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Air Commodore Peter Maynard Wilson

Service No & Branch 3590 F(P)
Date of Birth: 29 Nov 1927 Commissioned: 01 Jul 1949 Course: 47/48 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1976 Voluntary Retirement Died on 28 Dec 2015 (88 Years age) Flying Hours : 4912 Nick Name : Pete
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Aircraft Flown: HT 2, Tiger Moth, Chipmunk, Prentice, Harvard and Texan, Spitfire, Tempest II, Meteor VII, Fleuret MS755, Mystere IV, Marut HF 24, Gnat, Canberra, Vampire, Mig 21, Hunter
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 01 Jul 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1966Acting Gp Capt : 21 Sep 1967Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1970
Acting Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1974Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1974
Training and Other Courses Attended
118 CFS (Fg Offr) - 18 Nov 195012 NDC (Gp Capt) - 01 Dec 1972
Badges Qualified
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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

15 Jul 1949 - 20 Jun 1950Plt OffrNo.4 SquadronPune Squadron Pilot
19 Jan 1951 - 31 Aug 1951Fg OffrAdvanced Flying School (India)Ambala Flying Instructor
01 Sep 1951 - 01 Nov 1953Fg OffrAdvanced Flying School (India)Ambala Flying Instructor
01 Nov 1953 - 22 Jan 1956Flt LtConversion Training UnitHakimpet Flying Instructor
26 Jan 1956 - 10 Feb 1957Flt LtIndian Air Force Selection BoardDehradoon Instructor
22 Feb 1957 - 28 May 1957Flt Lt231 OCU, RAFBassingbourn, UK Canberra Conversion
19 Jun 1957 - 15 Feb 1960Flt LtNo.5 SquadronAgra Squadron Pilot
15 Feb 1960 - 15 Feb 1961Sqn Ldr4 WingAgra LINK Trainer
15 Feb 1961 - 07 Jan 1964Sqn LdrNo.5 SquadronAgra Flight Commander
10 Jan 1964 - 16 Jul 1966Wg CdrNo.16 SquadronKalaikunda/ Gorakhpu Commanding Officer
17 Jul 1966 - 18 Sep 1967Wg Cdr4 WingAgra Officer in Charge Flying
19 Sep 1967 - 29 Mar 1968Gp Capt6 Tactical Air CenterLeh  Commanding Officer
04 Apr 1968 - 01 Mar 1972Gp CaptArmament Training WingJamnagar Station Commander
08 Jan 1974 - 01 Jul 1974Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-I
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vir Chakra
Wg CdrPeter Maynard Wilson3590 GD(P)Award Date 21 Sep 1965Announced 01 Jan 1966
Details : Wing Commander PETER MAYNARD WILSON (3590), General Duties (Pilot) - Wing Commander Peter Maynard Wilson was in command of a bomber squadron. In addition to the bombing raids undertaken at night over various parts ot Pakistan, his squadron was given the task of destroying the high-powered radar station near Badin in the Kutch area. The radar station was heavily defended by all calibres of anti-airciaft guns and it could also call upon its interceptor aircraft to defend it from any air attack. The nature of the target was such that it required extreme accuracy in bombing to achieve satisfactory results. It was, therefore, decided to under-take a low-level bombing raid in broad daylight so that the bomber crew could take full advantage of good visibility and achieve the utmost precision. With full knowledge of the dangers involved. Wing Commander Wilson led his squadron and attacked the radar station with confidence and determination. In spite of very heavy opposition, he and his formation successfully destroyed the radar station which was so vital to the enemy. The courage, leadership and skill displayed by Wing Commander Peter Maynard Wilson on this occasion were in the best traditions of the Air Force.
Unit : 16 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 12th February 1966 - No.15 - Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptPeter Maynard Wilson3590 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : GROUP CAPTAIN PETER MAYNARD WILSON, Vr. C. (3590) F (P) : Group Captain Wilson was in Command of an Armament Training Wing [Jamnagar]. He organised the station so that, on the outbreak of the 1971 hostilities, the Wing was immediately transferred into a major operational base. The location of this base was such that its aircraft could strike deep into enemy country. For this reason, the Pakistani Air Force was quick to mount raids against the base. Due to the deception plans laid by Group Captain Wilson, the enemy bombed non-existent targets, and caused hardly any damage to the base itself, which remained fully operational throughout the war. His air defence measures resulted in the shooting down of an F-104 aircraft during a daylight raid that the enemy made on the base. With the support provided by the base, fighter aircraft stationed there were able to launch strikes against targets deep in enemy territory, inflicting severe damage and depleting his ability to wage war against India. These raids were conceived and planned by Group Captain Wilson, with such success that, despite the presence of enemy fighter and anti-aircraft defence, they were carried out without loses to our own forces. Inspite of the exposed location of the base, throughout the war, Group Captain Wilson maintained a calm and collected demeanour, which percolated throughout the Station, inspiring aircrew and ground personnel alike to great efforts and achievements. In his outstanding career, with his leadership, drive, determination and implacable will. Group Captain. Wilson rendered distinguished services of the most exceptional order.
Unit : AFS Jamnagar
Reference : GoI19720126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
07 Sep 1965Canberra B(I) 58IF-918Wg Cdr Peter Maynard Wilson
16 SqnDest on ground Kalai

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