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Air Vice Marshal Erlic Wilmot Pinto

Service No & Branch 1593 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 29 Jun 1921 Commissioned: 01 Aug 1940 Course: 4 Course
Service End: Died in Service 22 Nov 1963 (42 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Feb 1942Acting Flt Lt : 01 Oct 1943Flt Lt : 25 Mar 1945Sqn Ldr : 16 Mar 1947
Wg Cdr : 15 Aug 1948Acting Gp Capt : 15 Nov 1948Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1953Acting Air Cmde : 28 May 1958
Air Cmde : 05 Oct 1958Acting AVM : 07 Dec 1959AVM : 01 Jan 1963C-in-C : 31 Dec 1959
Training and Other Courses Attended
4 RAF (Acting Plt Offr) - 01 Aug 1940
Badges Qualified
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Gp Capt

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

- 09 Jul 1941Plt Offr11 OTU, RAFBassingbourn, UK Conversion
01 Aug 1940 - 01 Sep 1940Acting Plt OffrInitial Training School (Officers)Lahore Trainee Pilot
23 Nov 1940 - 24 Apr 1941Acting Plt Offr11 SFTS, RAFShawbury, UK U/T Pilot 29 Course
10 Jul 1941 - Plt Offr12 (HB) Sqn, RAFBinbrook, UK Squadron Pilot
30 Nov 1942 - Plt OffrNo.2 Flight (Coastal Defence)Juhu 
01 Oct 1942 - 21 Oct 1942Fg OffrNo.1 SquadronTrichinopoly Squadron Pilot To Bombay
05 Dec 1942 - 07 Dec 1943Fg OffrNo.7 Squadron Squadron Pilot
08 Dec 1943 - 11 Dec 1944Flt LtNo.7 Squadron Flight Commander A Flt.To Rectt Dir as SL
22 Jul 1945 - 07 Aug 1945Sqn LdrNo.9 Squadron Attached For Conversion
12 Aug 1945 - 01 Feb 1946Sqn LdrNo.4 SquadronHMS Vengeance Commanding Officer
- Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Director, Organisation
11 Jul 1946 - 08 Jan 1947Wg CdrInitial Training WingCoimbatore Commanding Officer
15 Aug 1947 - 09 Nov 1947Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Wg Cdr (Organisation I)
10 Nov 1947 - 08 Nov 1948Wg Cdr3 WingPalam (Delhi) Station Commander
16 Nov 1948 - 11 Aug 1949Gp CaptAdvanced Flying School (India)Ambala Commanding Officer
12 Aug 1949 - 06 Mar 1950Gp CaptNo.1 Air Force AcademyAmbala Commanding Officer
25 Apr 1950 - 25 Apr 1952Gp CaptHigh Commission of India, United KingdomLondon Air Advisor
26 Apr 1952 - Gp CaptRoyal Air Force Staff CollegeAndover, UK Staff Course
01 Dec 1955 - 27 May 1958Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Policy and Plan
28 May 1958 - 06 Dec 1959Air CmdePSO: Administration, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Administration
18 Nov 1959 - 09 Jun 1963AVMOperational CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
10 Jun 1963 - 22 Nov 1963AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Mentioned in Dispatches
Flt LtErlic Wilmot Pinto1593 GD(P)Award Date 01 Jan 1945Announced 01 Jan 1945
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : 7 Sqn
Reference : London Gazette 36866 pub 29 Dec 1944
Mention in Despatches
Gp CaptErlic Wilmot Pinto1593 GD(P)Award Date Announced 13 Jan 1951
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India , 17th February 1951 - No.2 - Pres dated 13th February 1951
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMErlic Wilmot Pinto1593 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1964Announced 26 Jan 1964
Details :

During the operations in Goa, Daman and Diu, Air Vice Marshal Erlic W Pinto was A.O.C-IN-C, Operational Command for overall conduct of air operations. His directive was to assist the land forces in the attainment of their objective with the use of minimum force. The risk of casualties to the civil population in air operations was inherent. As a result of meticulous by Air Vice Marshal Pinto and efficient coordination, the air operations in the three enclaves were carried out most successfully.

With the outbreak of the Chinese hostilities in 1962 the air operational commitments assumed vast proportions in J & K area as the land forces were largely dependent upon the Air Force for supplies, ammunitions and evacuation of casualties. The resources at Air Vice Marshal Pinto's disposal remained unaltered. However, he faced the situation with his usual calm and reorganized the units under his command to undertake the intensive logistic support required. To infuse confidence in his officers and men he led many difficult airlift missions with complete disregard to his personal safety. The first landing at forward outpost entailed use of a river bed which is the highest 'airstrip' in the world. In spite of the hazards involved, Air Vice Marshal Pinto decided to proceed on this flight himself to check operating conditions there.

As A.O.C-in-C Operational Command, Air Vice Marshal Pinto has all along displayed initiative, drive and leadership of a very high order.

Unit : WAC
Reference : GoI19640126

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
19 Mar 1944Vengeance IIAN671Fg Offr E W Pinto
Plt Offr A W Chacko
7 SqnEngine cut , belly l
22 Nov 1963ChetakFlt Lt Satnam Singh Sodhi +
AVM Erlic Wilmot Pinto +
107 HUCr at poonch 6 kille
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