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Air Chief Marshal Om Prakash Mehra

Service No & Branch 1639 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 19 Jan 1919 Commissioned: 30 Nov 1940 Course: 5 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 1976 Superannuated Died on 08 Nov 2015 (96 Years age) Nick Name : Omi
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 30 May 1942Acting Flt Lt : 01 Oct 1944Flt Lt : 20 Mar 1946Sqn Ldr : 25 Dec 1947
Wg Cdr : 15 Aug 1949Acting Gp Capt : 29 Jul 1950Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1954Acting Air Cmde : 23 Jan 1960
Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1963Acting AVM : 03 Oct 1963AVM : 01 Apr 1966Acting Air Marshal : 01 Mar 1968
Air Marshal : 01 Oct 1969C-in-C : 03 Aug 1963Air Chief Marshal : 16 Jan 1973
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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

- 30 Sep 1941Plt OffrNo.1 SquadronPeshawar Squadron Pilot
30 Nov 1940 - Acting Plt OffrInitial Training School (Officers)Lahore Trainee Pilot
05 Oct 1941 - 14 Jan 1945Plt OffrNo.3 SquadronKohat Squadron Pilot
15 Jan 1945 - 27 Dec 1945Flt LtNo.3 SquadronKohat Adjutant
28 Dec 1945 - 27 Mar 1946Sqn LdrNo.3 SquadronKohat Commanding Officer
02 Feb 1946 - 27 Mar 1946Sqn LdrRAF Station KolarKolar Commanding Officer
28 Mar 1946 - Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
01 Jan 1947 - 24 Sep 1947Sqn LdrAdvanced Flying School (India)Ambala Chief Ground Instructor
01 Sep 1947 - 11 Aug 1949Wg CdrElementary Flying Training SchoolJodhpur Commanding Officer
12 Aug 1949 - 28 Jul 1950Wg CdrNo.2 Air Force AcademyJodhpur Commanding Officer
29 Jul 1950 - 09 Aug 1953Gp Capt2 Ground Training SchoolTambaram Station Commander
10 Aug 1953 - 31 Aug 1954Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director Training
02 Sep 1954 - 24 May 1958Gp CaptOperational CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Jul 1958 - 09 Feb 1960Gp CaptArmament Training WingJamnagar Station Commander
23 Jan 1960 - 24 Nov 1960Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer in-charge Policy and Plans
01 Dec 1960 - 02 Aug 1963Air CmdeInstitute of Armament StuPune Dean
03 Aug 1963 - 17 Feb 1967AVMMaintenance CommandNagpur Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
18 Feb 1967 - 01 Dec 1967AVMPSO: Maintenance, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance
01 Jan 1968 - 06 Aug 1969Air MarshalPSO: Maintenance, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance
07 Aug 1969 - 28 Feb 1971Air MarshalPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
01 Mar 1971 - 15 Jan 1973Air MarshalHALBangalore Chairman
16 Jan 1973 - 31 Jan 1976Air Chief MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Chief of Air Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMOm Prakash Mehra1639 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1968Announced 26 Jan 1968
Details :

Air Vice Marshall Om Prakash Mehra (1639) GD (P) was Air Officer Commandingin-Chief, Maintenance Command for a period of over three years with effect from 3rd October, 1963. On relinquishment of Command he was appointed Air Officerin-Charge Maintenance with effect from 1st February 1967, where he continues.

During his tenure as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command, this Air Officer was able to improve the efficiency of that Command; he showed commendable initiative, energy and untiring zeal in pursuing various projects and ensuring their completion on schedule. There were many shortages in that Command during the period of his command but despite those, he was able to increase the output of overhauled engines and aircraft from the Base Repair Depots. In the Equipment Depots, he was able to introduce new ideas and improve their functioning. As a result, the efficiency of the Maintenance Command as a whole improved considerably during his assignment.

Since taking over the duties of Air Officerin-Charge Maintenance, Air Vice Marshal Mehra has not spared himself in making up the shortages which exist on the Maintenance side. Due to various factors there have been shortages of spares. There have also been many other difficulties in adhering to the programme set before us for servicing aircraft. These difficulties notwithstanding, he has with his characteristics drive and initiative set into motion various actions which area now beginning to produce good results.

Unit : MC
Reference : GoI19680126
Padma Vibhushan
Air Chief MarshOm Prakash Mehra1639 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1977Announced 26 Jan 1977
Details : CAS
Unit : Air HQ
Reference :

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
31 Jan 1942Audax (India)K4849Plt Offr O P Mehra
Sgt Murli Dhar
3 SqnCr on L at Miranshah
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