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Air Marshal Douglas George King-Lee

Service No & Branch 3040 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 09 Nov 1925 Commissioned: 20 Nov 1944 Course: 28 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 1983 Superannuated Died on 16 Sep 2022 (97 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 20 Nov 1949Sqn Ldr : 11 May 1957Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1965Acting Gp Capt : 13 Aug 1966
Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1969Acting Air Cmde : 15 Dec 1971Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1973AVM : 01 Apr 1976
Acting Air Marshal : 10 Sep 1980Air Marshal : 10 Oct 1980C-in-C : 01 Mar 1983
Training and Other Courses Attended
101 CFS (Fg Offr) - 30 Oct 194720 DSSC (Wg Cdr) - 06 Nov 196511 NDC (Gp Capt) - 28 Feb 1972
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

20 Nov 1944 - 30 Jun 1946Plt OffrNo.8 SquadronMingaladon/ Trichino Squadron Pilot
01 Sep 1945 - Plt OffrNo.8 SquadronMingaladon Squadron Pilot
01 Sep 1946 - 30 Jun 1947Plt OffrNo.9 SquadronPeshawar/Bhopal/Pesh Squadron Pilot To UK for FIS
01 Jul 1947 - 30 Nov 1947Fg OffrCentral Flying SchoolLittle Rissington APFIC
01 Dec 1947 - 01 Dec 1950Fg OffrNo.2 Air Force AcademyJodhpur Flying Instructor
01 Dec 1950 - 01 Jan 1953Flt LtNo 2 AFAJodhpur Asst CGI
01 Jan 1953 - 31 Dec 1953Flt LtAir Head QuartersDelhi Trg
01 Jan 1954 - 16 Aug 1956Flt LtAir Head QuartersDelhi Asst Director, Works
20 Oct 1956 - 29 Dec 1959Sqn LdrAir Force Training Team, NDAKhadakvasla Officer in Charge
01 Dec 1959 - 01 Dec 1962Sqn LdrTraining CommandBangalore Command Flying Training Officer
07 Apr 1963 - 06 Apr 1965Wg Cdr16 WingHashimara Station Commander
11 Sep 1967 - 15 Nov 1968Gp Capt8 Tactical Air CenterMathura Commanding Officer
01 Nov 1968 - 01 Dec 1970Gp Capt2 Base Repair DepotGwalior Station Commander
01 Nov 1970 - 31 Dec 1971Gp CaptEastern Air CommandShillong Air Defence
01 Jan 1972 - 31 Dec 1972Gp CaptEmbassy of India, BangladeshDhaka Air Attache
01 Jan 1973 - 31 Dec 1975Gp CaptEmbassy of India, BangladeshDhaka Air Advisor
01 Nov 1976 - 24 Aug 1978AVMMaritime Air OperationsBombay Air Officer Commanding
01 Sep 1978 - 30 Jun 1979AVMJammu & KashmirUdhampur Air Officer Commanding
15 Jul 1979 - 30 Aug 1980AVMTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Sep 1980 - 01 Aug 1982Air MarshalNational Defence CollegeDelhi Commandant
03 Jan 1983 - 28 Feb 1983Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Mar 1983 - 30 Nov 1983Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptDouglas George King-Lee3040 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1971Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Group Captain Douglas George King­Lee was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in November 1944. He saw active service during World War II. He attended the All Purpose Flying Instructors' Course in the U.K. in 1947. He also attended Defence Services Staff College Course in 1965, Senior Officers Study Course at Joint Air Warfare School and Senior Officers Aviation Medicine Course in 1968. He has served with distinction in a number of operational and training units and has held important staff appointments at Air Headquarters and at Headquarters Training Command. In 1963, while commanding an operational Wing, he did creditable work. In November 1968, he took over the command of a Base Repair Depot. In this assignment, despite many difficulties, he has been able to increase the production of aircrafts.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19710126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalDouglas George King-Lee3040 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1982Announced 26 Jan 1982
Details :

Air Marshal Douglas George King-Lee, AVSM (3040) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1944 and has held many important command and staff assignments during his long meritorious service in the Air Force. His command appointments included the command of an important air base, a Tactical Air Centre, a Base Repair Depot, an Air Defence Control Centre, HQ Maritime Air Operations, Bombay and J & K area. His important staff appointments included Air Adviser to our High Commission in Bangladesh, Senior Air Staff Officer of Training Command and presently, Commandant of the National Defence College.

Air Marshal King-Lee during his service career has undergone a large number of professional courses - both in India and abroad - which includes Flying Instructors course at UK, Defence Services Staff College course at Wellington, Senior Officers Management course at Secunderabad and the National Defence College course.

During his tenure as OC of a Base Repair Depot, production rose to a level which had not been achieved ever before at that particular Depot. As Air Defence Commander of Eastern Sector during Bangladesh liberation war of 1971 he displayed exceptional qualities of supervision and leadership by maximum utilisation of available resources. Thereafter as Air Adviser to our High Commission in Bangladesh during the critical period from 1972-76, he displayed a rare combination of professionalism as well as diplomacy in extremely delicate handling of sensitive matters.

With vast experience as an instructor, both in the air and on the ground, and having held important assignments, Air Marshal King-Lee as Senior Air Staff Officer, Training Command, constantly reviewed training syllabi for every branch and trade and was thus instrumental in re-shaping the training in the IAF. During this period the Flying Training establishments had the lowest ever wastage rate among trainee pilots without compromising our standards.

Air Marshal King-Lee in his long career in the Indian Air Force has shown outstanding qualities of dynamic leadership and organisational, managerial and professional competence of a very high order.

Air Marshal Douglas George King-Lee has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19820126

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
21 Jan 1946Spitfire XIVeSM897Plt Offr D G King-Lee
8 Sqnswung on TO from Min
02 Dec 1946Hurricane IILE704Fg Offr D G King-Lee
9 SqnPeshawar u/c dam in
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