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Air Vice Marshal Surendra Nath Goyal

Service No & Branch 1560 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 11 Dec 1917 Commissioned: 30 Jul 1938 Course: 7 IAF Cranwell Course
Service End: Retired on 08 Aug 1968 Superannuated Died on 28 Feb 2009 (92 Years age) Nick Name :
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Fg Offr : 30 Jul 1938Acting Flt Lt : 18 Jul 1941Flt Lt : 30 Apr 1943Acting Sqn Ldr : 01 Apr 1944
Wg Cdr : 15 Aug 1948Acting Gp Capt : 15 Aug 1947Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1952Acting Air Cmde : 17 Dec 1952
Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1959Acting AVM : 01 Apr 1961AVM : 01 Apr 1964C-in-C : 01 Apr 1961
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

10 Sep 1936 - 29 Jul 1938Flt CdtRAF Academy CranwellCranwell,UK Cadet
01 Jan 1939 - 10 May 1941Plt OffrNo.1 Squadron Squadron Pilot
10 May 1941 - 17 Jul 1941Fg OffrNo.2 SquadronPeshawar Squadron Pilot
18 Jul 1941 - 03 Oct 1942Flt LtNo.2 SquadronPeshawar Flight Commander A Flt
04 Oct 1942 - 03 Sep 1943Sqn LdrNo.1 SquadronTrichinopoly Commanding Officer
15 Aug 1947 - 16 Sep 1947Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Gp Capt (Plans & Training)
17 Sep 1947 - 30 Jan 1948Gp Capt2 Ground Training SchoolTambaram Station Commander
27 Jan 1948 - 30 Apr 1948Gp CaptAir Operations, Air HQDelhi Gp Capt (Operations)
15 Nov 1948 - 01 Mar 1951Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Organisation
17 Mar 1951 - 16 Dec 1952Gp CaptNo.2 Air Force AcademyJodhpur Commanding Officer
17 Dec 1952 - 10 Jan 1956Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding
16 Jan 1956 - 27 May 1958Air CmdePSO: Maintenance, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Technical & Equipment Services
28 May 1958 - 10 Dec 1959Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Operational CommandSimla Air Officer Commanding
11 Dec 1959 - 31 Mar 1961Air CmdeSchool of Land and Air WarfareSecunderabad Commandant
01 Apr 1961 - 06 Aug 1966AVMTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
09 Aug 1966 - 18 Jun 1968AVMNational Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Member of the Order of the British Empire
Wg CdrSurendra Nath Goyal1560 GD(P)Award Date Announced 01 Jan 1946
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Additional Notes

Remarks: IAF pioneer Air Vice Marshal Surendranath Goyal passes away Note added: 2009-03-07

By Suresh Panje,

New Delhi, March 1 : Pre-war pioneer and the eldest officer of the Indian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Surendranath Goyal passed away here on Saturday following a brief illness. He was 92.

He is survived by a son, daughter and grandchildren.

Born on December 11, 1917, Air Vice Marshal Goyal was commisioned in the Royal Indian Air Force on July 30, 1938. During his illustrious career, he commanded Air Force's premier No. 1 "Tigers" Squadron during 1942-43. He was also the Air-Officer-Commanding-in-Chief of the Training Command for a record ten years.

He retired in 1968 after commanding the National Defence Academy for two years.

The retired Air Vice Marshal was multifaceted personality. He opted to be a yoga teacher. He toured European countries between 1973 and 1983. Since 1983, he was actively involved in rural development work in the village of Sambhalerha in Uttar Pradesh.

Fondly called "Surenji", he founded two voluntary organisations - World Association for Value Education (WAVE) and Netaji Forum - and also a magazine devoted to good governance and ethical values - People's Manifesto.

On Sunday, the former Air Vice Marshal was cremated with full military honours.

Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, and former chiefs Air Chief Marshal A Y Tipnis and Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi paid their last respects by laying wreaths on his body. A number of friends, admirers and relatives were present at the cremation.

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