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Wing Commander Austin Lester Mendanha

Service No & Branch 4710 F(P)
Date of Birth: 08 Jul 1933 Commissioned: 17 Jul 1954 Course: 63 Course Entry Mode : Airmen
Service End: Retired on 14 Jun 1975 Voluntary Retirement Died on 27 Oct 2016 (83 Years age)
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Jul 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1973
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

13 Jan 1968 - 13 Aug 1970Sqn LdrNo.59 SquadronChabua Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtAustin Lester Mendanha4710 GD(P)Award Date 28 Oct 1962Announced 26 Jan 1964
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Austin Lester Mendanha has been operating with a transport squadron in Jammu & Kashmir area since July 1959. He has carried out about 1400 hours of operational flying on supply-dropping and transport operations. He has also carried out proving flights to our most difficult and advance landing grounds in this area.

On the 28th October, 1962, when the weather was very bad and it was snowing all around Saserbarangazer area, Flt Lt Mendanha in complete disregard of his personal safety, successfully carried out airdrops of vital supplies to our forward posts. Flying as many as 100 hours in a month.,

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

Unit : 43 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964.
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