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Air Vice Marshal Vidya Bhushan Vashist

Service No & Branch 4584 F(P) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 14 Oct 1953 Course: 61 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 1987 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Oct 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1971Acting Gp Capt : 23 Aug 1976Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1977
Acting Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1980Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1980AVM : 01 May 1985
Training and Other Courses Attended
21 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 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

10 Aug 1958 - Fg OffrNo.35 SquadronPune Squadron Pilot
25 Aug 1971 - 17 May 1974Wg CdrNo.44 SquadronChandigarh Commanding Officer
- Gp Capt3 WingPalam (Delhi) Station Commander
01 Apr 1980 - 31 Dec 1980Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Maha Vir Chakra
Wg CdrVidya Bhushan Vashist4584 F(P)Award Date 03 Dec 1971Announced 18 Dec 1971
Details : Wing Commander Vasisht, the Commanding Officer of an operational squadron [No.44 Squadron, Antonov An-12] , led a group of heavy bombers of his squadron to attack an important enemy fuel and ammunition dump at Changa Manga forest on the night of December 3. 1971. In spite of very heavy enemy ground fire. the pressed home the attack, and caused severe damage to the target. Again, on the next night, he led another raid to the same target and succeeded in causing further heavy damage in the face of intense enemy ground fire. On the night of December 5, 1971, he led a formation of his bombers, this time to attack enemy positions in the Haji Pir Pass in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The difficulties and dangers of this operation were due as much to the great volume of ground fire in the target area, as to the hazards of flying his large aircraft and leading his formation at low level through mountainous terrain. In spite of these hazards. Wing Commander Vasisht pressed home tha attack and achieved marked success in hitting the enemy's positions. In addition to these, he had led many other missions deep into enemy territory where opposition could be expected from fighter aircraft and anti-aircraft fire. In all these raids Wing Commander Vasisht completed the tasks to him without any loss to our aircraft. He has displayed inspired leadership, exceptional devotion to duly, and conspicuous bravery in repeatedly leading attacks against heavily defended enemy targets, night after night.
Unit : 44 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrVidya Bhushan Vashist4584 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1975
Details :

Wing Commander Vidya Bhushan Vasisht was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in October, 1953. He has been serving as the Commanding Officer of a Squadron since August, 1971. He was awarded Maha Vir Chakra for his acts of gallantry during IndoPak Conflict in 1971. During the year, 1973, the Squadron had shown outstanding improvement in all-round efficiency. Not only had the Squadron completed its monthly Air maintenance tasks but had also accomplished all the transport support missions and addi ­tional commitments given to his Squadron efficiently in spite of handicaps. Simultaneously, aircrew training was vigorously progressed and a high percentage of aircrew was brought to fully operational state. In addition to the Command of his own Squadron, Wing Commander Vasisht was also responsible for the co­ordination and planning of all air maintenance tasks allotted to his Wing. He was also primarily responsible for rewriting the complete standard operating procedure for air maintenance in his area and also the procedures for paratrooping in unfamiliar areas. Wing Commander Vasisht has brought the Squadron to its present state of efficiency by sheer hard work, perseverance and determination.

Throughout Wing Commander Vidya Bhushan Vasisht displayed courage, professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

Unit : 44 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 21st February 1975 - No.16 - Pres/75 dated 26th January 1975

Additional Notes

Remarks: DD Archives Note added: 2019-10-11

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