|Service No & Branch||4429 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))||Stream :Fighters|
|Date of Birth: 25 Oct 1931||Commissioned: 17 Jan 1953||Course: 59 Course|
|Service End:||Retired on 31 Oct 1989 Superannuated Died on 15 Apr 2023 (92 Years age)||Nick Name : Gabbu|
|Qualifications Held :|
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|- 31 Aug 1967||Sqn Ldr||No.37 Squadron||Flight Commander|
|01 Jul 1963 - 01 Dec 1965||Sqn Ldr||Charlie Sqn, National Defence Academy||Khadakvasla||Squadron Commander|
|21 Sep 1967 - 11 May 1970||Wg Cdr||No.10 Squadron||Jamnagar/ Pune||Commanding Officer|
|12 May 1970 - 16 Apr 1972||Wg Cdr||230 Signal Unit||Amritsar||Station Commander|
|25 May 1976 - 09 Apr 1978||Gp Capt||501 Signal Unit||Barnala||Station Commander|
|12 Apr 1978 - 26 Dec 1979||Air Cmde||11 Wing||Tezpur||Air Officer Commanding|
|03 Jan 1981 - 15 Oct 1982||Air Cmde||18 Wing||Pathankot||Air Officer Commanding|
|01 Dec 1982 - 30 Nov 1983||Air Cmde||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Director, Offensive Operations|
|01 Dec 1983 - 30 Aug 1985||AVM||Training Command||Bangalore||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|01 Sep 1985 - 31 Oct 1986||AVM||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Director, Intelligence|
|03 Nov 1986 - 15 Dec 1987||Air Marshal||Eastern Air Command||Shillong||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|21 Dec 1987 - 31 Oct 1989||Air Marshal||Southern Air Command||Trivandrum||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
|24 Jan 1989 -||No.10 Squadron||Commodore Commandant|
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|Ati Vishist Seva Medal|
|Wg Cdr||Gandharva Sen||4429 GD(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1971||Announced 26 Jan 1971|
|Details :|| |
Wing Commander Gandharva Sen was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in January 1953. He attended the Pilots Conversion Course in 1953 and Flying Instructors Course in 1958. In 1967, he was appointed to command an operational Squadron. His squadron has been reÃ‚Âequipped with a new type of aircraft. He has rendered valuable service towards the training of the air and ground crew of the Squadron. He has successfully developed new standard operating procedures and operational tactics for the aircraft. He has also made valuable suggestions to improve the operational capability and flight safety of the aircraft.
|Reference : GoI19710126|
|Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)|
|Wg Cdr||Gandharva Sen||4429 F(P)||Award Date||Announced 26 Jan 1972|
|Details :|| |
During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Wing Commander Gandharva Sen was commanding a Signal Unit. His unit stopped functioning only once despite the fact that it was subjected to twenty-nine enemy air attacks. Even on that one occasion, the disruption of power supply and damage to the equipment was rectified in about half an hour. When his Unit was called upon to perform the additional role of Air Defence Direction Centre, he rendered valuable assistance in arranging air defence of the tactical areas, protection of our own aircraft on offensive missions and organising aggressive action over enemy territory in the form of sweeps. Apart from the operational tasks directly connected with the Unit, he also carried out the task of training a large number of personnel from the Air Force to enable them to man the low level reporting system which functioning very well during hostilities.
Throughout, Wing Commander Gandharva Sen displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duly.
|Unit : 230 SU|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 7th October 1972 - No.108 - Pres/72 dated 23rd September 1972|
|Param Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Marshal||Gandharva Sen||4429 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1990||Announced 26 Jan 1990|
|Details :|| |
Air Marshal Gandharva Sen was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in January, 1953. A graduate from the National Defence College, he has held a variety of important command and staff appointments during his long service career.
In 1981 he took over command of a major forward fighter base. Under his inspiring leadership and guidance, the station was brought up to the highest level of operational preparedness. He also made significant improvements in the administrative infrastructure, support services and the welfare facilities.
On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal in November, 1986 he took over as Senior Air Staff Officer of an Operational Air Command. In this assignment, he again brought to bear his professional excellence and dedication and was instrumental in augmenting the combat capability of different elements of the Command, thereby enhancing the overall operational effectiveness of the IAF.
In his present appointment as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of an operational air command, his dynamism, dedication and managerial skills were brought to bear on the entire range of air operations in Sri Lanka. Because of his inspiring leadership, induction of and logistic support for the Indian Peace Keeping Force was planned and executed with meticulous precision and efficiency. The successful conduct of air operations in Maldives is another remarkable achievement of Air Marshal Sen. His meticulous planning and its precise execution was a brilliant example of rapid response in strategic deployment of our troops and resources.
Air Marshal Gandharva Sen, AVSM, VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
|Reference : GoI19900126|
|Date||Aircraft Type||Tail No||Pilot/Crew||Unit||Remarks|
|23 Mar 1959||Harvard T-6||Flt Cdt Amar Nath Deodhar +|
Flt Lt Gandharva Sen
|AFFC||The a/c failed to re|