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Wing Commander Anil Kumar Murgai

Service No & Branch 16212 F(P)
Date of Birth: 03 Apr 1959 Commissioned: 13 Dec 1980 Course: 126 Course
Service End: Died in Service 13 Jul 2000 (41 Years age) Aircraft Loss Nick Name :
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 13 Dec 1991Wg Cdr : 05 May 1997
Training and Other Courses Attended
57 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1979
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jun 1996 - 30 Mar 1997Sqn LdrSuryakiran Aerobatics Team Squadron Pilot
31 Mar 1997 - 30 May 1999Wg CdrSuryakiran Aerobatics Team Team Leader
23 Aug 1999 - 13 Jul 2000Wg CdrNo.8 SquadronBagdogra Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrAnil Kumar Murgai16212 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1999
Details :

Wing Commander Anil Kumar Murgai (16212) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a pilot in the flying branch on 13 December 80. He is an A-2 QFI, who also stood first in No. 16 IR1E course. He is an alumni of the Defence Services Staff College. The officer was posted to AF Stn Bidar on 09 May 96 as the Suryakiran aerobatic team deputy leader. Being an ex-Thunderbolts' pilot his guidance to the inexperienced pilots of the team was invaluable. It was due to his hard work, initiative and devotion to duty, that the team could build up to 7 ac status within a short time.

He was reposted to Bidar in March 97 as the team leader. With characteristic initiative and drive he harnessed the limited resources under him. It is to his credit that changes in the pilots of the 'Suryakiran' did not affect the performance of the team. In the golden jubilee year of India's Independence, the team was tasked to perform at short intervals at variety of venues all over the country. This entailed extensive practice, meticulous planning and execution. Each of these displays was greatly appreciated. A highlight was the historic formation acrobatic display over the Red Fort on 15 August 97.

Displaying total commitment and a very high degree of professionalism, Wing Commander Anil Kumar Murgai has believed in leading by personal example and leadership. Despite the very high risk involved and operating from different airfields, the team has had no incident/accident attributable to human error.

For exceptional professionalism and devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Anil Kumar Murgai.

Unit : Suryakiran
Reference : Gazette of India dated 29th May 1999 - No.91-Pres/99 dated 26th January 1999

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
13 Jul 2000MiG-21 UWg Cdr Anil Kumar Murgai +
Sqn Ldr Vinay Kumar Srivastava +
8 SqnKKD Cr Midnapore
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