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Group Captain Diba Kar Ghose

Service No & Branch 4797 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 01 Mar 1935 Commissioned: 17 Jul 1954 Course: 64 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 May 1986 Voluntary Retirement Died on 28 Feb 2015 (80 Years age) Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 06 Nov 1955Flt Lt : 06 Nov 1959Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1974Acting Gp Capt : 01 Nov 1980
Gp Capt : 08 Dec 1981
Training and Other Courses Attended
6 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Jun 19534 LDMC (Wg Cdr) - 30 Jun 1974
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
- 01 Dec 1977Wg CdrNo.19 Squadron Commanding Officer
15 Jan 1973 - 07 Nov 1973Wg CdrTransport Training WingYelahanka Chief Instructor (Flying)
21 Mar 1982 - 03 Jan 1984Gp CaptParatrooper Training SchoolAgra Commanding Officer
04 Nov 1984 - 31 May 1986Gp CaptNo.12 SquadronAgra Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptDiba Kar Ghose4797 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1986
Details :

Group Captain Bibakar Ghose (4797) Flying (Pilot) was deputed as the Packet Task Force Commander for participating in Op Meghdoot at the stage of it launching in Apr 84. Gp Capt Ghose had to plan and execute the arduous task of air maintenance by Packet a/c in the Siachien Glacier area. The flying environment in the glacier is perhaps one of the most difficult areas in the world. This mountainous terrain covered with snow round the year experiences the worst of weather conditions like snow, blizzard, severe turbulence. As the Commander of the task force which was called up to operate in such a terrain, Gp Capt Ghose displayed exemplary qualities of leadership. Notwithstanding the difficulties in servicing the old vintage machines, the task force carried out a commendable job in achieving the task allotted at the beginning of operations. He and his boys flew a number of sorties in the proximity of enemy territory with possible intervention by enemy fighter, over those unchartered areas and with professional skill of the highest order he could deliver the urgently required supplies to the ground forces deployed in various parts of the glacier. To cap it up, the Dropping Zone in the area become frequently unmarked as the marking get obliterated quite often due to blizzards and snow. In the all white environment, flying on the fringes of performance limits of the aircraft and dropping at unmarked DZs under various weather conditions require all the courage and skill from the aircrew. Gp Capt Ghose displayed abundance of it and carefully planned training of other junior pilots to undertake these sorties. The most difficult task was made to look very routine and this was possible through determination and high sense of duty on the part of Gp Capt Ghose. The task force continues to carry out air maintenance in the Siachien Glacier.

When assigned the task of carrying out first ever night cross country to Leh and night landing there, the officer with his vast flying experience and outstanding professional ability, meticulously planned the night mission from Srinagar to Leh and back. On 13 Jul 84 Gp Capt Dibakar Ghose took off from Srinagar and airfield at 2230 hrs displaying great sense of commitment, captain of Packet aircraft and successfully landed the a/c at Leh at midnight.

He has displayed outstanding courage, qualities of leadership unmatched professional competence and devotion to duty in best traditions of the INDIAN AIR FORCE. The President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Group Captain Dibakar Ghose.

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Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th April 1986 - No.36-Pres/86 dated 26th January 1986
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