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Air Commodore Maheshwar Das Khanna

Service No & Branch 2776 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 04 Aug 1923 Commissioned: 20 Dec 1943 Course: 20 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 1974 Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 20 Dec 1944Flt Lt : 20 Dec 1948Sqn Ldr : 01 Apr 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1963
Acting Gp Capt : 14 Jan 1965Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1967Acting Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1968Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1970
Training and Other Courses Attended
6 PAI (RAAF) (Sqn Ldr) - 24 Nov 19506 NDC (Gp Capt) - 01 Dec 1966
Badges Qualified
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Fg Offr

Flt Lt

Gp Capt

Air Cmde
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

21 Oct 1944 - Plt OffrNo.4 SquadronCox Bazar Squadron Pilot
22 Oct 1955 - 30 Apr 1957Sqn LdrNo.3 SquadronAmbala Commanding Officer
01 Aug 1959 - 13 Oct 1961Wg Cdr3 Battalion, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Battalion Commander
26 May 1963 - 14 Dec 1964Wg CdrNo.14 Squadron Commanding Officer
05 Jan 1967 - 31 Mar 1968Gp Capt7 WingAmbala Commanding Officer
01 Apr 1968 - 14 Jan 1969Air Cmde7 WingAmbala Air Officer Commanding
01 Feb 1969 - 01 Feb 1973Air CmdeEmbassy of India, USAWashington Air Attache
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Air CmdeMaheshwar Das Khanna2776 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1969
Details :

Air Commodore Maheshwar Das Khanna was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1943. During most of his Service career he has been employed on fighter pilot duties and has carried out approximately 3500 hours of accident free fighter flying. He took part in the operations in Burma during World War II and also participated in Jammu and Kashmir Operations, 1947-48, Goa Operations in 1961, and the India-Pakistan conflict of 1965. He has held important flying and staff appointments directly connected with the operations. After taking over the Command of a Wing, he built up the operational capabilities and flying qualities of all Units based at this Wing within a remarkably short period. In addition to his normal duties, he was instrumental in training 60 extra pilots, both in Mystere and Gnat aircraft, to fully operational status. Throughout, Air Commodore Maheshwar Das Khanna displayed professional skill and organising ability.

Unit : 7 Wing
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th April 1969 : No.18 - Pres/69 dated 26th January 1969

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
28 Mar 1945Hurricane IICLD415Plt Offr M D Khanna
4 SqnFL south end of Ramr
15 Jan 1968Mystere IVaAir Cmde Maheshwar Das Khanna
DNE AOC of Ambala -
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