Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Group Captain Michael Patrick Owen Blake

Service No & Branch 2630 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 20 Mar 1923 Commissioned: 27 Sep 1943 Course: 18 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Jun 1966 Voluntary Retirement Died on 09 Jun 2012 (89 Years age) Nick Name : Mickey
Qualifications Held :
Remarks : 8Sqn (48)
Promotions Gazetted
Plt Offr : 27 Mar 1944Fg Offr : 27 Sep 1944Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 01 Oct 1954
Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1962Acting Gp Capt : 15 Jan 1964
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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

30 Aug 1944 - Fg OffrNo.3 SquadronKohat Squadron Pilot
- 01 Dec 1948Flt LtNo.8 Squadron Flight Commander
09 Jan 1952 - Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi AD (Ops IV)
01 Sep 1953 - 20 Oct 1956Sqn LdrNo.7 SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
16 Aug 1956 - Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
05 Jul 1958 - 31 Dec 1961Wg CdrArmament Training WingJamnagar Chief Instructor
- 01 Dec 1965Gp CaptEastern Air CommandShillong Air-I
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Flt LtMichael Patrick Owen Blake2630 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Flight Lieutenant (Now Wing Commander) Michael Patrick Owen Blake (2630) set a high standard of flying in Jammu and Kashmir Operations as a Flight Commander. Being the first to volunteer for operations in Kashmir, he led the first attack in SKARDU area, flying over difficult and dangerous country.

The officer rendered valuable service in the defence of Poonch. He during critical days in Poonch, gave support to our besieged garrison there and was often responsible for neutralizing enemy strongholds in that vicinity. In almost all of these attacks, he achieved results by pressing home the attacks on the enemy at great personal risks. By his fine example he inspired confidence in other pilots of the Squadron.

For his outstanding leadership as a Flight Commander in Jammu and Kashmir Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Unit : 8 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , Extraordinary, No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
09 Apr 1944HurricaneAG252Plt Offr Blake
151OTUCr L after failing t

Articles from Main Site

Hurricane Tales by Gp Capt M P O Blake -

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