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Air Commodore Ramesh Sakharam Benegal

Service No & Branch 4220 F(P) Stream :Fighters| Bomber
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 25 Jan 1952 Course: 56 Course
Service End: Retired on 08 Oct 1977
Qualifications Held :
Remarks : d 23
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 25 Jan 1953Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1968Acting Gp Capt : 01 Jul 1974Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1975
Acting Air Cmde : 06 May 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

- Sqn LdrJet Bomber Conversion UnitAgra Commanding Officer
- Wg Cdr4 WingAgra Chief Operations Officer
01 Jun 1968 - 01 Apr 1972Wg CdrNo.106 SquadronAgra Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Mention in Despatches
Sqn LdrRamesh Sakharam Benegal4220 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : 5 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 5th November 1966 - No.77 - Pres/66 dated 27th October 1966
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrRamesh Sakharam Benegal4220 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1971Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Wing Commander Ramesh Sakhram Benegal was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in January 1952. He attended the All Purposes Flying Instructors Course at Flying Instructors School in 1953-54, the 124 Canberra Course in the U.K. in 1957-58 and the Instrument Pilots Instructors Course in the USA in 1965. After serving in operational Squadrons, he was trained as a flying instructor and was employed on instructional duties for several years. He has held with distinction many important appointments, including those of flight commander in an operational Squadron and in the Aircrew Examining Board. He was Mentioned­in­Despatches for his performance during the India­Pakistan conflict, 1965. On successful completion of is tenure as Officer-in-Charge of flying at an Air Force base, he took over command of an operational Squadron in 1968. In this appointment, he has displayed a high degree of professional skill and has undertaken a large number of flights over difficult mountainous terrain in adverse weather conditions both by day and by night.

Unit : 106 Sqn
Reference : GoI19710126
Maha Vir Chakra
Wg CdrRamesh Sakharam Benegal4220 F(P)Award Date 17 Dec 1971Announced 18 Dec 1971
Details : As the Officer Commanding of an Operational reconnaissance squadron [No.106 SR Squadron, Canberras] he has carried out a very large number of missions over enemy territory and has obtained vital information about enemy Air Force and other installations. These missions have entailed flying unarmed and unescorted vary deep into enemy territory and to heavily defended targets. The information brought back from these missions has facilitated the planning of Army, Air Force and Naval operations and has thus directly contributed to the attrition of the Pakistani war machine, It is further to the credit of Wing Commander Benegal that he has never returned from any of these innumerable missions without having achieved his object in full measure. While flying repeatedly deep into enemy territory in an unarmed aircraft he has displayed gallantry, devotion to duty and professional skill of the highest order.
Unit : 106 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972

Articles from Main Site

BURMA to JAPAN with Azad Hind: A War Memoir (1941–1945) by Air Cmde R S Benegal MVC AVSM (Retd) -
Flying with the Legend - Air Commodore R S Benegal by Air Marshal G C S Rajwar (Retd) -

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