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Air Commodore Kambiranda Muthanna Ponnappa

Service No & Branch 4503 F(P) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 01 Apr 1953 Course: 60 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 1986 Superannuated
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Apr 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1971Acting Gp Capt : 16 Aug 1977Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1978
Air Cmde : 01 Aug 1981
Badges Qualified
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Wg Cdr
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

- Wg CdrNo.19 Squadron Commanding Officer
- Wg CdrNo.64 Squadron Commanding Officer
04 Oct 1974 - 24 Jul 1977Wg Cdr29 WingBamrauli (Allahabad) Station Commander
08 Aug 1977 - 15 Aug 1977Wg CdrNo.44 SquadronChandigarh Commanding Officer
18 Aug 1977 - 12 Aug 1980Gp CaptNo.44 SquadronChandigarh Commanding Officer
18 Aug 1980 - 04 Jan 1983Air CmdeAFS JalahalliBengaluru Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt LtKambiranda Muthanna Ponnappa4503 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1964
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Kambiranda Muthanna Ponnappa has been operating with transport units in J & K area since 1955, and has flown a total of about 700 operational hours in this area. He was one of the pilots who flew out heavy and cumbersome engineer stores and vehicles to the forward areas. He carried out 25 such missions successfully. As these loads were not capable of ejection in the air, each landing sortie was fraught with grave danger. He also carried out about 250 supply dropping sorties in that area.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Ponnappa has displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

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Reference : Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964.
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