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Group Captain Vijay Chand Mankotia

Service No & Branch 4041 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 01 Mar 1928 Commissioned: 19 Jan 1951 Course: 54 Course
Service End: Retired on 18 Jul 1977 Voluntary Retirement Died on 29 Jan 1996 (68 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 19 Jan 1952Flt Lt : 19 Jan 1956Sqn Ldr : 19 Jan 1962Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1967
Acting Gp Capt : 29 Jan 1973Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1974
Training and Other Courses Attended
15 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 18 Aug 1962
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

- 17 Jul 1958Flt LtNo.12 Squadron Squadron Pilot
18 Jul 1958 - 23 Nov 1958Flt LtAir Head QuartersDelhi 
24 Nov 1958 - Flt LtNational Defence AcademyKhadakvasla 
01 Dec 1965 - Wg CdrWestern Air CommandDelhi CFSO
29 Jun 1967 - 10 May 1970Wg CdrNo.44 SquadronChandigarh Commanding Officer
01 May 1970 - 29 Jan 1973Wg Cdr19 WingBorjhar (Guwahati) Station Commander
29 Jan 1973 - 22 Feb 1976Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi JDPO
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrVijay Chand Mankotia4041 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1970
Details :

Wing Commander Vijay Chand Mankotia has been a transport pilot since January 1951. In June 1967, he assumed command of a Transport Squadron. He worked out a detailed training and operational programme with the aim of achieving the maximum operational status in the shortest possible time. His greatest contribution in building up the operational status was the personal lead he took in all matters connected with the various operational tasks allotted to the squadron. He is an able and experienced flier with a total of 4550 hours of which 1280 hours are operational hours; he is personally capable of undertaking any flying task. Throughout, Wing Commander Vijay Chand Mankotia displayed courage and determination.

Unit : 44 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 25th April 1970 - No.16 - Pres/70 dated 26th January 1970
Bar to Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrVijay Chand Mankotia4041 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Wing Commander Vijay Chand Mankotia was the Station Commander of a Transport Base. He provided such remarkable facilities at his Base that the fighter operations during the conflict went through with exceptional smoothness and success. He ensured that all the needs of the fighter force, both administrative and operational, were fully met. In addition, he converted a transport aircraft for operations in bombing role. This employment of a transport aircraft, the first mission of which he himself led, played an important part in the harassment role over enemy airfields at night and in the strike role over defended targets by day.

Throughout, Wing Commander Vijay Chand Mankotia displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Unit : 19 Wing
Reference : Gazette of India dated 7th October, 1972 - No.09 - Pres/72 dated 23rd September 1972
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