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Air Marshal Sumit Mukerji

Service No & Branch 12925 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 22 Jan 1972 Course: 107 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Jun 2011 Superannuated Flying Hours : 3757 Nick Name : Muks
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 11 Mar 1991Gp Capt : 01 Dec 1994Air Cmde : 01 Mar 2001Acting AVM : 03 Mar 2005
AVM : 25 Oct 2004Air Marshal : 01 May 2007C-in-C : 01 Sep 2009
Training and Other Courses Attended
38 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 197028 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Dec 1986
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 Dec 1986Sqn LdrNo.102 SquadronBareilly Flight Commander
16 Jul 1990 - 07 Jun 1992Wg CdrNo.47 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
21 Jun 1993 - 30 Apr 1994Gp CaptDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
01 May 1994 - 16 Jun 1996Gp CaptNo.102 SquadronBareilly Commanding Officer
17 Jul 1996 - 22 Jul 1998Gp CaptTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Commandant
23 Jul 1998 - 30 Nov 2000Gp Capt46 WingNal (Bikaner) Station Commander
01 Dec 2000 - 19 Nov 2001Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-I
22 Nov 2001 - 28 Feb 2005Air CmdeEmbassy of India, USAWashington Air Attache
03 Mar 2005 - 31 May 2006AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Ops (Concept & Doctorine)
01 Jun 2006 - 30 Apr 2007AVMMoDNew Delhi Technical Manager (Air)
27 Aug 2005 - 30 Jun 2011Tactics and Combat Development Establishment Commodore Commandant
01 May 2007 - 30 Apr 2008Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
01 May 2008 - 31 Aug 2009Air MarshalPSO: Personnel, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel
01 Sep 2009 - 30 Jun 2011Air MarshalSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Shaurya Chakra
Flt LtSumit Mukerji12925 F(P)Award Date 08 May 1980Announced 26 Jan 1981
Details :

On the 8th May, 1980, Flight Lieutenant Sumit Mukerji was flying an instructional Instrument Flying sorties. At a height of 4900 metres, he experienced a front bearing failure and shortly engine seizure took place. Till then, no reliable statistics were available on the rate of descent of aircraft experienced with seized engine and different configuration of aircraft using undercarriage and flaps. With a totally professional approach, unmindful of great danger to his own life, Flight Lieutenant Mukerji passed on to the flying control the various rates of descent he experienced with and without undercarriage. Despite a very high rate of descent, he through his fine airmanship managed to land the aircraft and thereby saved a valuable aircraft from certain destruction. He also helped in collecting valuable data on the situations that follow an engine seizure.

In this action, Flight Lieutenant Sumit Mukerji displayed courage, presence of mind and professional skill of a high order.

Unit : AFA
Reference : Gazette of India , 18th April 1981 - No.28 - Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptSumit Mukerji12925 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1997Announced 26 Jan 1997
Details :

Group Captain S Mukerji, SC (12925) F (P) was commissioned as a Fighter Pilot on 22 Jan 72. He has held the important appointments of Directing Staff at Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment and Defence Services Staff College, as well as Commanding Officer (CO) of a MiG 29 Squadron. He was awarded Shurya Chakra in 1981. He has more than 3500 hours of accident free flying to his credit.

Gp Capt S Mukerji was appointed the CO of a Squadron in May 94. During his tenure, Gp Capt Mukerji was personally responsible for successful completion of two important tasks assigned to his Squadron. The first task of Mid Life Extension programme of aircraft, entailed a task force consisting of a team of Russian Specialists and IAF technicians & officers. The most important task of air testing & proving the air worthiness of each aircraft after modifications, which is normally the purview of the Test Pilots, was solely left to him. The successful and timely completion of the programme was mainly due to the meticulous planning and supervision by Gp Capt Mukerji.

The second task of photographing the Total Solar Eclipse entailed close team work with scientists of the Udaipur Solar Observatory. Gp Capt Mukerji led the team in planning & execution of the task which demanded the need to fly the aircraft with great precision & accuracy as well as split second timing to capture the sun at the exact moment of Totality and was successfully executed.

For distinguished services of a high order, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Gp Capt Sumit Mukerji.

Unit : 102 Sqn
Reference : GoI19970126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalSumit Mukerji12925 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2011Announced 26 Jan 2011
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Additional Notes

Remarks: Blue Skies Podcast Note added: 2022-01-15
Blue Skies Podcast:S1Ep35: Sumit Mukherji - Fishbed to Fulcrum and every MiG in between

Articles from Main Site

An Ode to Fallen Air Warriors by Air Marshal Sumit Mukerji -

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