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Air Marshal Devaiah Subia

Service No & Branch 1866 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 05 Apr 1942 Course: 12 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jul 1978 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Plt Offr : 05 Oct 1942Fg Offr : 05 Apr 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 15 Feb 1950
Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1955Acting Gp Capt : 15 Jun 1960Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1963Acting Air Cmde : 25 Sep 1965
Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1967Acting AVM : 10 Jun 1971AVM : 01 Apr 1972Acting Air Marshal : 27 Jun 1974
Air Marshal : 11 Jul 1974C-in-C : 20 May 1977
Training and Other Courses Attended
9 DSSC (Wg Cdr) - 11 Aug 1956
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

05 Apr 1942 - Acting Plt OffrNo.1 Service Flying Training School (India)Ambala Trainee Pilot
03 Sep 1944 - 07 Dec 1944Fg OffrNo.9 Squadron Squadron Pilot Fm UK 1AGS
11 Dec 1944 - 04 Feb 1946Fg OffrNo.8 SquadronAmarda Road Squadron Pilot
04 Feb 1946 - 01 Jul 1946Fg OffrNo.4 SquadronYelahanka Squadron Pilot
02 Jul 1946 - 31 Jan 1947Flt LtNo.4 SquadronMiho Flight Commander B Flt
01 Feb 1947 - Flt LtNo.4 SquadronMiho Adjutant
- 13 Jun 1952Sqn LdrHQ Opl CommandDelhi 
22 Jul 1949 - 16 Dec 1949Sqn LdrNo.7 SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
14 Jun 1952 - Sqn LdrJSW WingNDA Squadron Commander
- Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi DD Ops (F)
01 May 1959 - 04 Nov 1959Wg CdrNo 1 Operational Group (EAC)Calcutta Senior Air Staff Officer
05 Nov 1959 - 14 Apr 1960Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
15 Apr 1960 - Wg CdrOpl CommandDelhi 
15 Jun 1960 - 11 Jun 1961Gp Capt5 WingKalaikunda Station Commander
01 Sep 1961 - 27 Sep 1962Gp Capt12 NCC Circle (Andhra)Secunderabad Commander
28 Sep 1962 - 19 Jun 1963Gp CaptAFS HyderabadSecunderabad Station Commander
24 Jun 1963 - 06 Oct 1964Gp CaptNo 1. Jet Training WingHakimpet Commanding Officer
- Air CmdeHigh Commission of India, United KingdomLondon Air Advisor
- Air CmdeEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
01 Jan 1966 - 31 Dec 1966Air CmdeImperial Defence CollegeLondon, UK Staff Course
08 Jun 1971 - 30 Oct 1972AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Nov 1972 - 26 Jun 1974AVMNo 1 Operational Group (SWAC)Jodhpur Air Officer Commanding
11 Jun 1976 - No.23 Squadron Commodore Commandant
27 Jun 1974 - 31 Mar 1977Air MarshalPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
01 Apr 1977 - 19 May 1977Air MarshalPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
20 May 1977 - 31 Jul 1978Air MarshalMaintenance CommandNagpur Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrDevaiah Subia1866 GD(P)Award Date 20 Sep 1948Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Squadron Leader (Now Group Captain) Daviah Subia (1866) always showed great courage and fortitude whilst operating over the Jammu and Kashmir area. By example and excellent leadership, he inspired all his Squadron Pilots. All his sorties were marked fro pressing home the attack, despite all odds.

He flew over 70 sorties in a period of a month and a half, often operating under adverse conditions and from difficult airfields. It was partly due to this officer’s courageous and relentless attacks that the resistance of the enemy at Gurais broke down. The excellent air operations conducted by this officer largely contributed towards the successful capture of Gurais eventually by our land forces.

He proved himself to be an extremely capable leader and was thus a source of encouragement and inspiration to all his Squadron pilots.

For the outstanding services rendered by him during the Kashmir Operation, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Unit : 10 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , Extraordinary, No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMDevaiah Subia1866 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : AIR VICE MARSHAL DEVIAH SUBIA, Vr. C: Air Vice Marshal Subia took over his appointment [SASO, WAC HQ] only a few months prior to the outbreak of hostilities. He made a thorough study of the requirements of air operations in the Western Sector, paying full attention to the minutest detail of each aspect of air operations. He personally studied and analysed all operational procedure and ensured that there was no ambiguity in these instructions and that they were fully understood by all concerned. He worked for long hours to ensure that Squadrons/ Units were deployed as planned with maximum economy of effort and minimum inconvenience to the personnel involved. He planned the moves in such a manner that at all stages the Squadrons retained their full operational capability to counter- act any pre-emptive strike by the enemy. He displayed remarkable organising ability in establishing within a very short period, a chain of observation posts around our forward airfields for reporting low flying aircraft. Throughout the period of hostilities, he carefully co-ordinated all aspects of operations, especially the strike missions at night. These operations involved strike forces from another Command. It was primarily due to his careful planning and foresight that all missions were successfully completed without any mishaps. His cheerful disposition and self- confidence were inspiration to his staff at the Headquarters and to Commanders in the field. Through out his career, in peace and in war, Air Vice Marshal Subia rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
Unit : WAC
Reference : GoI19720126
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