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Wing Commander Paravastu Krishna Desiken

Service No & Branch 3609 ARMT

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Date of Birth: 11 Jul 1918 Commissioned: 16 Apr 1949 Course:
Service End: Retired on 11 Jul 1970 Superannuated Died on 23 Oct 2006 (88 Years age)
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Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 30 Jun 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1967
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

08 Feb 1968 - 30 Oct 1970Wg Cdr28 Equipment DepotAmla Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrParavastu Krishna Desiken3609 ARMTAward Date Announced 26 Jan 1962
Details :

After 1947 Indian Air Force was faced with the ardous task of disposing of stocks of accumulated war surplus explosives. This task was also hazardous since deterioration had already set in and the stocks had become highly sensitive and dangerous to handle.

In 1953, Squadron Leader P K Desikan took over command of an ammunition depot which had large stocks of heavily corroded 20mm High Explosive / Instantaneous Ammunition, deteriorated high explosive bombs, 40mm ammunition , practice bombs and other miscellaneous explosive stores. Infact the deterioration was so much tat even slight friction while handling the round or while lifting the ammunition boxes could cause a serious explosion. Squadron Leader P K Desikan, fully aware of the hazards and risks involved, undertook the disposal task on operational priority and carried out the demolition at a fast rate. As the Commanding Officer of the Depot from 1953 to 1955, Squadron Leader P K Desikan directed and supervised the task of demolition of the unserviceable and dangerous stock of these explosives. He exposed himself to grave danger for a period of two years while engaged in the execution of the task..

In accomplishing the task, Squadron Leader P K Desikan has displayed a very high sense of duty, courage and professional skill.

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Reference : Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962
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