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Air Marshal Partha Kumar Dey

Service No & Branch 4404 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 30 Mar 1934 Commissioned: 17 Jan 1953 Course: 59 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1992 Superannuated Died on 10 Jan 2014 (80 Years age) Nick Name : Abdul
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Jan 1954Flt Lt : 17 Jan 1958Sqn Ldr : 17 Jan 1964Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1970
Acting Gp Capt : 05 Jan 1976Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1976Acting Air Cmde : 02 Jan 1978Air Cmde : 25 Sep 1978
Acting AVM : 10 Aug 1983AVM : 01 Dec 1983Air Marshal : 29 Jul 1986C-in-C : 01 Aug 1988
Training and Other Courses Attended
2 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Jun 195117 NDC (Gp Capt) - 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 Aug 1955 - 31 Dec 1956Fg OffrNo.10 SquadronPalam Squadron Pilot
01 Dec 1956 - Fg OffrNo.10 SquadronPalam Squadron Pilot
- 01 Dec 1957Flt LtEmpire Test Pilots School, UKFarnborough Test Pilot Course 16th Course
23 Oct 1959 - Flt LtHALBangalore Test Pilot
01 Jun 1967 - Wg Cdr1 Air Defence Control CentreAmbala Chief Operations Officer
04 Nov 1967 - 20 Dec 1967Wg CdrNo.32 SquadronAmbala Commanding Officer
15 Jan 1968 - 23 Dec 1968Wg CdrNo.23 SquadronPathankot Commanding Officer
23 Dec 1968 - 10 Jan 1971Wg CdrNo.8 SquadronAmbala Commanding Officer
06 Mar 1972 - 09 Dec 1972Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
01 Feb 1973 - 04 Jan 1976Wg CdrAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore Chief Test Pilot
04 Jan 1976 - 29 Aug 1976Gp Capt15 WingBareilly Station Commander
01 Jan 1978 - 01 Jul 1979Air CmdeAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore Commandant
01 Nov 1979 - 01 Aug 1982Air CmdeEmbassy of India, USAWashington Air Attache
09 Oct 1982 - 02 Aug 1983Air Cmde11 WingTezpur Air Officer Commanding
10 Aug 1983 - 07 Jan 1985AVM1 Air Defence Control CentreDelhi Air Officer Commanding
01 Feb 1985 - 01 Jul 1986AVMAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore Commandant
- 31 Jul 1988Air MarshalIntegrated Defence StaffDelhi Director General (Defence Planning Staff)
28 Jul 1986 - 02 Nov 1986Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
03 Nov 1986 - 13 Jul 1987Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Chief of Staff
01 Aug 1988 - 31 Mar 1992Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrPartha Kumar Dey4404 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1975Announced 26 Jan 1975
Details :

Wing Commander Partha Kumar Dey was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in January, 1953. He has been on the posted strength of Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment since February, 1973, as the Chief Test Pilot. He has been associated with Flight Testing assignments since 1958. As a test pilot, he has held many important posts such as the Indian Air Force representative Test Pilot with Folland Aircraft Ltd. for the Gnat Development and as Test Pilot with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the development of indigenous aircraft. He has participated in the flight test development of a number of prototype such as Gnat, Marut, Kiran, Pushpak, Krishak and Jet Packet. He has made an extremely valuable contribution to the design and development of aircraft and systems within the country. He has flown various types of aircraft which included evaluation of a number of supersonic advanced aircraft of widely varying designs. He has flown 1100 hours on flight testing of indigenous aircraft and equipment. During his tenures as test pilot he has been in a number of difficult and hazardous situations. He has coped successfully with the situations without a single incident of loss or damage to the aircraft and equipment under development. He has successfully commanded two operational squadrons. He has also been on the Directing Staff of the Defence Services Staff College. In the present appointment as the Chief Test Pilot, he has shown extreme devotion to duty and made an outstanding contribution to the aeronautical development in the country in general and flight testing in particular.

Throughout, Wing Commander Partha Kumar Dey has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19750126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPartha Kumar Dey4404 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1988Announced 26 Jan 1988
Details :

Air Marshal Partha Kumar Dey, was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in January, 1953. In his long and distinguished career spread over 34 years, he has held important command and staff appointments. A graduate of National Defence College, he has held the prestigious assignment of Directing Staff of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

After a successful tenure as Air Attaché in USA he took over Command of a major Fighter Base. Under his inspiring leadership and guidance, the station was brought to a new peak of operational preparedness. He also effected noticeable improvement in the administrative, sports and welfare facilities of the station.

On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal in July 1986 he was posted as Senior Air Staff Officer of Eastern Air Command and later Chief of Staff at Western Air Command. In both these appointments he was instrumental in enhancing the operational preparedness and combat capability of various elements of both the Commands by virtue of his own professional competence, deep knowledge of Air Operations and dynamic approach to solving problems. His current appointment as Director General of the newly created Defence Planning Staff is a further testimony to his analytical and conceptual capabilities.

Air Marshal Partha Kumar Dey, AVSM has thus rendered distinguished service of the exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19880126

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