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Air Vice Marshal Harkrishan Lal Kapur

Service No & Branch 2165 ADM (Orig: A&SD)
Date of Birth: 10 Dec 1923 Commissioned: 11 Jan 1943 Course:
Service End: Retired on 30 Jun 1979 Died on 14 Feb 2020 (97 Years age) Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 11 Jan 1944Flt Lt : 12 Jan 1949Sqn Ldr : 11 Jan 1956Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1965
Acting Gp Capt : 01 Aug 1968Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1972Acting Air Cmde : 01 Jun 1972Acting AVM : 20 May 1978
AVM : 20 May 1978
Training and Other Courses Attended
13 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 20 Aug 1960
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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

03 Jun 1943 - 28 Feb 1945Plt Offr2CMPAlipore To 1RTC
- 12 Oct 1959Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
- 23 Dec 1960Sqn LdrMaintenance CommandNagpur 
- 01 Dec 1955Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Staff Officer to Deputy Chief of Air Staff
24 Dec 1960 - Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
01 Aug 1968 - 31 May 1972Gp CaptAir Head QuartersNew Delhi Judge Advocate General (Air)
01 Jun 1972 - 19 May 1978Air CmdeAir Head QuartersNew Delhi Judge Advocate General (Air)
20 May 1978 - 30 Jun 1979AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeHarkrishan Lal Kapur2165 A&SDAward Date 26 Jan 1974Announced 26 Jan 1974
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Air Commodore Harkrishan Lal Kapoor (2165) Administrative was commissioned in the Administrative Branch of the Indian Air Force in January, 1943. Early in his career he passed the physical Fitness Course and served with distinction as physical Fitness Officer at various units, a Group Headquarters and Headquarters Training Command. He has successfully undergone the Defence Services Staff College Course and the Judge Advocate General (Air) Course. He served with great distinction as Aide­de­camp to the Chief of the Air Staff from December, 1960 to May, 1963 and as Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff from May, 1963 to August, 1967. He was appointed Judge Advocate General (Air) at Air Headquarters in June, 1970.

Air Commodore Kapoor has re­organised the Legal Branch of the Air Force and streamlined various legal procedures with vigour, drive and imagination. This has resulted in speedy and efficient finalization of legal and disciplinary cases at all units and formations. He is also the Chairman of the Air Force Sports Control Board, in which capacity, he has organised various sports championships most successfully and has been responsible for raising the sports standards. It is a tribute to his foresight, drive, determination and boundless energy that he has been able to discharge his duties in a most able and competent manner and has achieved outstanding success in all fields of his activities.

Air Commodore Harkrishan Lal Kapoor has displayed consistent loyalty, dedication, dynamism, extreme industry and steadfastness in the performance of duty in the highest traditions of the Indian Air Force. He has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19740126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMHarkrishan Lal Kapur2165 ADMAward Date 26 Jan 1979Announced 26 Jan 1979
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Air Vice Marshal Harkrishan Lal Kapoor was commissioned in the Administrative branch of the Indian Air Force in January, 1943. He has since held a wide variety of assignments. He has the distinction of holding the post of Staff Officer to the Chief of Air Staff for 8 years. His contribution towards re-organisation and expansion of the Air Force, operational preparedness, manpower utilisation and personnel policies of the Air Force has been of a high order. As Judge Advocate General of the Air Force, he streamlined, with a systematic approach, the legal procedures for timely dispensation of justice. His keen interest in and long association with sports, won many laurels for the IAF and the Services in the national and international fields. Having distinguished himself as Chairman of Air Force Sports Control Board, he is now the President of Services Sports Control Board, Vice President of the Indian Olympic Association and President of the Hand-Ball Federation of India.

Air Vice Marshal Harkishan Lal Kapoor has thus tendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19790126
Padma Sree
AVMHarkrishan Lal Kapur2165 ADMAward Date 26 Jan 1983Announced 26 Jan 1983
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Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
11 Apr 1946Spitfire XIVeTZ167Plt Offr C Shortlands
1SFTSengine failed, crash

Additional Notes

Remarks: Note Note added: 2020-02-22
AVM Kapur was born at Rohtak on December 10, 1923, where his father the Late Rai Bahadur Dr. Ram Chand Kapur was the civil surgeon. After graduating from Forman Christian College, Lahore in 1942 he joined the Indian Air Force. He was promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal in 1978. He retired from the service after 37 years of meritorious service and for services of an exceptionally high order rendered to the nation and the Air Force was awarded “ATI VISHIST SEVA MEDAL” in 1974 and “PARAM VISHIST SEVA MEDAL” in 1979.For the Asian Games held at Delhi in November – December, 1982 he was appointed Chief Administrator of the Asian Games Village Complex, established to look after the needs and comforts of over 5000 sportsmen and officials. For the efficient and blemish free performance of the important and demanding duties assigned to him, he was awarded “PADMASHREE” in 1983. In early part of 1983 he was also given the responsibility by the then Prime Minister of looking after the delegates from the various countries to attend the NAM and CHOGAM in Delhi.

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