Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Air Commodore Kariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla

Service No & Branch 10862 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 04 Jun 1967 Course: 97 Course Entry Mode : NDA
Service End: Retired on 28 Feb 2001
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Qualified as
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 20 Jul 1986Acting Gp Capt : 23 Oct 1989Gp Capt : 01 Jul 1991Acting Air Cmde : 03 Feb 1997
Air Cmde : 01 Feb 1996
Training and Other Courses Attended
28 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 196518 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Sep 1980
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- 01 Dec 1983Sqn LdrElementary Flying SchoolBidar Flight Commander
- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
01 Jun 1987 - 02 Jul 1989Wg CdrNo.9 SquadronHindon Commanding Officer
- Air CmdeAir Force AcademyDundigal Deputy Commandant
03 Mar 1997 - 10 Jan 1999Air Cmde32 WingJodhpur Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Fg OffrKariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla10862 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1973
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flying Officer Kariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla served with a FighterBomber Squadron in the Western Sector. On 4th December, 1971, he carried out a strike mission over Chander airfield and successfully attacked enemy aircraft on ground and airfield installations. On 5th December, 1971, he flew another strike mission over Chistian Mandi, scored a direct hit on the engine of a train and inflicted heavy damages to the train despite intensive Antiaircraft fire. Again, on 6th December, 1971, he undertook another strike mission over Dera Baba Nanak area and attacked enemy tank concentrations. During this attack, while making a second pass over the target, his aircraft was hit by the enemy anti-aircraft fire and crashed.

Flying Officer Kariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla displayed gallantry and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 222 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 16th June 1973 - No.37 - Pres/73 dated 26th January 1973

Accidents and Incidents: 3

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
06 Dec 1971Sukhoi-7B-854Fg Offr Kariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla
222 SqnSD AAA 1025 Hrs Jass
23 Oct 1980Sukhoi-7B-858Sqn Ldr Kariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla
Bird Hit ejected ac
04 Sep 1981Sukhoi-7B-859Sqn Ldr Kariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla
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