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Group Captain Shrlkrishna Vishnu Phatak

Service No & Branch 6358 F(P)

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Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 19 Dec 1961 Course: 80 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Oct 1992 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1980Gp Capt : 30 Nov 1984
Training and Other Courses Attended
29 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Dec 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

- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
17 Apr 1978 - 21 Oct 1980Wg Cdr2 Forward Base Support UnitSirsa Commanding Officer
- 01 Dec 1991Gp CaptNCC NagpurNagpur Group Commander
09 Jan 1984 - 10 May 1987Gp Capt9 Tactical Air CenterAmbala Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtShrlkrishna Vishnu Phatak6358 GD(P)Award Date 01 Sep 1965Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details :

On 1st September 1965, Flight Lieutenant Shrikrishna Vishnu Phatak was a Wingman in a four aircraft formation. As the formation was entering the enemy area in the Chhamb sector, he saw several enemy aircraft. He reported their position and stuck to his own formation to guard his leader's rear. The formation was ordered to take evasive action and to turn hard starboard. In the process, his aircraft was fired upon by the enemy and was partially out of control; yet he stayed in his aircraft and continued to try to control it till he saw that it was in flames and the fire was spreading fast. Even then he did not lose his nerve, and tried to gain height from a very low altitude. Having failed to do so, he was forced to abandon the burning aircraft. Soon after landing he saw some troops around him and since he was not sure of his location he evaded them till he was overpowered by a posse of armed personnel and bayonetted. The bayonet narrowly missed going through his lungs.

Throughout this encounter, Flight Lieutenant Shrikrishna Vishnu Phatak displayed presence of mind, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 220 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
01 Sep 1965Vampire FB52BB-445Fg Offr Shrlkrishna Vishnu Phatak
45 SqnGround fire over Cha
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