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Group Captain Pradip Kantilal Gandhi

Service No & Branch 8142 F(P)
Date of Birth: 07 Mar 1943 Commissioned: 31 Dec 1963 Course: 86 Course Entry Mode : Direct
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 1994 / Died on 24 Mar 2019 Nick Name : Piddly
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 30 Dec 1982Gp Capt : 30 Jun 1986
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Sqn Ldr
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

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
12 Oct 1983 - 08 Jan 1985Wg CdrNo.15 SquadronBhuj Commanding Officer
04 Jan 1987 - 03 Jan 1990Gp Capt41 WingJaisalmer Station Commander
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtPradip Kantilal Gandhi8142 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Pradip Kantilal Gandhi was serving with a Fighter Squadron. He flew 11 sorties of offensive Air Support missions, 6 sorties of counter Air Operations and 3 sorties of Air Defence missions. Out of these he led 9 missions. In offensive support missions, he carried out four strikes at Brigade Headquarters at Jamalpur, of which two were led by him. He carried out bombing attacks on Lai-Mai Army position and destroyed four bunkers. In counter Air operations, he carried out 3 sorties of day and 2 sorties of night bombing over Tezgaon and Kurmitola airfields which were heavily defended by Anti-aircraft artillery. He was the first person to carry out night bombing sorties in the type of fighter aircraft he was flying. He carried out two strikes on the troop concentrations in Dacca and destroyed the target despite heavy ground fire.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Pradip Kantilal Gandhi displayed courage, leadership, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Unit : 4 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 7th October 1972 - No.108 - Pres/72 dated 23rd September 1972
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