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Air Vice Marshal Sharadchandra Naresh Deshpande

Service No & Branch 5452 F(N)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 24 Dec 1957 Course: 13 NAV Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jul 1993 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 24 Dec 1962Wg Cdr : 01 May 1978Acting Gp Capt : 05 Jan 1981Gp Capt : 08 Jul 1981
Air Cmde : 01 May 1986AVM : 24 Dec 1990
Training and Other Courses Attended
28 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 09 Dec 197229 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1989
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

06 May 1976 - Sqn LdrHALBangalore 
- Wg CdrNo.71 Squadron Commanding Officer
01 Sep 1983 - 17 Aug 1985Gp Capt26 WingThane Station Commander
- Air Cmde4 Air Force Selection BoardVaranasi President
01 Dec 1990 - 31 Jul 1993AVMTraining CommandBangalore Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Flt LtSharadchandra Naresh Deshpande5452 GD(N)Award Date 06 Sep 1965Announced 01 Jan 1966
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Sharadchandra Naresh Deshpande was serving on the instructional staff of the Jet Bomber Conversion Unit as a navigation instructor when hostilities broke out between India and Pakistan. He volunteered for operational duties and carried out seven operational bombing missions over enemy territory.

Flight Lieutenant Deshpande was the navigator/bomb-aimer of the leading aircraft and carried out successful missions in spite of heavy enemy opposition and in total disregard of his own safety. During these bombing operations, he displayed courage, great professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order in the best traditions of the Air Force.

Unit : 5 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 12th February 1966 - No.15 - Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966
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