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Group Captain Philip Mohan Mathai

Service No & Branch 13244 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 23 Dec 1972 Course: 109 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 2005 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 11 Mar 1991Gp Capt : 21 Dec 1995
Training and Other Courses Attended
40 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 197143 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 07 May 1988
Badges Qualified
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Sqn Ldr
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

- Wg Cdr46 WingNal (Bikaner) Chief Operations Officer
02 Nov 1992 - 08 Jan 1995Wg CdrNo.37 SquadronNal (Bikaner) Commanding Officer
23 Jan 1995 - 24 Jun 1996Gp Capt230 Signal UnitAmritsar Station Commander
07 Apr 1997 - 30 May 1999Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi JD (Ops, Joint Plg)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrPhilip Mohan Mathai13244 F(P)Award Date 24 Feb 1989Announced 26 Jan 1990
Details :

Squadron Leader Philip Mohan Mathai is the senior Flight Commander of a Fighter Squadron since 13 Jun 88.

On 24 Feb 89, he was authorized to fly as No. 3 in a 4 aircraft (MiG) formation which was to release live stores over SK Range. Soon after dropping the stores the entire formation entered the thick black smoke billowing from the target due to Napalm explosion of the formation ahead of it. Sometimes during this period No. 4 aircraft collided with No. 3 aircraft hitting it from the top.

After the impact, the pilot experienced total communication failure. Displaying total professionalism, he continued to fly towards base while continually trying to connect his shattered radio telephone plug. He had to be shepherded in for landing as his forward visibility was nil.

For his courage and exemplary professionalism, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr Philip Mohan Mathai.

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Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990
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