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Wing Commander Bernard Fernandes

Service No & Branch 3467 GD(N)
Date of Birth: 24 May 1926 Commissioned: 13 Feb 1948 Course: 2 Willingale Course
Service End: Retired on 08 Oct 1966 Voluntary Retirement Died on 21 Jan 2023 (97 Years age) Nick Name :
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Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 13 Feb 1949Flt Lt : 13 Feb 1953Sqn Ldr : 13 Feb 1959Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1966
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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

- 28 Feb 1949Fg OffrNo.12 SquadronAgra Squadron Navigator
01 Mar 1949 - 15 Jan 1953Fg OffrAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Squadron Navigator To AHQ
- 23 Mar 1956Flt LtAir Head QuartersDelhi 
24 Mar 1956 - 31 Jan 1959Flt LtAircrew Examination BoardPalam Flying Examiner
01 Feb 1959 - 31 Jan 1961Sqn LdrNo.12 Squadron Flight Commander
01 Feb 1961 - 29 Sep 1963Sqn LdrNo.44 SquadronChandigarh Squadron Navigator
30 Sep 1963 - 13 Sep 1966Wg Cdr3 Battalion, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Battalion Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrBernard Fernandes3467 GD(N)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1964
Details :

Squadron Leader Bernard Fernandes has been functioning as a Navigation Leader in one of our transport squadrons in J & K area since 1st April 1961. He was responsible for bringing up to operational standards all the junior navigators of the squadron. He did this in record time and it paid rich dividends in the operations in Ladakh in October November 1962.

During the period of actual hostilities he personally led many sorties to reconnoiter new advanced landing grounds and dropping zones as well as to obtain information relating to the invading Chinese forces. On one occasion after one of his own sorties for airlifting AMX tanks Squadron Leader Fernandes, guided another aircraft ot execute a safe landing on the unprepared surface of Chushul aerodrome whose runway had been damaged..

Throughout, Squadron Leader Fernandes displayed initiative, courage and professional skill in the best traditions of the Air Force.

Unit : 44 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964.
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