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Air Marshal Gandharva Sen

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 :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Jan 1954Flt Lt : 17 Jan 1958Sqn Ldr : 17 Jan 1964Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1970
Acting Gp Capt : 23 Aug 1976Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1976Acting Air Cmde : 17 Apr 1978Air Cmde : 29 Aug 1979
Acting AVM : 02 Jan 1984AVM : 21 May 1984Air Marshal : 03 Nov 1986C-in-C : 21 Dec 1987
Training and Other Courses Attended
20 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1980
Badges Qualified
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Gp Capt
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

- 31 Aug 1967Sqn LdrNo.37 Squadron Flight Commander
01 Jul 1963 - 01 Dec 1965Sqn LdrCharlie Sqn, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Squadron Commander
21 Sep 1967 - 11 May 1970Wg CdrNo.10 SquadronJamnagar/ Pune Commanding Officer
12 May 1970 - 16 Apr 1972Wg Cdr230 Signal UnitAmritsar Station Commander
25 May 1976 - 09 Apr 1978Gp Capt501 Signal UnitBarnala Station Commander
12 Apr 1978 - 26 Dec 1979Air Cmde11 WingTezpur Air Officer Commanding
03 Jan 1981 - 15 Oct 1982Air Cmde18 WingPathankot Air Officer Commanding
01 Dec 1982 - 30 Nov 1983Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Offensive Operations
01 Dec 1983 - 30 Aug 1985AVMTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Sep 1985 - 02 Nov 1986AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Intelligence
03 Nov 1986 - 15 Dec 1987Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
21 Dec 1987 - 31 Oct 1989Air MarshalSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrGandharva Sen4429 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1971Announced 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 re­equipped 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.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19710126
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrGandharva Sen4429 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 MarshalGandharva Sen4429 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1990Announced 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.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19900126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
23 Mar 1959Harvard T-6Flt Cdt Amar Nath Deodhar +
Flt Lt Gandharva Sen
AFFCThe a/c failed to re

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