.3 SquadronPune CO  
12 Nov 49 - 17 Sep 51Wg Cdr1 WingSrinagar Stn Cdr  
15 Apr 57 - 24 Jul 58Wg CdrConversion Training UnitHakimpet CI  
25 Jul 58 - 17 Mar 59Wg CdrJet Training WingHakimpet CI  
- Air CmdeEastern Air CommandShillong SASO  
13 Jan 66 - 24 Nov 67Air CmdeSchool Land Air WarfareSecunderabad Cmdt  
25 Nov 67 - 14 Dec 67Air CmdeJoint Air Warfare SchoolSecunderabad Cmdt  
01 Dec 71 - AVMMaritime Air OperationsBombay AOC Called AOC, West India, and situated at Pune prior to this, noved to Mumbai as AOC, MAO in July 1971 
04 Mar 72 - 08 Apr 73AVMTraining CommandBangalore AOC-in-C  
01 Apr 73 - 29 Feb 76AMMaintenance CommandNagpur AOC-in-C  
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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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