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Air Commodore Vishnu Narain Johri

Service No & Branch 5676 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 07 Feb 1959 Course: 74 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 1989 Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 07 Feb 1960Flt Lt : 07 Feb 1964Wg Cdr : 03 Oct 1978Acting Gp Capt : 22 Apr 1981
Gp Capt : 08 Dec 1981Air Cmde : 01 Sep 1986
Training and Other Courses Attended
28 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 09 Dec 1972
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 Apr 1970Sqn LdrTarget Towing FlightJamnagar Commanding Officer
- 31 Jan 1974Sqn LdrNo.31 SquadronHindan Flight Commander
01 Aug 1971 - 01 Mar 1972Sqn LdrNo.120 (Ad-Hoc) SquadronNal Commanding Officer
15 Jun 1976 - 29 Apr 1979Wg CdrNo.220 SquadronJodhpur Commanding Officer
22 Aug 1980 - 21 Dec 1980Wg CdrOperational Conversion UnitKalaikunda Commanding Officer
22 Dec 1980 - 14 Sep 1983Gp CaptOperational Conversion UnitKalaikunda Commanding Officer
12 Sep 1983 - 29 Feb 1984Gp Capt4 Forward Base Support UnitJaisalmer Station Commander
01 Mar 1984 - 13 Oct 1985Gp Capt41 WingJaisalmer Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrVishnu Narain Johri5676 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Vishnu Narain Johri was commanding a FighterBomber Squadron. He was leading a tactical reconnaissance mission on the 5th December, 1971, when he spotted a train at Bhawal Nagar, carrying tanks. He immediately went into attack and while attacking the train the port wing of his aircraft was damaged by anti aircraft fire. Undeterred and unmindful of his personal safety he pressed home his attack and destroyed a large number of tanks. After pulling out of the attack he found the port wing of his aircraft on fire. With great presence of mind and skillful flying, he brought the crippled aircraft back to base safely. He also flew several other missions successfully.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Vishnu Narain Johri displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 120 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptVishnu Narain Johri5676 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1983
Details :

Group Captain Vishnu Narain Johri has held command of a Conversion Unit since 22 Aug 1980. Although he had very little experience on Hunter aircraft and is not a QFI, he threw himself whole heartedly into the training task of his Unit. He mobilised his officers and men and motivated them to achieve better results. Three consecutive courses have each completed their training in roughly two thirds of the schedule duration of the course. This has been achieved inspite of progressive reduction in manpower from 95% of establishment to the current level of about 70% or less in some trades.

He set an outstanding example to his officers and men by flying as much as any member of his staff. With excellent leadership, and by setting a personal example of a high order, Group Captain Johri has been able to motivate those under his command to render outstanding performance, and achieve tasks which have eluded the unit for a long time, This has not only been of value to the unit by making available adequate training time for operational training of staff pilots but the entire fighter force by timely despatch of trained pilots.

For these achievements, his personal flying effort and leadership, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Group Captain Vishnu Narain Johri.

Unit : OCU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983
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