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Group Captain Virendra Singh Pathania

Service No & Branch 5198 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 10 Oct 1937 Commissioned: 25 Aug 1956 Course: 69 Course
Service End: Retired on 09 Dec 1993 TBD Died on 20 Feb 1995 (58 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 25 Aug 1957Flt Lt : 25 Aug 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Dec 1978Acting Gp Capt : 24 Aug 1981
Gp Capt : 02 Jun 1982
Training and Other Courses Attended
10 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1955
Badges Qualified
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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 1969Sqn LdrNo.18 Squadron Flight Commander
- 30 Sep 1983Gp Capt18 WingPathankot Chief Operations Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vir Chakra
Flt LtVirendra Singh Pathania5198 GD(P)Award Date 04 Sep 1965Announced 06 Sep 1965
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Virender Singh Pathania was one of the Gnat pilots who were sent to Pathankot to establish our air superiority in that region during the recent operations against Pakistan. He flew repeated missions seeking out Pakistani aircraft and engaging them. On the 4th September, 1965, during one such mission he came up against a formation of enemy Sabre Jets and immediately engaged them in battle. With great confidence and courage, he out-maneuvered the enemy all the time, got behind one of the enemy Sabres and shot it down.

In this encounter, Flight Lieutenant Virender Singh Pathania displayed cool courage and firm determination in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Unit : 23 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.130 - Pres/65 dated 5th September 1965
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Virendra Singh Pathania5198 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Squadron Leader Virendra Singh Pathania has been flying the Gnat aircraft since January 1964. He has carried out 692 hours of flying on this type and is one of the most experienced pilots on the Gnat. His profound knowledge of the aircraft has benefited many other pilots, whom he has trained with patience and understanding. His personal qualities in the air and on the ground have been a shining example for his juniors to emulate.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Virendra Singh Pathania has displayed professional skill, leadership and devotion to duty.

Unit : 18 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971
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