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Air Commodore Meghashyama Sadanand Dandekar

Service No & Branch 3201 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 28 Dec 1923 Commissioned: 06 Aug 1945 Course: 34 Course
Service End: Retired on 26 Dec 1975 Superannuated Died on 05 May 2016 (93 Years age) Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 06 Aug 1946Flt Lt : 06 Aug 1950Sqn Ldr : 11 May 1957Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1965
Acting Gp Capt : 07 Apr 1967Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1970Acting Air Cmde : 09 Sep 1972Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1973
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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

01 Sep 1946 - 15 Jul 1947Plt OffrNo.1 SquadronYelahanka Squadron Pilot Fm OTU Ambala
15 Jul 1947 - Fg OffrNo.2 SquadronPoona Sqn Pliot
01 Jan 1948 - 31 Dec 1948Fg OffrAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1949 - Fg OffrHQ Training Command Communication FlightYelahanka Squadron Pilot
03 Apr 1967 - 15 Jun 1969Gp Capt501 Signal UnitBarnala Station Commander
20 Aug 1969 - 03 Dec 1971Gp Capt18 WingPathankot Station Commander
18 Jan 1972 - 04 Sep 1972Gp Capt18 WingPathankot Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn LdrMeghashyama Sadanand Dandekar3201 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1964Announced 26 Jan 1964
Details :

Squadron Leader M.S. Dandekar was operating in the Walong Sector of NEFA when the Chinese hostilities started in October, 1962. During the battle of Walong contact was lost with the forward troops. It was vital to collect the news about the battle situation and to provide the necessary assistance to our forward troops. Sqn. Ldr. Dandekar volunteered to be dropped at the forward base by the helicopter. He made contact with the Brigade Commander and brought the requisite information and essential directions for the evacuation of casualties. After this trip he kept shuttling between the forward troop and rear guard and this helped in evacuation of casualties and in supplying the urgently required supplies. In those days the forward bases were changing so quickly that it was very hazardous to land at some place. With complete disregard to his personal safety and with selfless devotion to duty, he made possible the evacuation of a large number of casualties which did not hamper the planned withdrawal of the troops. He earned both the gratitude and praise of the troops.

Squadron Leader Meghashyama Sadanand Dandekar has therefore rendered devoted and distinguished service of high order.

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Reference : GoI19640126No15
Mention in Despatches
Gp CaptMeghashyama Sadanand Dandekar3201 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
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