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Air Commodore Arjan Singh Mangharam Bhawnani

Service No & Branch 1868 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 05 Oct 1921 Commissioned: 05 Apr 1942 Course: 12 Course
Service End: Retired on 01 Oct 1973 Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Plt Offr : 05 Oct 1942Fg Offr : 05 Apr 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 01 May 1950
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1959Acting Gp Capt : 13 Aug 1962Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1964Acting Air Cmde : 25 Nov 1967
Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1968
Training and Other Courses Attended
13 DSSC (Wg Cdr) - 20 Aug 19609 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1969
Badges Qualified
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Plt Offr

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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
27 May 1944 - 01 May 1946Plt OffrNo.3 SquadronKohat Squadron Pilot To AirHQ
01 Mar 1953 - 30 Apr 1955Sqn LdrJammu Dett, 1 WingJammu Officer Commanding
01 Jun 1955 - 28 Feb 1956Wg Cdr15 NCC Circle (Pepsu)Patiala Commander
23 Jan 1956 - 16 Jun 1958Wg CdrMaintenance CommandKanpur Senior Air & Administration Staff Officer
14 Jun 1958 - 04 Oct 1959Wg Cdr8 WingAdampur Station Commander
29 Oct 1962 - Gp Capt11 WingTezpur Station Commander
01 Aug 1963 - 31 Jan 1965Gp Capt5 Tactical Air CenterTezpur Commanding Officer
01 Jul 1966 - 21 Nov 1967Gp CaptNo 1. Jet Training WingHakimpet Commanding Officer
25 Nov 1967 - 21 Nov 1969Air Cmde2 Air Defence AreaBarrackpore Air Officer Commanding
22 Nov 1969 - 01 Oct 1973Air CmdeMaintenance CommandKanpur Senior Air & Administration Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeArjan Singh Mangharam Bhawnani1868 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Air Commodore Arjan Singh Mangharam Bhawnani (1868) was commissioned as a pilot in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force in April 1942. He served with distinction as Chief of Fighter Operations in the Congo from August 1961 to August 1962 and subsequently commanded an operational station in the Eastern Sector. He was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff for his work during the Chinese aggression. Later, Air Commodore Bhawnani commanded a Tactical Air Centre, a Jet Training Wing and an Air Defence Area Headquarters.

Air Commodore Bhawnani is at present the Senior Air and Administrative Staff Officer at a Command Headquarters. During his tenure, a major reorganization of the Command took place which necessitated the closing down of a number of units and the forming of new units. Stock transfers of considerable magnitude had to be completed without disrupting supply. The Command was faced with many administrative, accounting and personnel problems. These problems were further accentuated by the geographical vastness of the Command with units located in all parts of the country. With painstaking effort, initiative and exceptional devotion to duty, Air Commodore Bhawnani has successfully tackled these complex tasks.

Air Commodore Arjan Singh Mangharam Bhawnani has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19720126

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
13 Jul 1944Hurricane IICLE346Fg Offr A S M Bhavnani
3 SqnReturning from Canwp
02 Dec 1944Hurricane IICLD694Fg Offr A S M Bhavnani
3 Sqnlost way from Delhi
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