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Air Vice Marshal Eric Lionel Allen

Service No & Branch 4582 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: Commissioned: 14 Oct 1953 Course: 61 Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Feb 1990 Voluntary Retirement Died on 30 Apr 2011 Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Oct 1954Flt Lt : 14 Oct 1958Sqn Ldr : 14 Oct 1964Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1971
Acting Gp Capt : 23 Aug 1976Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1977Acting Air Cmde : 13 Jul 1981AVM : 01 May 1987
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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

01 Jul 1963 - Sqn LdrNo.2 Jet Training WingBidar Chief Flying Instructor
27 Jun 1965 - 10 Dec 1967Sqn LdrNo.108 SquadronPathankot/ Bagdogra/ Commanding Officer
- 01 Dec 1972Wg CdrTraining CommandBangalore Command Flying Training Officer
20 Jun 1977 - 09 Jul 1981Gp Capt507 Signal UnitSingharsi Station Commander
13 Jul 1981 - 08 Apr 1984Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Air Defence)
09 Apr 1986 - 24 Aug 1986Air Cmde28 WingHindan (Ghaziabad) Air Officer Commanding
28 Aug 1986 - 31 Jan 1987Air Cmde1 Air Defence Control CentreDelhi Air Officer Commanding
01 Feb 1987 - AVM1 Air Defence Control CentreDelhi Air Officer Commanding
19 Jan 1988 - 28 Feb 1990AVMAir Force AcademyDundigal Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrEric Lionel Allen4582 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1968
Details :

When both the Squadron Leader and the Flight Commander of a Squadron were killed in a fatal flying accident in July 1965, Squadron Leader Eric Lionel Allen took over the command of the Squadron. By working from dawn to dusk and at times even during the night, he successfully completed the task of operational training of the pilots in the Squadron, within a very short time. During the conflict with Pakistan in 1965, he undertook several difficult missions. In addition to the duties of Squadron Commander, he performed the duties of Officer-in-Charge of Flying at an airfield for a period of 15 months.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Eric Lionel Allen displayed courage and devotion to duty.

Unit : 108 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 8th June 1968 - No.35 - Pres/68 dated 26th January 1968
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeEric Lionel Allen4582 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1982Announced 26 Jan 1982
Details :

Air Commodore Eric Lionel Allen, VM was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in October, 1953. He was posted to a Fighter Squadron and on completion of his tenure was detailed to undergo the Flying Instructors Course. On completion of his Instructional tenure the officer held a number of varied posts, distinguishing himself not only by professional competence but also by outstanding administrative ability.

He commanded a front line fighter squadron where he accomplished enhanced operational preparedness and all round efficiency. Subsequently as the Command Training Officer (Flying) in Headquarters Training Command, Air Commodore Allen with meticulous planning and optimum utilisation of aircraft, manpower and equipment reshaped the training, achieving creditable results without compromise in the training standards.

In recent years Air Commodore Allen was in Command of an Operational Signals Unit. Immediately on taking over the unit he was faced with various Operational Maintenance and Administrative difficulties due to the unit's location, in extremely difficult terrain. Air Commodore Allen with great determination and unflinching devotion to duty organised the unit to meet the existing and changing challenges with limited resources at his disposal. With dedicated hard work, he brought the unit's operational effectiveness to its peak, despite constraints of communication, maintenance and manning. During his tenure there was a vast improvement in the operational functioning of the unit, in that the serviceability of radar was maintained at 99.2 per cent and outstanding categorisation of Fighter Controllers was achieved, by imparting continuous theoretical and practical training, and the Operation Room was re-organised to meet operational commitments.

Air Commodore Eric Lionel Allen, VM, has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19820126
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