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Air Commodore Bal Bhagwan Marathe

Service No & Branch 1915 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 28 Jul 1921 Commissioned: 29 Jun 1942 Course: 13 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1972 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Plt Offr : 29 Dec 1942Fg Offr : 29 Jun 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 01 Aug 1950
Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1958Acting Gp Capt : 02 Jul 1962Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1964Acting Air Cmde : 10 Aug 1966
Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1968
Training and Other Courses Attended
5 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Apr 19528 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1968
Badges Qualified
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Plt Offr

Sqn Ldr

Gp Capt
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

13 Jan 1943 - 17 Mar 1943Plt OffrNo.2 Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation FlightDeolali Flying from ATU Bairagarh
01 Mar 1943 - 25 Dec 1944Plt OffrNo.8 SquadronPeshawar Squadron Pilot to RAFKohat
25 Dec 1944 - 18 Feb 1945Fg OffrRAF Station KohatKohat Fm 8Sqn for Hurri Conv to 151OTU
01 Sep 1945 - 24 May 1946Fg OffrNo.1 SquadronKohat Squadron Pilot
25 May 1946 - 17 Aug 1946Fg OffrNo.12 Squadron Squadron Pilot
01 Mar 1947 - 30 Mar 1947Flt LtNo.7 Squadron Attached VCP Duties
15 Aug 1947 - Flt LtAir Head QuartersDelhi F/L (Operations)
01 Aug 1957 - 30 Jun 1958Wg CdrNo.12 SquadronAgra Commanding Officer
16 Jul 1958 - 24 Jun 1962Wg CdrAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
12 Jan 1963 - 09 Aug 1966Gp Capt4 WingAgra Station Commander
01 Dec 1966 - 03 Jan 1968Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Personnel Officers
18 Jan 1969 - 21 Nov 1970Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director Training
02 Dec 1970 - 30 Aug 1972Air CmdeAFS JalahalliBengaluru Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptBal Bhagwan Marathe1915 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1966Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details :

Group Captain Bal Bhagwan Marathe has been in command of one of the major flying Air Force Stations unique for the number, variety and complexity of its lodger units. As the Station Commander, he was faced with enormous problems of timely completion of operation training of the jet bomber crews and transport crews of the Indian Air Force and the ab­initio and refresher training of the paratroops of the Indian Army.

Group Captain Marathe spared neither himself nor those placed under his command in a determined round­the­clock effort to raise the flying standard of the Wing to an exemplary level of operational efficiency in providing assistance to the units engaged in the logistic support in the J&K area including Ladakh. Faced with enormous problems of acute shortage of trained personnel and equipment, Group Captain Marathe with determination, and able leadership, brought up the operational readiness of the Wing and accomplished the difficult task of training operational aircrew to a high standard of efficiency.

Group Captain Marathe's skill and effort as a pilot, his leadership, administrative ability, energy, drive and devotion to duty have inspired his officers and men to an excellent professional standard, by which he has rendered services of an exceptional order.

Unit : AFS Agra
Reference : GoI19660126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
23 May 1945Hurricane IICBN399Plt Offr B B Marathey
151OTUHit by Spitfire MT70
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