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Air Marshal Kshirode Krishna Sen

Service No & Branch 4495 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 01 Mar 1933 Commissioned: 01 Apr 1953 Course: 60 Course
Service End: Retired on 18 Sep 1990 Voluntary Retirement Died on 12 Dec 2004 (71 Years age) Nick Name : Koko
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A1
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Apr 1954Flt Lt : 01 Apr 1958Sqn Ldr : 01 Apr 1964Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1971
Acting Gp Capt : 23 Aug 1976Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1977Acting Air Cmde : 26 Mar 1979Air Cmde : 01 Nov 1979
AVM : 15 Nov 1984
Training and Other Courses Attended
3 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Dec 195116 APFIC (Fg Offr) - 22 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1982
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

- Flt LtConversion Training UnitHakimpet Flying Instructor
01 Jan 1961 - 01 Jan 1962Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
02 Jul 1968 - 30 Jul 1971Wg CdrNo.221 Squadron Commanding Officer
16 Feb 1976 - 25 Mar 1979Gp Capt5 WingKalaikunda Station Commander
- 01 Dec 1980Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Flight Safety)
- 01 Aug 1983Air CmdeSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur Air-I
26 Mar 1979 - 11 Feb 1980Air Cmde5 WingKalaikunda Air Officer Commanding
15 Nov 1984 - 20 Apr 1986AVMPSO: Inspection & Safety, Air HQDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Flight Safety & Inspection
21 Apr 1986 - 27 Jan 1988AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Inspection
15 Jul 1987 - No.221 Squadron Commodore Commandant
28 Jan 1988 - 30 Jun 1989Air MarshalPSO: Inspection & Safety, Air HQDelhi Inspector General (Inspection & Safety)
01 Jul 1989 - 31 May 1990Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrKshirode Krishna Sen4495 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1968
Details :

Squadron Leader Kshirode Krishna Sen has flown a total of nearly 3500 hours which includes 250 hours on single engined aircraft during night and 1600 hours on instructional duties. On the 10th March 1962, while an instructional duties on an aircraft, he found that the ailerons had jammed and the aircraft went into a spiral. He skillfully managed to get the ailerons free by inducing excessive skid and rocking motion and this saved the aircraft and precious lives. He displayed similar remarkable skill in saving a Hunter aircraft when it was hit by a bird. Once again, he showed remarkable professional skill in saving a Vampire aircraft when there was rear bearing failure during a cross country flight.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Kshirode Krishna Sen displayed professional skill courage and devotion to duty.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India dated 8th June 1968 - No.35 - Pres/68 dated 26th January 1968
Bar to Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrKshirode Krishna Sen4495 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1970
Details :

On 27th February 1969, Wing Commander Kshirode Krishna Sen was flying a jet, giving preƂĀ­solo instruction to a trainee pilot under conversion. While on the final approach, about ten kilometers away from the airfield, the aircraft engine suddenly flamed out. He immediately took control of the rapidly sinking aircraft and ordered the trainee pilot to eject. The ejection process jeopardised his own safety because it blackened the periscope and totally cut out his front view. In spite of this, with determination and courage he kept direction and control of the aircraft and eventually crash-landed it at the airfield. Thus, he not only saved the lives of many civilians on the ground but also made it possible for the administration to investigate the cause of the engine failure and take remedial action.

Throughout, Wine Commander Kshirode Krishna Sen displayed courage and devotion to duty.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India dated 25th April 1970 - No.16 - Pres/70 dated 26th January 1970
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrKshirode Krishna Sen4495 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1979Announced 26 Jan 1979
Details :

Group Captain Kshirode Krishan Sen was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 1st April, 1953. He has held a variety of appointments during his long and distinguished career which was recognised by the grant of award of Vayu Sena Medal and Bar to Vayu Sena Medal. He was in Command of an operational Squadron during 1968-71 where he acquitted himself creditably. In January, 1976, when he took over Command of a major operational Station where pilots were trained for conversion on to fighter aircraft, there was a large accumulation of aircraft, awaiting inspection. By dint of his effective planning of the maintenance activities, he not only cleared the backlog of work within a few months but also succeeded in implementing comprehensive programme of job training for technical personnel which led to a great improvement in the maintenance standards of aircraft and safety of operations. These maintenance and operating procedures were even taken note of for adoption at other units.

He worked with similar zeal and ingenuity and ensured that the training schedule of pilots on conversion was adhered to despite the low serviceability of the training aircraft. He thus substantially contributed towards the operational readiness of the fighting element. In 1977, it was decided to activate an Air-to-Air live firing range for all the fighter squadrons of the Indian Air Force. This range was located within the jurisdiction of his Station which lacked many resources to meet the additional commitment. Despite these limitations, he met the assigned task to the entire satisfaction of all the operational Commands.

He introduced new welfare measures to make a congenial living at the base. He provided, among other amenities, additional married accommodation by converting, at very little cost, buildings fit for residential purposes, which had remained unoccupied for want of repairs. As a result, the morale of officers and men and civilian staff under his command has always been high.

Group Captain Kshirode Krishna Sen has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19790126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
27 Feb 1969Sukhoi-7UWg Cdr Kshirode Krishna Sen
Flt Lt Rattan Lal Bamzai
At Bareilly. Flt Lt
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