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Air Commodore Kottavathukal Thomas Abraham

Service No & Branch 3600 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 01 Jul 1949 Course: 47/48 Course
Service End: Retired on 06 Aug 1976 Voluntary Retirement
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 01 Jul 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1966Acting Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1968Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1970
Acting Air Cmde : 07 Jan 1974Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1975
Training and Other Courses Attended
16 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 21 Mar 1963
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

01 Jan 1958 - 01 Mar 1963Flt LtControl & Reporting SchoolMemaura Directing Staff
- 01 Dec 1960Sqn LdrNo.53 (Auxiliary AF) SquadronMadras Commanding Officer
01 Oct 1958 - Sqn LdrC&R Flight DettJodhpur Commanding Officer
01 Apr 1968 - 13 Jun 1971Gp CaptElementary Flying SchoolBidar Commandant
14 Jun 1971 - 06 Jan 1974Gp Capt501 Signal UnitBarnala Station Commander
07 Jan 1974 - 25 Jul 1976Air Cmde1 Air Defence Control CentreAmbala Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptKottavathukal Thomas Abraham3600 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Group Captain Kottavathukal Thomas Abraham was commanding a Signals Unit in the Western Sector. He was in control of an Air Defence Direction Centre and a number of Ground Control Interception and Early Warning Units. A number of Air Defence Artillery Brigades and Surface to Air Guided Weapons Squadrons were also placed under his functional control. In addition, a completely new system, including a chain of Observation Posts were inducted into the existing system. With sound planning, hard work and inspiring leadership, Group Captain Abraham accomplished all the tasks creditably. The ground work laid down by him prevented the enemy Air Force from carrying but any productive strike. When enemy aircraft attached and damaged some equipment of his unit, he made it possible for the unit to resume operations with commendable speed and also to handle the heavy volume of operational traffic.

Throughout, Group Captain Kottavathukal Thomas Abraham displayed professional skill, leadership and devotion to duty.

Unit : 501 SU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 7th October 1972 - No.108 - Pres/72 dated 23rd September 1972
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