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Air Marshal Hari Chand Dewan

Service No & Branch 1598 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 20 Sep 1921 Commissioned: 01 Aug 1940 Course: 4 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1976 Superannuated Died on 22 Aug 2017 (96 Years age) Nick Name : HappyHarry
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Feb 1942Acting Flt Lt : 01 Oct 1944Flt Lt : 27 Nov 1946Sqn Ldr : 15 Aug 1948
Wg Cdr : 01 Feb 1951Acting Gp Capt : 06 Aug 1951Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1955Acting Air Cmde : 07 May 1960
Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1964Acting AVM : 01 Jan 1967AVM : 01 Apr 1967Acting Air Marshal : 24 Mar 1971
Air Marshal : 01 Apr 1972C-in-C : 01 Jan 1967
Training and Other Courses Attended
2 NDC (Air Cmde) - 31 May 1962
Badges Qualified
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Fg Offr

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 Aug 1940 - 01 Sep 1940Acting Plt OffrInitial Training School (Officers)Lahore Trainee Pilot
24 Jul 1942 - Fg OffrNo.4 Flight (Coastal Defence)Vizag 
01 Mar 1943 - 25 Nov 1943Fg OffrNo.8 SquadronPeshawar Flight Commander B Flt
26 Nov 1943 - Fg OffrNo.8 Squadron Squadron Pilot
- 01 Dec 1942Flt LtCFSUK Trainee Instructor
15 Dec 1944 - 29 Dec 1945Flt LtNo.7 Squadron Flight Commander
12 Jan 1946 - 15 Feb 1946Flt LtNo.6 SquadronRanchi Adjutant
04 Mar 1946 - Flt LtNo.12 SquadronA Flt Flight Commander
25 May 1947 - Sqn LdrNo.12 Squadron Flight Commander
28 Oct 1947 - Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Wg Cdr (Operations)
01 Jun 1948 - 01 May 1949Wg CdrRoyal Air Force Staff CollegeAndover, UK Staff Course
16 Apr 1951 - 06 Aug 1951Wg CdrAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
16 Aug 1951 - 28 Nov 1952Gp Capt1 Air Task ForceJallandhar Commanding Officer
12 Jul 1953 - 31 Jul 1955Gp CaptNo.2 Air Force AcademyJodhpur Commanding Officer
01 Aug 1955 - 30 Nov 1955Gp CaptNo.2 Air Force CollegeJodhpur Commandant
30 Nov 1955 - 26 Apr 1959Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director Training
28 Apr 1959 - 06 May 1960Gp Capt2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Station Commander
25 Apr 1960 - 01 May 1961Air CmdeOperational CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
02 Jul 1962 - 31 Dec 1966Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Transport Operations
01 Jan 1967 - 28 Mar 1968AVMCentral Air CommandCalcutta Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Apr 1968 - 23 Mar 1971AVMMaintenance CommandNagpur Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
24 Mar 1971 - 31 Mar 1973Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Apr 1973 - 18 Oct 1973Air MarshalPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
01 Oct 1973 - 31 Mar 1976Air MarshalPSO: Planning, Air HQDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
11 Jun 1976 - AirHQ Communications Squadron Commodore Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMHari Chand Dewan1598 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1969Announced 26 Jan 1969
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Hari Chand Dewan was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1940. He saw active service in Burma during World War II. He has held various command and staff appointments with distinction. He attended the Flying Instructors Course in the United Kingdom in 1942 and the RAF Staff College Course, Andover, in 1948-49. He also attended the National Defence College Course in 1961-62. After holding the appointment of Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters, Western Air Command, he was posted as Director of Operations (Transport) at Air Headquarters where he had to handle a variety of difficult problems relating to air transport support. During the Chinese aggression in 1962, he planned the airlift programme involving not only the transport fleet of the Air Force but almost the entire fleet of the Indian Airlines and non-scheduled operators. He was also instrumental in arranging compilation of navigation data for airfields and the revision of aeronautical charts. During his tenure as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Air Command, he has made marked improvement in the operational potential of the fighting elements of the Command. As Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command, since 1st April 1968, he has shown a great deal of energy and initiative in meeting the maintenance and supply requirements of the operational commands.

Unit : MC
Reference : GoI19690126
Padma Bhushan
Air MarshalHari Chand Dewan1598 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : EAC
Unit : EAC
Reference :

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
18 Dec 1944Hurricane IICLD408Flt Lt H C Dewan
151OTUPort uc leg collapse

Additional Notes

Remarks: Bharat Defence Kavach Note added: 2011-11-18

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