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Air Marshal Pinnapakkam Masilamani Sundaram

Service No & Branch 4857 MED MR-00648
Date of Birth: 06 Nov 1931 Commissioned: 01 Mar 1955 Course:
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 1991 Superannuated Died on 13 Nov 2010 (79 Years age) Nick Name :
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Flt Lt : 01 Mar 1956Sqn Ldr : 01 Feb 1963Wg Cdr : 01 Sep 1971Acting Gp Capt : 01 Jan 1981
Gp Capt : 08 Aug 1980Air Cmde : 03 May 1985Acting AVM : 31 Oct 1987AVM : 30 Oct 1987
Acting Air Marshal : 30 Apr 1990Air Marshal : 01 Jan 1990
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Oct 1956 - 30 Sep 1958Flt LtAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Medical Officer
01 Sep 1984 - 10 Mar 1985Gp CaptInstitution of Aviation MedicineBangalore Commandant
11 Mar 1985 - 23 Feb 1986Air CmdeInstitution of Aviation MedicineBangalore Commandant
01 Aug 1987 - 31 Oct 1987Air CmdeCommand Hospital, Air ForceBangalore Commandant
31 Oct 1987 - 29 Apr 1990AVMCommand Hospital, Air ForceBangalore Commandant
01 Jan 1990 - 30 Nov 1991Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Director General Medical Services (Air)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptPinnapakkam Masilamani Sundaram4857 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1982Announced 26 Jan 1982
Details : Group Captain Pinnapakkam Masilamani Sundaram joined the Air Force Medical Service on 1st March, 1955. While in service he successfully completed the Diploma in Public Health from Osmania University Hyderabad in 1965 and the MD Degree in General Medicine from Madras University in 1974. He is a specialist in Aviation Medicine since 1962. He was awarded the Chief of the Air Staff Medal for being the best student in Aviation Medicine in the primary courses. He was deputed to undergo the Advance Aerospace Medicine Course at the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Texas, USA in 1968 where he obtained special training in Acceleration Physiology.

Group Captain P. M. Sundaram has held a wide variety of appointments as a specialist medical officer in the Indian Air Force. He has been in charge of the Department of Acceleration Physiology at the Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bangalore from 1969 to 1971 and again from 1973 to 1975. During his tenure at the Institute of Aviation Medicine he has carried out many research projects independently which are of direct benefit to the Air Force. His work led to the standardisation of the technique of determination of G threshold of pilots which is currently being followed. In this study he was also able to establish a correlation between Pilot's G threshold and their anthropometric measurements. Group Captain P.M. Sundaram completed the project on design and development of the Universal cockpit at the Institute of Aviation Medicine which is a versatile tool for human engineering problems in relation to fitness of aircrew with disabilities.

During his tenure as DPMO (Aviation Medicine) at Western Air Command, Group Captain Sundaram was responsible for streamlining the Casualty Air Evacuation Procedures and was instrumental in bringing out the publication of Casualty Air Evacuation which is still in current use. He carried out a survey of survival packs with a view to provide aircrew with all survival aids in the event of an emergency situation. Similarly he also carried out a detailed study of use of ear defenders by personnel so as to contribute to the hearing conservation programme of the Air Force.

Group Captain P. M. Sundaram has also successfully completed the tenure as Officerin­Charge Aero Bio Engineering Unit in the R & D Organisation. During his tenure he was responsible for the development and indigenisation of various items of flying clothing, safety and survival equipment. More particularly it was during his tenure that indigenous oxygen masks were produced in bulk thus saving valuable foreign exchange. Specific requirement of development of G loaded helmet for the Ajeet Aircraft was carried out under his guidance and supervision.

Group Captain P.M. Sundaram has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19820126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPinnapakkam Masilamani Sundaram4857 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1992Announced 26 Jan 1992
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Air Marshal Pinnapakkam Masilamani Sundaram was commissioned in the Air Force Medical Services on the 1st March, 1955. The entire service career of this illustrious Air Officer has been marked with academic brilliance, excellent performance in field and staff appointments and total dedication to service.

Armed with wide-ranging qualifications in the field of General and Aviation Medicine, the Air Officer held various appointments wherein he successfully carried out projects requiring extensive medicine and aviation interface. One of these was a project on design and development of the universal cockpit at the Institute of Aviation Medicine at Bangalore. The project now serves as a versatile tool for human engineering problems relating to fitness of aircrew with disabilities. In addition, the Air Officer also served two distinguished tenures as Head of the Department of Acceleration Physiology at this prestigious institution.

Later, as Deputy Principal Medical Officer (Aviation Medicine) at HQ Western Air Command, the Air Officer brought about innovative changes in the aircrew survival pack and casualty air evacuation procedures. Further, during his tenure as the Officer-inCharge Aero-Bio Engineering unit in the R&D Organisation, the Air Officer was instrumental in the development and indigenisation of various items of flying clothing including oxygen masks which led to vital savings in foreign exchange.

Appointed Air Officer Commanding of Aviation Medicine in 1985, the Air Officer provided remarkable leadership in the growth of professional knowledge of the IAF's medical community as a whole, besides several aviation and human-engineering related projects.

Air Officer was appointed Commandant of the Air Force Hospital, Bangalore in 1987 in the rank of Air Vice Marshal. Here, he provided the much needed guidance in the treatment of a large number of OP “Pawan" casualties.

Before his retirement from service as the Director General of Medical Services, Air Force, Air Marshal Sundaram has effectively used his vast professional expertise and experience in successfully tackling aviationmedico problems.

Air Marshal Pirtnapakkam Masilamani Sundaram, AVSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19920126
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