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Wing Commander Nedyam Bhaskar Menon

Service No & Branch 2994 GD(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 04 Sep 1944 Course: 26 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 1966 Released to Air India Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
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Promotions Gazetted
Plt Offr : 04 Mar 1945Fg Offr : 15 Aug 1948Flt Lt : 04 Sep 1949Sqn Ldr : 01 Jul 1955
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1964
Training and Other Courses Attended
108 CFS (Fg Offr) - 01 May 194916 DSSC (Wg Cdr) - 21 Mar 1963
Badges Qualified
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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

06 Jul 1945 - 09 Oct 1946Plt OffrNo.6 SquadronKohat Squadron Pilot Fm 151OTU to UK
27 May 1947 - 12 Aug 1947Fg OffrNo.6 SquadronMauripur Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1950 - 01 Aug 1953Flt LtAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Flight Commander A (Dakota) Flt
10 Apr 1961 - 25 Sep 1962Wg CdrNo.35 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
17 Sep 1965 - 30 Nov 1965Wg CdrNo.35 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
01 Dec 1965 - 01 Dec 1966Wg CdrAir India Pilot
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vir Chakra
Fg OffrNedyam Bhaskar Menon2994 GD(P)Award Date 20 Sep 1948Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Flying Officer (Now Wing Commander) Nedyam Bhaskar Menon (2994) distinguished himself in the Jammu and Kashmir Operations by carrying out a number of sorties to LEH when the weather was not conducive to flying. He also operated regularly to Poonch and Tithwal carrying urgently required rations, military stores and ammunition. During the tour of operations he completed a magnificent total of 400 operational hours of flying.

For the valuable services rendered by him during Jammu and Kashmir Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Unit : 12 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , Extraordinary, No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950
Kirti Chakra
Sqn LdrNedyam Bhaskar Menon2994 GD(P)Award Date 28 Jan 1956Announced 26 Jan 1959
Details :

On 19th June, 1956 a detachment of 3 Sikh Light Infantry while acting in “aid to civil Power” at Khonoma in Naga Hills was completely surrounded by heavily armed hostiles. Their supplies of food and water from the loyal Nagas were cut off shortly thereafter. An emergency request was therefore made to the nearest I.A.F. Station for airdrop of water and food. Two attempts made on the 26th and the 27th June failed due to inclement weather. On 28th June Sqn Ldr Menon, the Detachment Commander, personally took up a Dakota with the requisite supplies. In spite of bad weather and continuous heavy automatic fire of the aircraft and although the dropping zone was very narrow being only 40 yards by 15 yards, Sqn Ldr Menon with extraordinary courage, skill and utter disregard for his personal safety successfully dropped food and water to the garrison. His daring feet saved the garrison and enabled it to hold on till relief came. He repeated this performance under similar hazardous conditions on 1st July, 1956.

The action of Sqn Ldr Nedyam Bhaskar Menon was in keeping with the best traditions of the I.A.F.

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Reference : Notification No. 23-Pres/58 dated 15th September, 1958 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 20th September, 1958.

Accidents and Incidents: 3

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
22 Nov 1944Hurricane IICHV429A/Plt Offr N B Menon
1SFTS1120 Hrs Damaged cat
05 Mar 1945Harvard IIBFS807Plt Offr N B Menon
151OTUSwung on landing and
15 Apr 1947Spitfire VIIIcMV118Fg Offr N B Menon
6 Sqnwhile turning at end
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