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Air Marshal Dev Nath Rathore

Service No & Branch 5780 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 04 Jun 1938 Commissioned: 19 Dec 1959 Course: 76 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Jun 1996 Superannuated Died on 19 May 2016 (78 Years age)
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jun 1979Acting Gp Capt : 21 Jan 1982Gp Capt : 21 Jun 1982Air Cmde : 02 May 1987
Acting AVM : 28 Mar 1992AVM : 02 Dec 1991Air Marshal : 31 Dec 1993C-in-C : 01 Jun 1995
Training and Other Courses Attended
14 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 195827 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 20 Nov 1971
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

07 Dec 1976 - 18 Oct 1979Wg CdrNo.21 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1980 - 01 Jan 1982Wg CdrNigeria Team Leader
30 Dec 1987 - 22 Jan 1989Air Cmde9 WingHalwara Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 1989 - 01 Jan 1992Air CmdeEmbassy of India, RussiaMoscow Air Attache
14 Sep 1987 - No.21 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Jun 1992 - 01 Jun 1993AVMDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
01 Nov 1993 - 31 May 1995Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Jun 1995 - 30 Jun 1996Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vir Chakra
Flt LtDev Nath Rathore5780 GD(P)Award Date 06 Sep 1965Announced 10 Sep 1965
Details : On the 6th September, 1965, Flight Lieutenant Dev Nath Rathore was detailed as the leader of a section of two aircraft to carry out a dusk combat air patrol over Halwara airfield. The airfield was subjected to an attack by four Pakistani Sabres which had also engaged two of our aircraft orbiting the airfield. In complete disregard of his personal safety, Flight Lieutenant Rathore flew his section through a heavy barrage put up by our ground defences engaged one of the enemy aircraft and shot it down before it could inflict any damage. The courage and leadership displayed by Flight Lieutenant Dev Nath Rathore in this combat were in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.
Unit : 27 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.131 - Pres/65 dated 10th September 1965
Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrDev Nath Rathore5780 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1979Announced 26 Jan 1979
Details :

Wing Commander Dev Nath Rathore was posted as Commanding Officer of a Fighter Squadron with effect from 1 Dec 76 when the Squadron moved to another location for reequipping with a new aircraft.

With just a handful of officer and technicians, the Squadron started re-equipping under the personal supervision of Wing Commander Rathore and also commenced training of the staff pilots who had very limited experience on type. Although the tempo of flying had to be kept down due to a number of problems which were being faced in operating these aircraft. It was ensured by the Commanding Officer that sufficient training was imparted to all the pilots undertaking conversion of other pilots who were earmarked to man other similar Squadrons in the re-equipment plan. During his tenure of just over one year, the Squadron has been able to convert a large number of pilots both from supersonic and transonic blocks without any accident or incident.

Wing Commander Rathore showed keen interest an leadership during these conversions and whilst the training was being conducted, he also ensured that the pilots were on the posted strength of his Squadron simultaneously carried out their own Squadron syllabus and were declared fully operational during this period. It was under his command that the Squadron operated three detachments to carry out armament exercises.

Wing Commander Rathore's interest was not limited to training of pilots. The technicians were also given very thorough job training so that various inspections that were falling due were handled in the most professional manner. Although the Squadron was supposed to retain a part of foreign trained technicians in the Squadron in actual fact this did not happen. In due course almost all the foreign trained technicians were posted out to various other Squadrons which had been re-equipped with the new aircraft.

During the period of his command, the Squadron has flown more that two thousand accident free hours by day and night. This was made possible by personal example, professional outlook and matured thinking of the Commanding Officer and absolute supervision at all times. For achieving such excellent results Wing Commander Rathore set an example which is in the best traditions of the service. His professional outlook and selfless devotion to duty were an abject lesson and a morale booster for the personnel under his command. He has thus rendered distinguished service of a high order for which Rashtrapati is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wing Commander Dev Nath Rathore.

Unit : 24 Sqn
Reference : GoI19790126
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