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Air Marshal Minoo Merwan Engineer

Service No & Branch 1614 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 01 Jan 1921 Commissioned: 01 Aug 1940 Course: 4 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1973 Superannuated Died on 16 Jul 1992 (71 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Feb 1942Acting Flt Lt : 01 Oct 1943Sqn Ldr : 01 Sep 1947Wg Cdr : 15 Aug 1948
Acting Gp Capt : 11 May 1950Gp Capt : 01 Sep 1953Acting Air Cmde : 02 May 1959Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1963
Acting AVM : 05 Aug 1963AVM : 01 Apr 1966Air Marshal : 01 Apr 1968C-in-C : 05 Aug 1963
Training and Other Courses Attended
1 NDC (Air Cmde) - 31 Mar 1961
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 Aug 1940 - 30 Nov 1940Acting Plt OffrInitial Training School (Officers)Lahore Trainee Pilot
01 Dec 1940 - 21 May 1941Acting Plt OffrNo.1 Flying Training School (India)Ambala Trainee Pilot
03 Jun 1941 - Plt OffrNo.3 Flight (Coastal Defence)Calcutta 
02 Jun 1942 - 30 Nov 1942Fg OffrNo.2 Flight (Coastal Defence)Juhu Squadron Pilot
01 Dec 1942 - Fg OffrNo.6 Squadron Squadron Pilot
23 Dec 1943 - 28 Aug 1945Flt LtNo.3 SquadronBairagarh Flight Commander B Flt. fm AFTU
28 Aug 1945 - Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
24 Nov 1945 - 24 Oct 1946Sqn LdrNo.8 SquadronMingaladon/ Trichino Commanding Officer
01 Nov 1946 - 27 May 1947Sqn LdrNo.4 SquadronMiho, Japan Commanding Officer
28 May 1947 - Wg CdrRIAF DepotArkonam Commanding Officer
10 Mar 1948 - 14 Sep 1948Wg Cdr1 WingJammu Station Commander
15 Sep 1948 - 20 Oct 1948Wg CdrNo 1 Operational Group (WAC)Delhi Air-I
20 Oct 1948 - Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Wg Cdr (Operations)
- Gp CaptTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
01 May 1949 - Gp CaptRoyal Air Force Staff CollegeAndover, UK Staff Course
01 Oct 1954 - 21 Jan 1955Gp Capt2 Air Task ForceMumbai Commanding Officer
23 Oct 1954 - 27 Apr 1959Gp Capt2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Station Commander
22 Jan 1955 - 31 Mar 1957Gp Capt2 Tactical Air Support GroupMumbai/ Pune Commanding Officer
01 Apr 1957 - 01 Jan 1960Gp Capt2 Tactical Air CenterPune Commanding Officer
- Air CmdeEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
15 Apr 1959 - 24 Apr 1960Air CmdeOperational CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
08 Oct 1962 - 11 Dec 1962Air CmdeNo 1 Operational Group (Tezpur)Tezpur Air Officer Commanding
05 Aug 1963 - 30 Sep 1964AVMEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Oct 1964 - 29 Feb 1968AVMPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
01 Mar 1968 - 04 Aug 1969Air MarshalPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
06 Aug 1969 - 31 Mar 1973Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Distinguished Flying Cross
Flt LtĀ Ā Minoo Merwan Engineer1614 GD(P)Award Date Announced 02 Oct 1945
Details : During World War II , Flight Lieutnant Minoo Merwan Engineer, while serving with No.3 (RIAF) Squadron had a long period of operational flying. As a Flight Commander, he led many successful attacks in support of the Army, most of the time bombing and strafing in difficult country within a few hundred yards of our own troops. At all times he set an outstanding example of leadership and devotion to duty which played a large role in mainitaing a high standard of morale prevailing in his flight and Squadron. He has a total of 505 hours and 25 minutes of operational flying. For the above acts of gallantry he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin 1829.: This officer has a very fine operational record and has participated in attacks against many heavily defended targets. He has also participated in operations in support of the Army. At all times he has shown outstanding ability and skill in leading his flight and steadfast devotion to duty.

Unit : 3 Squadron
Reference : London Gazette 37291 dated 2 Oct 1945, Page 4859 Citation in Air Ministry Bulletin 19829. (Citation Courtesy: Hugh Halliday)
Maha Vir Chakra
Wg CdrMinoo Merwan Engineer1614 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1950Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Wing Commander Minoo Merwan Engineer was commissioned as General Duties (Pilot) in the Royal Indian Air Force on 1 August 1940. He was an experienced pilot flying Hurricane fighters in World War II for which he was awarded the DFC in 1945.

During Jammu & Kashmir Operations 1947-48, Wing Commander Engineer actively participated in air activity in Kashmir for nearly a year. Under his able guidance the enemy was hit hard on a number of occasions at Kishanganga Bridge, Skardu and Gilgit. During the capture of Gurais the Air Force extended very effective support to the land forces. This was largely due to the drive and initiative shown by Wing Commander Engineer in planning and directing the air operations.

Wing Commander Engineer was awarded the Mahavir Chakra for exceptional gallantry and leadership.

Unit : 1 Wing
Reference : Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Notification No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMMinoo Merwan Engineer1614 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1964Announced 26 Jan 1964
Details :

Air Vice Marshal (then Air Commodore) Minoo Merwan Engineer, MVC, DFC, was posted as AOC to No. 1 Group, which was responsible for operations in NEFA. During the Chinese aggression in Autumn last year, the operational commitments in the area assumed considerable proportions without any increase in the resources available to No. 1 Group. Air Vice Marshal Engineer, a veteran operational commander, faced the heavy task with his usual calm and determination, and personally planned most of the logistic support operations with considerable success.

The helicopter operations in NEFA were also controlled by Air Vice Marshal Engineer in order to achieve maximum utilization of the few helicopters then at his disposal. To infuse full confidence among his pilots in landing at difficult helipads at heights like Tsanghdar (16000 ft), he flew in the first helicopter to land there and organized the evacuation of casualties from that difficult helipad. On another occasion, he remained at our outpost at Walong till the last moment and flew out only when the landing ground was being shelled by the enemy. These operational missions were beyond the call of his normal duties but in carrying them out , he set a fine example at all times for his officers and men to emulate.

The task allotted to the Air Force in NEFA during the Chinese aggression, were carried out with determination and confidence and this was, in large measure, due to the leadership and unflagging zeal displayed by Air Vice Marshal Engineer. By his devotion to duty and sound organizing ability, he has rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit : EAC
Reference : GoI19640126
Padma Bhushan
Air MarshalMinoo Merwan Engineer1614 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : WAC
Unit : WAC
Reference :
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