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Air Commodore Anthony Ignatius Kenneth Suares

Service No & Branch 2773 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 30 Jan 1925 Commissioned: 20 Dec 1943 Course: 20 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 1974 Superannuated Died on 17 Jan 2002 (77 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks : UN Dett (61)
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 20 Dec 1944Flt Lt : 20 Dec 1948Sqn Ldr : 01 Apr 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1963
Acting Gp Capt : 15 Jan 1965Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1967Acting Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1968Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1970
Training and Other Courses Attended
7 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 31 Jul 195410 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1970
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

21 Oct 1944 - Plt OffrNo.4 SquadronCox Bazar Squadron Pilot
01 Mar 1951 - 15 Nov 1952Flt LtAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Squadron Pilot
15 Nov 1952 - Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Ops I
01 Jan 1955 - 01 Jan 1957Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
01 Jan 1957 - 28 Jan 1960Sqn LdrNo.5 SquadronAgra Flight Commander
29 Jan 1960 - 27 Oct 1962Wg CdrNo.5 SquadronAgra Commanding Officer
01 Oct 1962 - 31 Dec 1962Wg CdrUNCongo Deputation
01 Jan 1963 - 30 Nov 1963Wg CdrWestern Air CommandDelhi 
01 Nov 1963 - 01 Dec 1964Wg Cdr4 WingAgra Officer in Charge Flying
01 Dec 1964 - Gp CaptNo.2 Jet Training WingBidar Station Commander
01 Aug 1965 - 31 Jul 1966Gp Capt16 WingHashimara Station Commander
13 Jul 1966 - 30 May 1967Gp CaptAir India Pilot
01 Jun 1967 - 30 May 1968Gp Capt503 Signal UnitArjangarh Station Commander
01 Jun 1968 - 31 Dec 1969Air CmdeNCC APSecunderabad Director
22 Nov 1970 - 06 Jan 1974Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director Training
01 Oct 1973 - 30 Sep 1974Air CmdeJammu & KashmirUdhampur Senior Air Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vir Chakra
Flt LtAnthony Ignatius Kenneth Suares2773 GD(P)Award Date 15 Feb 1949Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Flight Lieutenant (Now Wing Commander) Anthony Ignatius Kenneth Suares (2773) was one of the plots who formed the small band of transport support aircrew, who carried out continuous operations in Kashmir over long periods. He was one of the pioneers on the LEH route. At that time the aircraft were not fitted with Oxygen and this made the trip a most hazardous and grueling flight.

He also undertook transport support sorties to most of the other supply zones in Kashmir. Considering the difficult nature of the country and the treacherous weather conditions that were frequently encountered, it made the majority of these flights a most difficult undertaking as the pilot had, in addition, to contend with heavy enemy ground fire.

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
Bar to Vir Chakra
Wg CdrAnthony Ignatius Kenneth Suares2773 GD(P)Award Date 06 Dec 1961Announced 10 Sep 1962
Details :

Wing Commander Suares was the Commanding Officer of the Canberra Unit operating with UN Forces in the Congo. On 6th December 1961, he and his navigator Squadron Leader (then Flight Lieutenant) Takle were on an air-to-ground operational strafing sortie against an enemy airfield and other installations in Katanga. These officers carried out the attack despite intense enemy fire from the ground and destroyed the target thus enabling the ground forces to achieve their objective. A number of bullets hit the aircraft. One of them hit the navigator in the thigh and he began to bleed profusely. Disregarding his own safety, Wing Commander Suares set the aircraft on auto-pilot and rendered first aid to the navigator and thus helped save his life.

In doing this Wing Commander Suares showed courage in keeping with the highest traditions of the Air Force.

Unit : 5 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 22nd September 1962 - No.57 - Pres/62 dated 10th September 1962
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