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Wing Commander Pradyot Kumar Senapati

Service No & Branch 2928 GD(P)

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Date of Birth: 12 Nov 1923 Commissioned: 05 Jun 1944 Course: 24 Course
Service End: Retired on 02 Aug 1967 Voluntary Retirement Died on 01 May 1989 (66 Years age) Nick Name : Babla
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Promotions Gazetted
Plt Offr : 05 Dec 1944Fg Offr : 05 Jun 1945Flt Lt : 05 Jun 1949Sqn Ldr : 01 Jul 1955
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1963
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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

25 Feb 1945 - 09 Dec 1946Acting Plt OffrNo.2 SquadronAkyab Sqn Pliot Fm151OTU To ADC Orissa
27 Jan 1947 - Fg OffrGov of OrissaBhuvaneshwar Aide De Camp
25 Dec 1948 - Fg OffrAir Head QuartersDelhi Personal Assistant to Air Officer-in-Charge Administration
- 01 Dec 1961Sqn Ldr2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Officer in Charge Flying
- 05 Jun 1958Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
- 01 Jul 1954Sqn LdrConversion Training UnitHakimpet Chief Flying Instructor
06 Jun 1958 - 14 May 1959Sqn LdrNo.51 (Auxiliary AF) SquadronDelhi Commanding Officer
15 May 1959 - 22 Aug 1959Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
18 Sep 1962 - 23 Jun 1964Sqn LdrNo.17 SquadronKalaikunda Commanding Officer
- 20 Apr 1961Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
21 Apr 1961 - Wg Cdr2 WingPune 
25 Feb 1965 - 27 Feb 1966Wg Cdr9 Tactical Air CenterBarrackpore Commanding Officer
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Accidents and Incidents: 3

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
07 Oct 1944Hurricane IIBLE852Plt Offr P K Senapati
151OTUdam to prop after ra
27 Nov 1944Harvard IIBFS781Plt Offr P K Senapati
Fg Offr Z Ahmed
151OTUnosed over after nig
06 Apr 1945HurricaneFg Offr P K Senapati
2 SqnCrashlanded due to e

Additional Notes

Remarks: via Family Note added: 2009-04-19

Wg Cdr Senapati was a Double Sword of Honour in his training and was commissioned in 1944. He was CO of 17 Squadron just before his retirement in 1967 and moved with the squadron from Kalaikunda to Jorhat flying Hawker Hunters.

During his wartime service in Burma he was shot down by ground fire and was stuck in the aircraft due to a jammed canopy. He burnt his hands slightly and managed to get out. There was an army detachment nearby and he was picked up by an aircraft and taken back to base.

As an instructor (CFI) in Begumpet he taught a number of pilots flying. Many of the pilots he taught later joined the airlines. Website shows pictures of the 63rd course with him in it. He retired in 1967 but did not want to fly airliners and chose instead to continue to teach flying as CFI of Karnal Flying Club.  Many of his students from there are now  senior pilots retiring form various airlines.

He later left the club and flew as a crop duster flying Piper Pawnees. He was the first civilian trained Helicopter pilot to convert from Fixed wing to Helicopter and he taught his helicopter instructor Flt Lt Peter Goswami fixed wing flying in Mahindra and Mahindra at Juhu Airfield in Mumbai.

He stopped flying after that in around 1973/1974 and became an artist doing Silk Screen Serigraphy. He lived for many years in Cozihom Apartments in Mumbai. 

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