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Air Commodore John Dunbar Aquino

Service No & Branch 1777 F(P)
Date of Birth: 02 Jul 1920 Commissioned: 15 Dec 1941 Course: 10 Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Jun 1972 Voluntary Retirement Died on 31 Dec 1976 (56 Years age)
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 05 Apr 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1955Acting Gp Capt : 15 Feb 1962
Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1964Acting Air Cmde : 21 Sep 1967Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1968
Training and Other Courses Attended
10 DSSC (Wg Cdr) - 14 Aug 19573 NDC (Gp Capt) - 30 Apr 1963
Badges Qualified
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Air Cmde
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

24 Jul 1942 - 30 Nov 1942Plt OffrNo.4 Flight (Coastal Defence)Vizag to 151 OTU
02 Mar 1943 - 21 Nov 1945Plt OffrNo.6 Squadron Squadron Pilot To IAFDF
21 Nov 1945 - 15 Apr 1946Plt OffrIndian Air Force Display FlightKohat Squadron Pilot Fm 6Sqn to 6Sqn
15 Apr 1946 - 29 Jul 1946Fg OffrNo.6 Squadron Fm IAFDF to AirHQ
01 Jun 1947 - 12 Aug 1947Flt LtNo.6 SquadronMauripur 
22 May 1948 - 01 Dec 1948Wg CdrNo.12 SquadronAgra Commanding Officer
28 Jul 1952 - 18 Jan 1955Wg CdrNo.6 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
- Gp Capt14 WingChabua Station Commander
01 Dec 1964 - 28 Feb 1965Gp Capt501 Signal UnitBarnala Station Commander
08 Mar 1965 - 27 Sep 1967Gp CaptNo.1 Transport Training WingSecunderabad Station Commander
30 Apr 1968 - 01 Mar 1970Air CmdeAir Force Flying CollegeJodhpur Commandant
08 Mar 1970 - 28 Jun 1972Air CmdeAir Force AcademyDundigal Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Mention in Despatches
Sqn LdrJohn Dunbar Aquino1777 GD(P)Award Date Announced 13 Jan 1951
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : 12 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 17th February 1951 - No.2 - Pres dated 13th February 1951
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeJohn Dunbar Aquino1777 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1973Announced 26 Jan 1973
Details :

Air Commodore John Dunbar Aquino (1777) was commissioned as a Pilot in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force in December, 1941. In 1945, he was commended for his valuable services in the Air Force and later Mentioned­in­Despatches for his gallantry during the Indo- Pakistan conflict of 1947.

During his long and distinguished career he had the distinction of commanding five stations in addition to having served as Senior Officer-in-charge Administration of an Operational Command. In March, 1970, Air Commodore Aquino took over as the first Commandant of the Air Force Academy which was then in its early stages of formation. He displayed great perseverance and determination in ensuring the successful launching of this prestigious project despite heavy odds. It was because of his indefatigable efforts and tenacity of purpose that the Academy was able to start Flying Training In January, 1971.

Throughout his career, Air Commodore John Dunbar Aquino has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19730126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
26 Oct 1945Hurricane IICKZ859Fg Offr J D Acquino
6 Sqn0.5m N of Baliakeri
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