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Air Vice Marshal Charandas Gurudas Devashar

Service No & Branch 1867 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 05 Apr 1942 Course: 12 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1976 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
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 : 20 Jun 1960Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1963Acting Air Cmde : 27 Dec 1965
Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1967Acting AVM : 12 Oct 1970AVM : 01 Apr 1972
Training and Other Courses Attended
4 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Apr 19515 NDC (Gp Capt) - 01 Dec 1965
Badges Qualified
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Plt Offr

Gp Capt
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

05 Apr 1942 - Acting Plt OffrNo.1 Service Flying Training School (India)Ambala Trainee Pilot
01 Oct 1942 - 03 Feb 1943Plt OffrNo.1 Armament Training UnitBairagarh 
07 Feb 1943 - Plt OffrNo.3 Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation FlightDum Dum 
03 Sep 1944 - 30 Aug 1945Fg OffrNo.9 Squadron Squadron Pilot Fm UK 1AGS
01 Aug 1945 - 12 Jul 1946Fg OffrNo.4 SquadronYelahanka Squadron Pilot
16 Sep 1946 - 09 Sep 1947Flt LtNo.8 SquadronKolar Flight Commander B Flt
10 May 1949 - 03 Jul 1950Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
09 Jan 1952 - Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi AD (Ops III)
09 Aug 1953 - 14 Apr 1957Wg CdrConversion Training UnitHakimpet Chief Instructor
20 Jun 1960 - 25 Jul 1962Gp CaptOperational CommandDelhi Air-I
25 Jul 1962 - 07 Jan 1965Gp Capt7 WingAmbala Commanding Officer
14 Sep 1965 - 14 Oct 1966Air Cmde1 Air Defence AreaAmbala Air Officer Commanding
15 Oct 1966 - 20 Nov 1967Air Cmde1 Air Defence Control CentreAmbala Air Officer Commanding
02 Nov 1967 - 31 Mar 1968Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
02 Apr 1968 - 27 Jan 1969Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-I
12 Jun 1970 - 11 Oct 1970Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Offensive Operations
21 Sep 1970 - 06 Jun 1971Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops, Joint Plg)
- AVMAir Operations, Air HQDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations
15 Jul 1971 - 16 Sep 1973AVMEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
17 Sep 1973 - 28 Feb 1974AVMJammu & KashmirUdhampur Air Officer Commanding
05 Mar 1974 - 15 Feb 1976AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMCharandas Gurudas Devashar1867 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1968Announced 26 Jan 1968
Details :

Air Commodore Charandas Gurudas Devasher was commissioned in 1942. He attended a Junior Commanders' Course at No. 1 Ground Training School and also a Staff Course at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington in 1950-51. He assumed the Command of an Air Defence Control Centre at a critical time during the IndiaƂĀ­Pakistan conflict of 1965. Under his able guidance the Air Defence proved a well balanced force. After the cessation of hostilities, he with foresight, imagination, administrative and operational guidance, consolidated the Air Defence structure in the area under his Command. He made use of the available resources to the maximum and with utmost economy to meet the requirements of air defence.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19680126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMCharandas Gurudas Devashar1867 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : AIR VICE MARSHAL CHARANDAS GURUDAS DEVASHER, (1867) F (P) : Air Vice Marshal Devasher took over his appointment [SASO, EAC HQ] at a time when the Command itself was undergoing a process of reorganisation and the relations with Pakistan were becoming strained. He was responsible for reformulating the Command's war plans, making them bold in concept, yet simple to execute. These plans were put into action on the morning of 4th, December 1971 when our Armed Force went into action to liberate Bangia Desh. So effective were the plans that, within a few hours, the Indian Air Force had achieved total supremacy in the skies of Bangia Desh. During the period of the war in Bangia Desh) from 4th to 16th December, 1971, he controlled and co-ordinated all air activity in that sector, including para, transport and helicopter operations. The success of these opera- tions owed much to his aggressive spirit, knowledge of the use of air .power and ability to change tactics to suit the situation. On the night of 11th December, 1971, on receipt of an intercepted enemy message, he concluded that the Pakistanis had been able to build an emergency air strip in the neighbourhood of Dacca, and would attempt to land transport aircraft on it. Accordingly, he ordered night patrols by fighter aircraft over Dacca. As deduced by him, an emergency air strip was spotted at Narsingdi and put out of action, thus preventing the clandestine entry and exit of war material and personnel from Bangia Desh by air. Through- out his career in the Air Force, and especially during the recent war with Pakistan, Air Vice Marshal Devasher rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
Unit : EAC
Reference : GoI19720126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
10 Jun 1942Audax (India)K7484Plt Offr C G Devasher
1SFTSOverturned in FL in
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