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Group Captain Balakrishna Menon

Service No & Branch 11307 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 31 Dec 1967 Course: 98 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 May 1994
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Aug 1986Gp Capt : 01 Jul 1991
Training and Other Courses Attended
36 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 22 Nov 1980
Badges Qualified
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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 Jan 1977 - 01 Dec 1977Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
08 Jul 1985 - 23 Jun 1987Wg CdrNo.15 SquadronBhuj Commanding Officer
04 Jan 1990 - 22 Dec 1991Gp Capt41 WingJaisalmer Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrBalakrishna Menon11307 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1988
Details :

Wing Commander Balakrishna Menon has been in command of a frontline fighter Squadron since 08 July 85. He has been an A-2 Qualified Flying Instructor for the last 10 years and he has over 2700 hours of accident free flying experience of which nearly 1300 ours are on jet fighters. During his tenure as Squadron Commander, his Squadron has flown over 4600 hours amounting to approximately 7100 sorties on both fighter and trainer aircraft. This gigantic task was achieved without a single accident. In the same period, as many as 16 young fledgling pilots were brought to fully operational status on the MiG-21 aircraft.

Accident free flying and a high rate of training achieved under his command have distinguished his Squadron in the Air Force. This was achieved manly due to his dynamic leadership and total dedication to the task entrusted to him. His deep involvement in every activity of his Squadron and his methodical approach have contributed a great deal towards this achievement. His ability to analysis critically and his probing mind have ensured a high degree of professionalism amongst both the aircrew and the ground crew of his Squadron. His personal example and outstanding leadership have been a source of inspiration to those placed below him.

For his exceptional devotion to duty, leadership of a very high order and professional skill, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wing Commander Balakrishna Menon.

Unit : 15 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 2nd April 1988 - No.24-Pres/88 dated 26th January 1988
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