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Wing Commander Suresh Damodar Karnik

Service No & Branch 5056 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 14 Jan 1956 Course: 67 Course
Service End: Retired on 14 Feb 1983 Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Jan 1957Flt Lt : 14 Jan 1961Sqn Ldr : 14 Jan 1967Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1976
Training and Other Courses Attended
8 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1954
Badges Qualified
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Wg Cdr
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 Dec 1971Sqn LdrNo.16 Squadron Flight Commander
05 Feb 1975 - 04 Feb 1977Wg Cdr3 Battalion, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Battalion Commander
24 Jan 1977 - 20 Dec 1979Wg Cdr230 Signal UnitAmritsar Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrSuresh Damodar Karnik5056 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Suresh Damodar Karnik served as Flight Commander of a Bomber Squadron. He flew six very important and difficult missions, by day as well as by night in the Western and the Eastern Sector. These missions involved day and night bombing raids over enemy airfields and interdiction of enemy boats by day. The interdiction missions were flown against a large volume of flak, resulting in damage to his aircraft by enemy fire. Despite this, he pressed home his attacks and claimed a number of enemy boats destroyed. He also carried out a day bombing raid over Chittagong airfield in the fact of heavy Ack Ack fire. During this mission, he bombed and destroyed a large P.O.L. dump, which was seen to catch fire, by subsequent aircraft. Throughout the operations, in addition to flying his share of missions, he shouldered the burden of supervision of missions and the administration of the flight.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Suresh Damodar Karnik displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 16 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972
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