|Service No & Branch||5056 F(P)|
|Date of Birth: -- --- ----||Commissioned: 14 Jan 1956||Course: 67 Course||Entry Mode : JSW|
|Service End:||Retired on 14 Feb 1983|
|Qualifications Held :|
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|- 01 Dec 1971||Sqn Ldr||No.16 Squadron||Flight Commander|
|05 Feb 1975 - 04 Feb 1977||Wg Cdr||3 Battalion, National Defence Academy||Khadakvasla||Battalion Commander|
|24 Jan 1977 - 20 Dec 1979||Wg Cdr||230 Signal Unit||Amritsar||Station Commander|
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|Sqn Ldr||Suresh Damodar Karnik||5056 F(P)||Award Date||Announced 26 Jan 1972|
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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|
|Remarks: Awarded CAS Commendation Note added: 2009-02-08|
Commendation by Chief of Air Staff - 25th March 1960
"I am pleased to hear that on 13th August 1959, while landing a Hunter aircraft, you displayed presence of mind, judgement and excellent airmanship in saving the aircraft from damage when you were suddenly confronted with a difficult situation. I commend you for your able handling of the situation . I am directing that a note of this be made on your personal record" sd/- S.Mukerjee, Chief of Air Staff.
Wg Cdr Karnik was posted to No.20 Squadron at that time.