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Air Marshal Prabhakar Shanker Dere

Service No & Branch 3883 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: 05 Jun 1928 Commissioned: 15 Apr 1950 Course: 51/52 Course
Service End: Retired on 21 May 1984 Released to IAAI Died on 05 Jan 2001 (73 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks : Moved to IAAI
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 15 Apr 1951Flt Lt : 15 Apr 1955Sqn Ldr : 15 Apr 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1967
Acting Gp Capt : 23 Nov 1970Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1972Acting Air Cmde : 01 Mar 1976Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1976
Acting AVM : 21 Apr 1980AVM : 01 Oct 1980Acting Air Marshal : 31 Dec 1983Air Marshal : 01 Jan 1984
Training and Other Courses Attended
17 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1977
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 Feb 1956 - Flt LtConversion Training UnitHakimpet Flying Instructor
13 Dec 1965 - 25 Sep 1967Wg CdrNo.2 Transport Training WingYelahanka Chief Instructor (Flying)
18 Aug 1970 - 07 Nov 1971Gp Capt6 Tactical Air CenterLeh/ Jallandhar Commanding Officer
01 Oct 1971 - 01 Dec 1972Gp CaptEastern Air CommandShillong Air-II
07 Jan 1974 - 18 Feb 1976Gp CaptTransport Training WingBangalore Commandant
- Air CmdeJammu & KashmirUdhampur Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Mar 1976 - 02 Jan 1977Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops, Trans & Ma
09 Jan 1978 - 04 Apr 1979Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Central Air CommandLucknow Air Officer Commanding
21 Apr 1980 - 06 Feb 1981AVMEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
08 Feb 1981 - AVMIAAI 
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Mention in Despatches
Sqn LdrPrabhakar Shanker Dere3883 GD(P)Award Date Announced 03 Apr 1964
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India , 11th April 1964 - No.35 - Pres/64. dated 3rd April 1964
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptPrabhakar Shanker Dere3883 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1973Announced 26 Jan 1973
Details :

Group Captain Prabhakar Shanker Dere (3883) was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Indian Air Force in April, 1950. He has acquitted himself most creditably in a variety of operational, instructional and staff appointments.

Early in his career, Group Captain Dere qualified as a Flying Instructor and served in that capacity at the Air Force Academy. Later, as the Chief Flying Instructor of the Transport Training Wing, he was responsible for conversion training of a large number of pilots. He rendered commendable service as Deputy Director Personnel (Officers) at Air Headquarters, and served with distinction as Commander of a Tactical Air Centre.

In October, 1971, Group Captain Dere was appointed Group Captain Air II at Headquarters Eastern Air Command and was responsible for planning and execution of Air Operations of the Transport Force in the Eastern Sector. With his vast training experience and dynamic approach to his task, he soon organised and conducted intensive night flying training for all aircrew of various transport aircraft and helicopter. During the Indo-Pakistan operations in December, 1971, with his sound planning and direction, the Transport Force achieved most outstanding results in numerous missions undertaken by it in support of the Army and our own Fighter Force. At all stages of the operations, speedy deployment of our forces and vital logistic support in terms of spares, ammunition, explosives and other supplies were carried out effectively by air. Evacuation of casualties by air were also carried out promptly. Inspite of very heavy demands on the limited resources of Transport Force, Group Captain Dere utilized the aircraft and helicopters with maximum flexibility and achieved concentration wherever it was needed,

Group Captain Dere organised the para operations which were the biggest airborne operation in the history of the Indian Air Force. The outstanding success of the airborne operation earned laurels for the Indian Air Force. He also organised with great success the tactical airlift by helicopters of troops by day and night in the Brahmanbaria, Narsingdi, Daudkhandi and Bairab Sectors. This airlift enabled our ground forces to race against time in their advance to Dacca and renewed their confidence in the Air Force to provide them unprecedented mobility. The effective bombing raids over Dacca and Kurmitola were also organized by Group Captain Dere.

The outstanding success achieved by the Transport Force in the Eastern Sector was largely due to the sound planning and efficient direction of the Air Operations by Group Captain Prabhakar Shanker Dere.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19730126
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