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Air Vice Marshal Krishna Narayana Pillai

Service No & Branch 4874 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 22 Apr 1933 Commissioned: 16 Apr 1955 Course: 65 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 1987 Superannuated Died on 26 Nov 2017 (84 Years age)
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1975Acting Gp Capt : 20 Jun 1977Gp Capt : 01 May 1978Acting Air Cmde : 11 Jan 1982
Training and Other Courses Attended
6 PAI (Fg Offr) - 30 Apr 196026 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 21 Nov 1970
Badges Qualified
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Air Cmde
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

01 May 1955 - 31 Aug 1955Plt OffrConversion Training UnitHakimpet Trainee
01 Nov 1955 - 31 Oct 1956Plt OffrNo.1 SquadronPalam Squadron Pilot
01 Nov 1956 - 01 Feb 1957Fg OffrNo.1 SquadronAdampur Squadron Pilot
01 Feb 1957 - 01 Aug 1958Fg OffrNo.27 SquadronAdampur Squadron Pilot
01 Aug 1958 - 01 Aug 1960Flt LtNo.27 SquadronAdampur/ Ambala Squadron Pilot
01 Sep 1960 - 01 Apr 1962Flt LtNo.14 SquadronAmbala/Halwara Squadron Pilot
01 May 1962 - 01 Apr 1965Flt LtAircrew Examination BoardHindan Flying Examiner
01 May 1965 - 30 Jun 1965Flt LtNo.23 SquadronAmbala Squadron Pilot
01 Aug 1965 - 30 Sep 1965Sqn LdrNo.2 SquadronHindon Squadron Pilot
01 Oct 1965 - 01 Oct 1966Sqn LdrAircrew Examination BoardHindan Flying Examiner
01 Nov 1966 - 30 Sep 1967Sqn LdrNo.22 SquadronBareilly Flight Commander
01 Oct 1967 - 01 Jan 1968Sqn LdrUSSR AFAF Base Taganrog Su-7 Conversion
01 Feb 1968 - 31 Dec 1969Sqn LdrNo.26 SquadronAdampur Flight Commander
01 Jan 1971 - 28 Feb 1972Sqn LdrCentral Air CommandBamrauli 
01 Mar 1972 - 30 Apr 1974Sqn LdrIraq AFIraq Flying Instructor
20 May 1974 - 14 Jun 1976Wg CdrNo.220 SquadronJodhpur Commanding Officer
01 Apr 1976 - 30 Apr 1977Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Director (Air Staff Inspection)
20 May 1977 - 31 Jul 1979Gp CaptNo 1 Operational Group (SWAC)Jodhpur Air-I
20 Aug 1979 - 08 Jan 1982Gp CaptTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Commandant
11 Jan 1982 - 29 Dec 1983Air Cmde32 WingJodhpur Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 1984 - 01 Dec 1984Air CmdeRoyal College of Defence StudiesLondon, UK Staff Course
23 Jan 1985 - 04 Feb 1986Air Cmde11 WingTezpur Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 1986 - 31 Dec 1986Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Air Staff Inspection)
01 Jan 1987 - 30 Apr 1987AVMMoDDelhi DPS
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptKrishna Narayana Pillai4874 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1980Announced 26 Jan 1980
Details :

Group Captain Krishna Narayana Pillai, (4874), Flying (Pilot), was commissioned in the Air Force in 1955 in the Flying (Pilot) Branch. Early in his career, he displayed his superior flying skill and was selected for the Pilot Attack Instructor's course. After successful completion of his training, he was employed on instructional duties for imparting Weapon Delivery techniques to pilots of fighter squadrons and luring that period there was a marked improvement in the Weapon Delivery accuracy of fighter squadrons. During the period of his assignment at the Aircrew Examining Board, he was responsible for motivating aircrew into accurate flying under diverse weather conditions.

In addition to his teaching and testing duties, he served as a Flight Commander in one of our frontline offensive air support squadrons. Thereafter, he has been in command of a premier fighter squadron for a full tenure and trained his squadron into a very effective fighting force. In recognition of his professional competence, he was posted as Deputy Director in the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. In this capacity, he was largely responsible for standardising operational techniques in our fighter squadrons and generating flight safety consciousness without sacrificing operational advantages. A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Group Captain Pillai has held an Air Staff appointment in an operational Command. In these duties, he has shown an equal amount of zeal and innovativenss in the operational planning entrusted to him. He has an excellent sense of anticipation and appreciation of air operations in general.

Group Captain Krishna Narayana Pillai has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19800126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
24 Oct 1981MiG-21 FLC-1173Gp Capt Krishna Narayana Pillai
TACDEEjected. Multiple em
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