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Air Commodore Virendra Mohan Bhatnagar

Service No & Branch 3067 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 05 Apr 1922 Commissioned: 15 Jan 1945 Course: 29 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1976 Died on 23 Nov 2018 (96 Years age) Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 15 Jan 1950Sqn Ldr : 11 May 1957Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1964Acting Gp Capt : 04 Jun 1966
Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1968Acting Air Cmde : 15 Jul 1970Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1972
Training and Other Courses Attended
97 CFS (Fg Offr) - 13 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 20 Aug 19607 NDC (Gp Capt) - 01 Dec 1967
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

24 Oct 1945 - 07 Oct 1946Plt OffrNo.3 SquadronRisalpur Squadron Pilot Fm 151OTU
06 May 1947 - Fg OffrNo.8 SquadronKolar Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1951 - 01 Jan 1952Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolAmbala Flying Instructor
- 14 Jul 1958Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
01 Dec 1954 - 01 Apr 1957Sqn LdrNo.4 SquadronJamnagar Commanding Officer
15 Jul 1958 - Sqn LdrOpl CommandPalam 
10 Aug 1964 - 27 Feb 1966Wg Cdr17 WingGorakhpur Station Commander
28 Feb 1966 - 01 Jan 1967Gp Capt17 WingGorakhpur Station Commander
26 Nov 1967 - 22 Nov 1969Gp CaptDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
01 Jun 1972 - 31 Jul 1972Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Operational CommandSimla Air Officer Commanding
01 Aug 1972 - Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Western Air CommandSimla Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeVirendra Mohan Bhatnagar3067 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1973Announced 26 Jan 1973
Details :

Air Commodore Virendra Mohan Bhatnagar (3067) wag commissioned as a Pilot in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force in January, 1945. He has attended a number of important courses abroad and at the Defence Services Staff College, where he has also completed a tenure as the Chief Instructor. During his career he has hold a variety of important administrative and instructional appointments.

For the last two years, he has held the important assignment of Director of Plans a and Programmes, He has always applied himself with extraordinary energy and determination to all tasks entrusted to him. He displayed initiative of the highest order, in formulating AVSM 1972-73 the Long Term Re­equipment Plans of the Air Force as also the Roll­on Plans. The procedures and systems evolved by him have been of great assistance in implementing this new concept in planning.

Throughout, Air Commodore Virendra Mohan Bhatnagar has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19730126
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