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Air Commodore Venkatraman Shankar

Service No & Branch 5197 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: 24 Oct 1935 Commissioned: 25 Aug 1956 Course: 69 Course
Service End: Retired on 18 Mar 1988 Died on 08 May 2014 (79 Years age) Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 25 Aug 1957Flt Lt : 25 Aug 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1977Acting Gp Capt : 12 May 1980
Gp Capt : 04 Nov 1980Air Cmde : 16 Jul 1985
Training and Other Courses Attended
10 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 19556 LDMC (Sqn Ldr) - 30 Jun 197626 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1986
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jun 1962 - 01 Mar 1967Flt LtAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Squadron Pilot
29 Apr 1976 - Wg CdrNo.49 Squadron Commanding Officer
12 May 1980 - 20 Oct 1983Gp Capt17 WingGorakhpur Station Commander
17 Dec 1984 - 03 Jan 1986Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops, Trans & Ma
29 Dec 1986 - 18 Mar 1988Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops, Trans & Ma
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrVenkatraman Shankar5197 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1979
Details :

Wing Commander Venkataraman Shankar has been the Officer Commanding of a Packet Squadron since 29th April, 1976. Ever since he took over Command of the Squadron, he realised the need to activate his team into a wellknit and cohesive force. As a result, the Squadron has been able to meet all operational and training Commitments that were entrusted to it and has achieved an excellent state of operational status. A man with strong love for flying and decisive and poised in handling emergencies, he was successful in maintaining the morale of the officers and men of his Squadron very high. As a pilot, he has to his credit a total of 6800 hours of accident/incident free flying and 3900 hours of purely operational flying in both Eastern and Northern Sectors. He stands fully qualified for operations in J&K, Ladakh, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh where flying calls for the most stringent standards of professional competence and acumen. By his keen insight into the working of men and material and capability to quickly anlayse situations, he has been able to bring the aircraft serviceability state of his Squadron to an all time high. It is during his stewardship that the Squadron has been adjudged the best Squadron for Flight Safety and has been awarded the Flight Safety Trophy for the year 1977. He has achieved the highest 'A' /Master Green on three different aircraft and has maintained this status for the past 14 years.

Wing Commander Venkataraman Shankar has thus displayed leadership, high professional skill and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Unit : 49 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th January 1980 - No.7- Pres/80 dated 26th January 1979
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeVenkatraman Shankar5197 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1988Announced 26 Jan 1988
Details :

Air Commodore Venkataraman Shankar was commissioned in August, 1956. He has held several important field appointments at major transport flying stations. He is a graduate of National Defence College and was awarded Vayu Sena Medal for his operational capabilities while commanding a Transport Squadron. He has to his credit 7800 hours of accident and incident free flying experience.

Being presently Director of Operations (T&M) at Air Headquarters, by meticulous planning of resource and pragmatic management, he has ensured the most economic and optimum utilisation of the limited resources and maintained a high operational state of the transport fleet. By his dedicated and pragmatic approach, backed by a sound professional knowledge, understanding and drive, he brought about a near total error free success into the operation “Poomalai" and subsequent AVSM 1988 deployment and maintenance of Indian Peace Keeping Forces at Sri Lanka. This, he achieved and maintains, inspite of multiplicity of aircraft, roles and demands.

Air Commodore Venkatararaan Shankar, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19880126

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