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Air Commodore Surendra Nath Kawlra

Service No & Branch 3945 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters| Bomber
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 14 Oct 1950 Course: 53 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 1980 Superannuated Nick Name : Sweetie
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Oct 1951Flt Lt : 14 Oct 1955Sqn Ldr : 14 Oct 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1967
Acting Gp Capt : 04 Jan 1971Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1972Acting Air Cmde : 25 Dec 1976Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1976
Training and Other Courses Attended
15 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 18 Aug 196219 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1979
Badges Qualified
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Gp Capt
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 1960 - 17 Aug 1961Sqn LdrCharlie Sqn, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Squadron Commander
16 Dec 1967 - 26 Dec 1970Wg CdrNo.35 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
- 01 Dec 1974Gp Capt3 WingPalam (Delhi) Station Commander
30 Dec 1970 - 24 Dec 1973Gp CaptFighter Training WingHakimpet Commanding Officer
23 Jun 1978 - 02 Jan 1979Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Eastern Air CommandCalcutta Air Officer Commanding
03 Mar 1980 - 20 Mar 1980Air CmdeCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
21 Mar 1980 - 15 Jun 1980AVMCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrSurendra Nath Kawlra3945 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1970
Details :

Wing Commander Surendra Nath Kawlra has been commanding a squadron for the last 15 months. Throughout this period, he has applied himself to the task of increasing the operational efficiency of his squadron with commendable energy and enthusiasm. He has ensured a high standard of performance by his squadron not only in the primary task assigned to it but also in other fields of service activity. During the period of his command, the squadron has taken part in many exercises and its consistently good performance has undoubtedly been, in a large measure, due to his leadership. For his performance during an Air Exercise, he was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff. Not only did the squadron achieve the best overall results, thereby winning the Annual Air Trophy, but Wing Commander Kawlra's own individual performance was outstanding and earned him the trophy for the best individual bombing.

Throughout, Wing Commander Surendera Nath Kawlra displayed leadership and exceptional devotion to duty.

Unit : 35 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 25th April 1970 - No.16 - Pres/70 dated 26th January 1970
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