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Air Marshal Trilok Nath Ghadiok

Service No & Branch 2354 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 16 Dec 1923 Commissioned: 29 Mar 1943 Course: 16 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 1979 Superannuated Died on 20 Mar 2011 (88 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 29 Mar 1944Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 01 Apr 1953Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1961
Acting Gp Capt : 12 Jul 1963Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1965Acting Air Cmde : 04 Jan 1968Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1968
AVM : 01 Oct 1974Acting Air Marshal : 08 Jan 1977Air Marshal : 01 Apr 1977
Training and Other Courses Attended
6 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 30 Jun 19536 NDC (Gp Capt) - 01 Dec 1966
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

03 Sep 1944 - 31 Jan 1947Fg OffrNo.4 SquadronCox Bazar Squadron Pilot
- 01 Dec 1948Flt LtNo.12 Squadron Flight Commander
01 Feb 1947 - Flt LtNo.4 SquadronMiho Flight Commander B Flt
- 06 Jun 1956Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
15 Jun 1956 - 15 Jul 1958Wg CdrAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
13 Oct 1958 - 30 Mar 1961Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
31 Mar 1961 - 17 Dec 1962Wg CdrNo.44 SquadronChandigarh Commanding Officer
18 Dec 1962 - 11 Jan 1966Gp Capt12 WingChandigarh Station Commander
24 Aug 1966 - 25 Nov 1967Gp CaptDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
04 Jan 1968 - 01 Jan 1970Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Personnel Officers
01 Jan 1970 - 01 Sep 1973Air CmdeEmbassy of India, RussiaMoscow Air Attache
20 May 1973 - 16 Sep 1973Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Personnel Officers
17 Sep 1973 - 29 Dec 1976AVMEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Feb 1977 - 01 Dec 1978Air MarshalNational Defence CollegeDelhi Commandant
01 Apr 1980 - AirHQ Communications Squadron Commodore Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vir Chakra
Flt LtTrilok Nath Ghadiok2354 GD(P)Award Date 15 Feb 1949Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Flight Lieutenant TRILOK NATH GHADIOK (2354), (Now Wing Commander) whilst acting as a Flight Commander in a transport supplyl Squadron in Jammu and Kashmir, showed at all times the highest qualities of leadership and therby set a fine example to other officers and airmen in his flight to follow. The Officer carried out many supply dropping sorties to Uri and later to Tithwal under difficult flying conditions, which earned special praise for him. On one of his sorties, even though his aircraft was repeatedly hit by enemy fire, he sucessfully completed his mission with his characteristic calmness and determination. When Transport supply had to be undertaken to reinforce Leh, this officer operated as a Captain on this hazardous route regularly.

For the outstanding services rendered by him during the Kashmir operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Unit : 12 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , Extraordinary, No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptTrilok Nath Ghadiok2354 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1966Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details :

In December, 1962, Group Captain Trilok Nath Ghadiok assumed command of a transport wing mainly responsible for the air supply of J&K area including Leh. He set to work with commendable energy and perseverance in the face of numerous difficulties and soon brought the Wing to a high standard of efficiency in the air and on the ground. A pilot of outstanding ability, he has led a number of supply missions to forward areas, setting a very fine example to the experienced aircrew while training juniors. By energizing his men with unremitting care to the utmost effect, he ensured a high rate of aircraft serviceability. By infusing enthusiasm among his officers and men for operational efficiency, he brought the Wing to a high level of cohesive unit and combat-effectiveness. His unflagging zeal, helpful sprit, understanding and integrity have earned him excellent interservice support and co­operation and so this Wing has accomplished its large and varying task with unqualified success. The tonnage of supplies and equipment airlifted by this Wing between December, 1962 and May 1965 reached the admirable figure of over 73,000 tonnes.

By his devotion to duty and outstanding, effort, Group Captain Ghadiok has rendered service of an exceptional order.

Unit : AFS Chandigarh
Reference : GoI19660126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalTrilok Nath Ghadiok2354 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1978Announced 26 Jan 1978
Details :

Air Marshal Trilok Nath Ghadiok was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Indian Air Force in March, 1943. He saw action in the J & K Operation 1947 when as a Flight Commander of a transport support Squadron, his courage and valour won him a Vir Chakra. Later, he distinguished himself as Commander of a transport base responsible for air maintenance in the Jammu and Kashmir and Leh area. His personal example, perseverance, meticulous planning and unity of purpose led to better interServices relationship and enabled the Wing to accomplish its task with unqualified success.

In his long Service career, he competently held many staff appointments of Command of Wings, Senior Air Staff Officer of an operational command, Chief Instructor of the Defence Services Staff College and Director of Personnel at Air Headquarters. During January 1970 to September 1973, he was the Air Attaché in our Embassy in Moscow, where he acquitted himself creditably. A graduate of the National Defence College, he is today its Commandant.

Air Marshal Trilok Nath Ghadiok has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit : NDC
Reference : GoI19780126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
01 Apr 1945Hurricane IICLE740Fg Offr T N Ghadiok
4 SqnFL in friendly terri
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