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Air Commodore Kariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla

Service No & Branch 10862 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 04 Jun 1967 Course: 97 Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Feb 2001 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
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) - 11 Jul 196557 APFIC (Flt Lt) - 26 Dec 197318 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Sep 1980
Badges Qualified
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Flt Lt

Sqn Ldr

Wg Cdr
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

12 Jul 1965 - 20 Nov 1965Flt Cdt5 Elementary Flying Training UnitNagpur Flt Cdt
21 Nov 1965 - 27 Mar 1966Flt CdtPilot Training EstablishmentAllahabad Flt Cdt
28 Mar 1966 - 20 Oct 1966Flt CdtAir Force Flying CollegeJodhpur Flt Cdt
21 Oct 1966 - 04 Jul 1967Flt CdtNo 1. Jet Training WingHakimpet Flt Cdt
05 Jun 1967 - 10 Apr 1968Plt OffrNo.220 SquadronPune Squadron Pilot
11 Apr 1968 - 22 Nov 1970Fg OffrNo.7 Squadron Squadron Pilot
23 Nov 1970 - 08 Jul 1973Fg OffrNo.222 Squadron Squadron Pilot
27 Dec 1973 - 17 Jul 1976Flt LtAir Force AcademyDundigal Flying Instructor
28 Jul 1976 - 12 Apr 1977Flt LtNo.26 SquadronPathankot Squadron Pilot
13 Apr 1977 - 04 May 1979Sqn LdrIraq AFIraq Flying Instructor
05 May 1979 - 18 May 1981Sqn LdrNo.221 SquadronHalwara Flight Commander
19 May 1981 - 01 Feb 1982Sqn LdrNo.32 Squadron Flight Commander
01 Feb 1982 - 01 Feb 1985Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
01 Feb 1985 - 31 Dec 1986Wg CdrSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur Ops 1A
01 Jan 1987 - 31 May 1987Wg Cdr28 WingHindan (Ghaziabad) SFSIO
01 Jun 1987 - 02 Jul 1989Wg CdrNo.9 SquadronHindon Commanding Officer
03 Jul 1989 - 26 Feb 1992Gp CaptILOBangalore Gp Mgr/ DD Project
27 Feb 1992 - 10 Aug 1992Gp Capt8 Forward Base Support UnitAwantipur Station Commander
01 Aug 1993 - 31 Dec 1996Gp CaptEmbassy of India, IranTehran Defence Attache
03 Mar 1997 - 10 Jan 1999Air Cmde32 WingJodhpur Air Officer Commanding
11 Jan 1999 - 28 Feb 2001Air CmdeAir Force AcademyDundigal Deputy Commandant
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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 SqnLL Strike Mission. S
23 Oct 1980Sukhoi-7B-858Sqn Ldr Kariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla
221 SqnBird Hit at 150 mts
04 Sep 1981Sukhoi-7B-859Sqn Ldr Kariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla
32 SqnDuring 2v1, fuel tan

Additional Notes

Remarks: Blue Skies Podcast Note added: 2022-01-15
Blue Skies Podcast:S1Ep19: KC Kuruvilla - Part 1 - A sword of honour goes to war
Remarks: Blue Skies Podcast Note added: 2022-01-15
Blue Skies Podcast:S1Ep20: KC Kuruvilla - Part 2 - Incarceration Help with Escape Consequences.
Remarks: Blue Skies Podcast Note added: 2022-01-15
Blue Skies Podcast:S1Ep21: KC Kuruvilla - Part 3 - Repartriation as a POW return to flying

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