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Air Vice Marshal Cecil Vivian Parker

Service No & Branch 4346 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 31 Aug 1952 Course: 58 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Aug 1986 Voluntary Retirement Nick Name : Nosey
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 30 Aug 1953Flt Lt : 30 Aug 1957Sqn Ldr : 30 Aug 1963Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1969
Acting Gp Capt : 01 Aug 1975Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1976Acting Air Cmde : 02 Jan 1978Air Cmde : 01 Aug 1978
Acting AVM : 01 Jul 1983AVM : 01 Jul 1983
Training and Other Courses Attended
16 APFIC (Fg Offr) - 14 DSSC (Flt Lt) - 19 Aug 1961
Badges Qualified
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Wg Cdr

Gp Capt

Air Cmde

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 Oct 1958 - Flt LtAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Squadron Pilot
- 01 May 1966Sqn LdrNo.20 SquadronHindon Flight Commander
01 Oct 1966 - 27 Jul 1969Wg CdrOperational Training UnitJamnagar Commanding Officer
29 Jul 1969 - 03 Dec 1972Wg CdrNo.20 SquadronHindon/ Pathankot Commanding Officer
22 Jan 1973 - 30 Nov 1974Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
27 Oct 1975 - 18 Dec 1977Gp CaptFighter Training WingHakimpet Commanding Officer
22 Dec 1977 - 21 Dec 1979Air Cmde8 WingAdampur Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 1980 - 31 Dec 1980Air CmdeRoyal College of Defence StudiesLondon, UK Staff Course
23 Nov 1980 - 30 Jun 1983Air CmdeDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
01 Jul 1983 - 20 Mar 1985AVMAir Force AcademyDundigal Commandant
21 Mar 1985 - 28 Feb 1986AVMJammu & KashmirUdhampur Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrCecil Vivian Parker4346 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1970
Details :

Wine Commander Cecil Vivian Parker formed an operational training unit in October 1966 and was the Unit's first Commanding Officer. He is responsible for the high level of instructional technique, standardisation and quality of pupils that have passed through the unit. From its inception, the Unit has fulfilled two roles, viz. Training and Operational. Accomplishment of these two roles in the face of various difficulties was due to the high organising ability of Wing Commander Parker. It has been solely due to his efforts that the Unit successfully met all commitments with the highest utilisation rate of the aircraft and the lowest accident rate.

Throughout, Wing Commander Cecil Vivian Parker showed courage and exceptional devotion to duty.

Unit : OCU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 25th April 1970 - No.16 - Pres/70 dated 26th January 1970
Maha Vir Chakra
Wg CdrCecil Vivian Parker4346 F(P)Award Date 04 Dec 1971Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : Wing Commander Parker. the Officer Commanding to a fighter bomber squadron [No.20 Squadron, Hunters] led many deep penetration missions into enemy held territory attacking strongly defended targets. While returning from one such mission, his formation was attacked by enemy Sabre aircraft In the ensuing tight. Wing Commander Parker shot down one Sabre and heavily damaged another. In another mission, he attacked the enemy oil refinery at Attock, in the face of the most intense anti-aircraft and small arms tire. seriously damaging the refinery. In all his missions, the actions of Wing Commander Parker have been marked by great courage and determination, and he has been a shining example to the other pilots under his command. His leadership both in peace and war has been outstanding. He has displayed devotion to duty, bravery in the face of heavy enemy opposition and courage in leading many missions day after day.
Unit : 20 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
28 Oct 1952Tempest IIHA-596Plt Offr Cecil Vivian Parker
CTUbo after to from hak

Additional Notes

Remarks: Blue Skies Podcast Note added: 2022-01-15
Blue Skies Podcast:S1Ep18: CV Parker - Anecdotes from a legend of the IAF
Remarks: Brains Trust India Note added: 2021-12-08

Articles from Main Site

The Caterpillar Club by Air Vice Marshal C V Parker MVC VM -
The saving of Chander by AVM C V Parker (Retd) -

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