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Wing Commander Purnchandra Madhavrao Takle

Service No & Branch 4707 F(P)
Date of Birth: 18 Feb 1935 Commissioned: 17 Jul 1954 Course: 63 Course
Service End: Died in Service 29 Mar 1972 (37 Years age) Aircraft Loss Canberra B(I) 58 at Gorak
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Jul 1955
Training and Other Courses Attended
5 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Dec 195221 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 14 Jul 1966
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

03 Mar 1972 - 29 Mar 1972Wg CdrNo.16 SquadronGorakhpur Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrPurnchandra Madhavrao Takle4707 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1973
Details :

Wing Commander Purnachandra Madhav Rao Takle was Flight Commander in a bomber squadron from1 February 1969 to March 1972 and assumed the command of Squadron in March 1972. During the period of his stay in the Squadron, he worked most diligently to improve the operational readiness of the Squadron.

During the operations in December, 1971, he carried out seven very vital and dangerous missions, covering both the Eastern and Western Sectors, involving deep penetration into the enemy territory. These missions included night interdiction by the light of flares and bombing raids against heavily defended enemy airfields. Besides carrying more operational missions than any other pilot in the unit, he supervised operational planning and aircraft servicing activities with exemplary keenness and determination. He was killed in a flying accident on 29th March, 1972.

Throughout, Wing Commander Purnachandra Madhav Rao Takle displayed courage, leadership and devotion to duty.

Unit : 16 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
29 Mar 1972Canberra B(I) 58Wg Cdr Purnchandra Madhavrao Takle +
Sqn Ldr Suresh Chaubal +
16 SqnMAC with Wingman ove
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