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Wing Commander Vaidyanathan Krishnamurthy

Service No & Branch 4487 F(P)
Date of Birth: 17 Nov 1931 Commissioned: 01 Apr 1953 Course: 60 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 1979 Superannuated Died on 16 Nov 1987 (56 Years age) Flying Hours : 7500
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks : Re-employed till Nov 87.
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Apr 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1971
Training and Other Courses Attended
1 LDMC (Wg Cdr) - 01 Dec 1971
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

- 07 Oct 1958Flt LtAir Head QuartersDelhi 
30 Nov 1958 - 31 Jul 1960Flt LtAir Head QuartersDelhi 
01 Aug 1960 - Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram 
20 Dec 1969 - 10 Mar 1971Wg CdrTransport Training WingYelahanka Chief Instructor (Flying)
01 Aug 1971 - 31 Jul 1971Wg CdrElementary Flying SchoolBidar Chief Instructor
10 Oct 1973 - 30 Apr 1975Wg CdrNo.43 SquadronJorhat Commanding Officer
01 May 1975 - 30 Nov 1979Wg CdrTraining CommandBangalore SFTO2
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrVaidyanathan Krishnamurthy4487 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Wing Commander Vaidyanathan Krishnamurthy has been serving as the Chief Instructor at a Transport Training Wing since November, 1969. On the 1st March, 1971, he was detailed as Captain of an aircraft which was on a special mission to Jaypor Airfield. About two minutes after passing over the town of Rayaguda, Wing Commander Krishnamurthy saw smoke coming from the cowling of the port engine. Oil was also pouring out of the engine. He immediately reduced power on the affected engine and abandoned the climb. He noticed that the reduction of power also reduced the flow of smoke and oil. He thereupon decided to make an emergency landing at Rayaguda landing strip. Despite the defective engine, the difficult approaches and the short length available for the landing run, he made a safe landing, without any damage to the aircraft and its occupants.

Unit : TTW
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th May 1973 - No.28 - Pres/73 dated 26th January 1972

Additional Notes

Remarks: By Wg Cdr Shankar Krishnamurthy (17707-L) Ret'd Note added: 2017-12-09
He was an A2 QFI and an Examiner . He was the CI at Bidar and at TTW . He had completed Staff College and LDMC and was also decorated with VM ( Gallantry) . This award was in recognition of his safe single engine landing on an unprepared runway with the PM on board . When he did retire ( at the age of 48 ), the then AOC-in -C mentioned that there was no Transport pilot more qualified than him. My mother was more shattered than my father when he had to hang his boots. Although he had retired, I vividly remember dozens of his students and juniors visiting him on a regular basis and prostrating before him and seeking his blessings. My fathers younger brother Fg Offr V Ganesan was posthumously awarded Ashok Chakra and my brother in lawGo Capt JL Narayanan was awarded the Shaurya Chakra.I did try and emulate the illustrious aces in my family and joined the transport stream . I soon completed my QFI Course and took on the task of grooming the future pilots. I was commended by the CAS and had the maximum operational hours in the Siachen sector . I was the first in my peer group to Command a flying Unit ( HQTCCF ) . I did retire voluntarily (in 2005 ) after 20 glorious years in uniform . I continue to fly in Civil Aviation and today , in spite of having double the flying hours of my beloved father , I shall never be able to surpass his professionalism, fortitude and flying skills .

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