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Air Commodore Ashok Prataprao Shinde

Service No & Branch 5671 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 03 Dec 1936 Commissioned: 07 Feb 1959 Course: 74 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 1990 Superannuated Died on 30 Apr 2021 (85 Years age) Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 07 Feb 1960Flt Lt : 07 Feb 1964Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1978Acting Gp Capt : 05 Aug 1981
Gp Capt : 11 Oct 1981Air Cmde : 01 Sep 1986
Training and Other Courses Attended
30 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 30 Nov 19741 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Oct 1973
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 1971Sqn LdrNo.101 Squadron Squadron Pilot
17 Nov 1976 - 02 May 1979Wg CdrNo.221 Squadron Commanding Officer
09 Jan 1982 - 03 Jul 1984Gp CaptTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Commandant
05 Feb 1986 - 17 Feb 1988Air Cmde11 WingTezpur Air Officer Commanding
15 Feb 1988 - 27 Feb 1988Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops, Joint Plg)
28 Jul 1990 - 31 Dec 1990Air CmdeSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Air-I
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrAshok Prataprao Shinde5671 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Ashok Prataprao Shinde was serving as Senior Pilot in a Fighter Squadron. He led a number of ground attack missions in support of our troops. On two occasions he was responsible to rescue our trapped battalions by blunting the advance of enemy armour in Chamb Jaurian Sector. With utter disregard to his personal safety he led this formation in a determined and fearless attack knocking out 7 enemy tanks and 27 vehicles despite heavy anti aircraft fire. This action of his bad a decisive effect in relieving enemy presence on our ground forces in this sector.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Ashok Prataprao Shinde displayed gallantry, determination and leadership of a high order.

Unit : 101 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrAshok Prataprao Shinde5671 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1974
Details :

Squadron Leader Ashok Prataprao Shinde has been flying fighter aircraft continuously since 1959. He has flown 2331 hours on jet aircraft, out of which 635 hours are on a supersonic type of aircraft. On the 8th May, 1965, while he was flying a Toofani aircraft, the engine flamed out. He displayed great courage and airmanship in successfully executing a dead stick landing. He stood first in the Pilot Attack Instructors course.

He passed with an excellent grade while undergoing on a supersonic aircraft abroad. Due to his efforts, his Squadron emerged as the best in close Air Support competition held by his Command in 1972.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Ashok Prataprao Shinde displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Air Force.

Unit : 101 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 6th July 1974 - No.85 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1974
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