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Air Vice Marshal Purnendu Kumar Mukherjee

Service No & Branch 7698 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 11 Feb 1943 Commissioned: 28 Oct 1963 Course: 85 Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Feb 2001 Superannuated Died on 10 Apr 2021 (78 Years age) Flying Hours : 3000
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 13 May 1983Acting Gp Capt : 27 Sep 1987Gp Capt : 01 Nov 1986Acting Air Cmde : 18 May 1992
Air Cmde : 18 May 1992AVM : 03 Feb 1997
Training and Other Courses Attended
32 DSSC (Flt Lt) - 27 Nov 1976
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Aug 1971 - 01 Mar 1972Flt LtNo.122 (Ad-Hoc) SquadronJaisalmer Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1988 - Gp Capt20 WingBagdogra Chief Operations Officer
- 01 Dec 1992Air CmdeEastern Air CommandShillong Air-I
24 Dec 1992 - 26 Mar 1995Air Cmde11 WingTezpur Air Officer Commanding
- 28 Feb 2001AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Personnel Airmen & Civ
03 Feb 1997 - 06 Jan 2000AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Inspection
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Mention in Despatches
Flt LtPurnendu Kumar Mukherjee7698 F(P)Award Date Announced 23 Jun 1972
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st July 1972 - No.87 - Pres/72 dated 23rd June 1972
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMPurnendu Kumar Mukherjee7698 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2001Announced 26 Jan 2001
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Purnendu Kumar Mukherjee (7698) F (P) was commissioned on 28 Oct 1963. in 37 years of distinguished service he has held several important staff and command assignments. He has flown over 3000 hrs on various fighter aircraft and has been Chief Ops Officer and Air Officer Commanding of major flying bases. He was mentioned in despatches for distinguished services rendered in 1971 war.

AVM Mukherjee was posted as Assistant Chief of Air Staff (FS&I) with effect from 03 Feb 97 and functioned in the appointment till 06 Jan 2000. With his vast experience in various field and staff appointments at Air HQ, it did not take him long to apply himself to the important aspects of Flight Safety and Inspection under the IGs branch.

He was the driving force for institutionalizing an operationally oriented relook at field units. Under his astute guidance, the inspection Directorates brought anew a host of operations related insights into the working of the field units. Some of the methods initiated were the Quality Audits on MiG-21s, AN-32, Bomb dumps and role equipment of fighter Units, an insightful look at Base Repair Depot functioning and security of a number of major Bases.

In Flight Safety, AVM Mukherjee was instrumental in commencing the framework for strengthening the FS organization in the HQ as well as field units. His tireless efforts also contributed towards gaining the sanction for the funds under Flt Safety code head which have provided the impetus for the improvement of flying environment at the airfields and keeping the airfield zones safe. Under his keen sense of propriety and integrity of the highest order, Quality Assurance gained momentum. His probing questions in all aspects of procurement of stores under QAS and timely guidance has provided the benchmark for future transactions.

Air Vice Marshal Purnendu Kumar Mukherjee has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI20010126
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