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Air Marshal Gian Dev Sharma

Service No & Branch 1742 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 04 Nov 1922 Commissioned: 10 Nov 1941 Course: 9 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 1978 Superannuated Died on 14 Jun 2020 (98 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 05 Apr 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 01 Apr 1950Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1958
Acting Gp Capt : 15 Jun 1962Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1964Acting Air Cmde : 13 Aug 1966Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1968
Acting AVM : 06 Mar 1972AVM : 12 Jan 1973Air Marshal : 12 Jan 1975C-in-C : 09 Apr 1973
Training and Other Courses Attended
7 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1967
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

10 Nov 1941 - Acting Plt OffrNo.1 Service Flying Training School (India)Ambala Trainee Pilot
01 Mar 1943 - Plt OffrNo.8 SquadronPeshawar Squadron Pilot
13 Dec 1945 - 20 Jul 1946Fg OffrNo.10 Squadron Squadron Pilot
21 Jul 1946 - Fg OffrIndian Air Training Corps BenarasBenaras 
17 Nov 1955 - 02 Nov 1957Wg CdrIndian Air Force Selection BoardDehradun President
01 Jul 1958 - 15 Apr 1960Wg CdrNo.12 SquadronAgra Commanding Officer
06 Apr 1960 - Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
15 Jun 1962 - 15 Dec 1963Gp CaptAir Force Administrative CollegeCoimbatore Commandant
06 Jan 1964 - 06 May 1965Gp CaptAFS JalahalliBengaluru Station Commander
07 May 1965 - 06 Aug 1966Gp Capt1 WingSrinagar Station Commander
12 Aug 1966 - 10 Jan 1967Air CmdeJammu & KashmirUdhampur Air Officer Commanding
04 Jan 1968 - 22 Nov 1969Air CmdeMaintenance CommandNagpur Senior Air & Administration Staff Officer
23 Nov 1969 - 14 Jul 1971Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Transport Operations
15 Jul 1971 - 05 Mar 1972Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops, Trans & Ma
06 Mar 1972 - 03 Apr 1973AVMMaritime Air OperationsBombay Air Officer Commanding
09 Apr 1973 - 29 Jun 1974AVMTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Jul 1974 - 21 Jan 1977Air MarshalPSO: Administration, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Administration
01 Feb 1977 - 31 Dec 1978Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeGian Dev Sharma1742 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Air Commodore Gian Dev Sharma (1742) was commissioned in Flying (Pilot) of the Indian Air Force in November 1941. During his long service, he has held a variety of important flying and staff appointments. In all these appointments, he has left a mark of his personal efficiency and devotion to service. At present, he is holding the appointment of Director of Operations (Transport and Maritime) at Air Headquarters.

In his present appointment, Air Commodore Sharma is responsible for planning and executing the transport and maritime operations in the IAF. In the recent conflict with Pakistan, he was called upon to plan the entire transport operations including the historic airborne operations in the Eastern Sector. Maritime operational plans had also been drawn up for the efficient conduct of the war. All this had to be done with speed and determination. Air Commodore Sharma worked with zeal and selfless devotion to duty, with complete disregard for personal comforts, and organized the transport and maritime operations so effectively that the true strength and the power of the Indian Air Force could be felt in battle.

Air Commodore Gian Dev Sharma has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19720126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalGian Dev Sharma1742 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1977Announced 26 Jan 1977
Details : Citation not available.
Unit :
Reference : GoI19770126
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