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Air Commodore Harcharan Singh Bakshi

Service No & Branch 2083 ADM (Orig: BALL)
Date of Birth: 03 Mar 1917 Commissioned: 21 Oct 1942 Course:
Service End: Retired on 02 Mar 1972 Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 02 Jul 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 15 Aug 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1959
Acting Gp Capt : 12 Jan 1966Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1967Acting Air Cmde : 22 Apr 1970Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1971
Training and Other Courses Attended
5 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Apr 1952
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Sqn Ldr
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

- 23 Mar 1945Plt Offr978 Balloon Squadron RAFCalcutta To 221 Gp on disbandment
20 Oct 1942 - 22 Oct 1942Plt Offr978 Balloon Squadron RAFCalcutta Perm Attch to IAF from IA - To 979
- 05 Jan 1958Sqn LdrHQ TCDelhi 
06 Jan 1958 - 07 Nov 1958Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
10 Aug 1966 - 21 Jan 1969Gp CaptAir Force Records OfficeNew Delhi Commanding Officer
01 Dec 1971 - Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Works
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeHarcharan Singh Bakshi2083 ADMAward Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Air Commodore Harcharan Singh Bakshi was commissioned in the Administrative Branch of the Air Force in October, 1942. He saw active service during the Second World War in Ceylon and Burma and has held with distinction many Staff appointments connected with personnel as well as general administration. During the recent conflict with Pakistan he was Director of Air Force Works at Air Headquarters in which capacity he was responsible for providing adequate defence works for protection of aircraft and vital installations, for ensuring uninterrupted power supply for operational installations and for setting up of emergency repair organisations at forward airfields. A number of second tier airfields had also to be developed for operational use at short notice, which necessitated provision of works services such as power supply, blast pens and bulk petrol installations. By his timely rearrangement of priorities in the Works Plan, it was possible for all these operational tasks to be accomplished in time. The organisation set up for the emergency repair of airfields functioned smoothly at all forward Wings and the airfields remained operational throughput the hostilities despite persistent attacks on them by the enemy. He kept himself informed of the damage done by enemy attacks to airfields and ensured timely augmentation of resources, wherever necessary.

Throughout the operations, Air Commodore Harcharan Singh Bakshi rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19720126
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