|Service No & Branch||3117 F(P)|
|Date of Birth: 26 Jan 1927||Commissioned: 09 Apr 1945||Course: 31 Course|
|Service End:||Died in Service 01 Jul 1985||Nick Name : Baba|
|Remarks :||Died of Health issues|
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Air Chief Marshal
|01 Feb 1946 - 15 Aug 1947||Plt Offr||No.1 Squadron, RIAF|
|01 Jun 1951 - 01 May 1952||Flt Lt||President's Secretariat||Delhi||Aide De Camp|
|01 Dec 1954 - 20 Aug 1957||Sqn Ldr||No.17 Squadron||Ambala||Commanding Officer|
|21 Aug 1957 - 30 Sep 1957||Sqn Ldr||No.23 Squadron||Pune||Commanding Officer|
|23 Aug 1958 - 22 Mar 1959||Sqn Ldr||Air Head Quarters||Delhi|
|01 Apr 1959 - 25 Nov 1960||Sqn Ldr||Ghana Air Force|
|26 Nov 1960 - 01 Mar 1961||Sqn Ldr||Air Head Quarters||Delhi|
|-||Wg Cdr||Defence Services Staff College||Wellington||Directing Staff|
|01 Oct 1962 - 05 Aug 1964||Wg Cdr||No.7 Squadron||Halwara||Commanding Officer|
|01 Aug 1966 - 13 May 1969||Gp Capt||16 Wing||Hashimara||Station Commander|
|04 Dec 1971 - 17 Jan 1972||Gp Capt||18 Wing||Pathankot||Station Commander|
|16 Nov 1972 - 26 Dec 1975||Air Cmde||Air Force Academy||Dundigal||Commandant|
|01 Jan 1976 - 01 Dec 1976||Air Cmde||Royal College of Defence Studies||London, UK||Staff Course|
|23 Dec 1976 - 03 Sep 1978||AVM||Western Air Command||Delhi||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|- 01 Dec 1983||Air Marshal||HAL||Bangalore||Chairman|
|04 Sep 1978 - 02 Jan 1981||Air Marshal||Eastern Air Command||Shillong||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
|05 Jan 1981 - 28 Feb 1983||Air Marshal||Western Air Command||Delhi||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
|01 Aug 1981 - 01 Jul 1985||No.17 Squadron||Commodore Commandant|
|04 Sep 1984 - 01 Jul 1985||Air Chief Marshal||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Chief of Air Staff|
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|Ati Vishist Seva Medal|
|Gp Capt||Lakshman Madhav Katre||3117 GD(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1970||Announced 26 Jan 1970|
|Details :|| |
Group Captain Lakshman Madhav Katre was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1945. He has held various staff and command appointments with distinction. He attended the Flying Instructors Course in the United Kingdom. He also attended Junior Com manders' Course, Defence Services Staff Col lege Course and Armament Training Course. While commanding an operational flying Station during the period 1966-68, he displayed outstanding qualities of leadership and manÃ‚Âmanagement and brought the station to operational readiness in a very short time. With his initiative and local improvisation he also developed an effective system for protecting his station and this system was adopted by other operational stations also. During the unprecedented floods in North Bengal, Sikkim and Bhutan area in October 1968, Group Captain Katre was appointed the local commander for Air Force Flood Relief work, and in this capacity he discharged his duties most creditably.
|Reference : GoI19700126|
|Mention in Despatches|
|Air Cmde||Lakshman Madhav Katre||3117 F(P)||Award Date||Announced 23 Jun 1972|
|Details :||Stn Cdr|
|Unit : AFS Pathankot|
|Reference : Gazette of India , 1st July 1972 - No.87 - Pres/72 dated 23rd June 1972|
|Bar to Ati Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Cmde||Lakshman Madhav Katre||3117 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1976||Announced 26 Jan 1976|
|Details :|| |
Air Commodore Lakshman Madhav Katre, AVSM (3117) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1945. He has commanded many operational squadrons with distinction during his service career and has also held important staff and training appointments both abroad and in India.
While commanding an operational flying station during the period 1966-68, he displayed outstanding qualities of leadership and manmanagement. By sheer drive and determination he was able to bring his station to operational readiness in a very short time. Through initiative, he developed effective Ã¢â‚¬Å“hide-outs" by local improvisations for his station aircraft. This ingenuity stood the test of stimulated air actions so well that the system was soon adopted by all other operational stations in the area as a regular feature. During the unprecedented floods In North Bengal, Sikkim and Bhutan area in October, 1968, Air Commodore Katre was appointed the local commander for Air Force Flood Relief Work. In directing the relief operations, particularly in Bhutan and Goalpara areas, he earned the gratitude of hundreds of refugees, thus setting a high standard for others to emulate. In 1970, for his services he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.
Air Commodore Katre has been in-charge of the Air Force Academy as Commandant from 16th November, 1972. At this stage the major portion of the construction work in the Academy was yet to be completed. Air Commodore Katre, through his stimulated and invigorating direction, penchant for thoroughness and Imaginative planning, proceeded, with the task of not, only continuing with the remaining construction programme for Air Force Academy, but re-organising the entire function of the Academy on a highly rational basis. Inspired by his personal example and undiluted devotion to the task of establishing the Air Force Academy as an institution worthy its name, his officers and men voluntarily and cheerfully worked beyond the call of duty to assist in meeting the challenge. It is due to Air Commodore Katre's single minded efforts that the Academy has emerged as an institution not only of national but of international repute.
During the tenure of Air Commodore Katre as Commandant, the flying training programme was required to undergo radical change, with the withdrawal of the old aircraft and Introduction of jet trainer as a all through training aircraft. But for Air Commodore Katre's thorough planning and deep knowledge of training problems, the new training system may not have made such a successful beginning as it has made. With the introduction of new training pattern for pilots there was also requirement for formulation of new syllabus and adoption procedures and systems particularly in training methodology. On his insistence, innovations were introduced in the training pattern which has become an example for other units to follow. In October, 1975, the Air Force Academy was awarded the President's colour for meritorious service.
Air Commodore Lakshman Madhav Katre by his high organisational and managerial ability, outstanding qualities of leadership, un swerving devotion to duty and personal example has rendered service of the exceptional order.
|Reference : GoI19760126|
|Param Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Marshal||Lakshman Madhav Katre||3117 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1980||Announced 26 Jan 1980|
|Details :|| |
Air Marshal Lakshman Madhav Katre AVSM and Bar (3117) Flying (Pilot), was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1945. He successfully completed a course from Royal College of Defence Studies in England.
During his long service career, he has commanded operational squadrons and stations and has held with distinction various important assignments including those of Commandant of the Air Force Academy at Dundigal, Senior Air Staff Officer and AOC-in-C of important Air Commands. By his outstanding qualities of leadership and administrative and organising ability, he has immensely contributed towards reorientation and rationalisation of training programmes and has considerably improved the operational effectiveness of the formations through effective maintenance and constant serviceability of aircraft fleet. It was also the result of his personal initiative and involvement in improving the reliability of the ageing Hunter aircraft, available with the Operational Conversion Unit, that a number of pilots awaiting operational conversion, have been successfully trained on these aircraft. In 1978, when floods affected large areas of West Bengal and Assam, he personally supervised the relief operation wherein thousands of marooned people were evacuated and rescued and huge quantities of food
supplies were airdropped.
Air Marshal Lakshman Madhav Katre has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
|Reference : GoI19800126|
|Date||Aircraft Type||Tail No||Pilot/Crew||Unit||Remarks|
|10 Jul 1946||Spitfire VIIIc||MD329||Plt Offr Lakshman Mohan Katre||1 Sqn||sqn move to Hakmpet|