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Group Captain Mahabir Prasad Premi

Service No & Branch 8378 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 18 Apr 1964 Course: 87 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1992 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 14 May 1983Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1987
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 Jun 1966 - 01 Jun 1969Fg OffrNo.114 Helicopter Unit Squadron Pilot
- 01 Dec 1979Flt LtNo.107 Helicopter UnitJodhpur Flight Commander
16 Jul 1977 - 09 Apr 1978Sqn LdrHelicopter Training SchoolHakimpet Commanding Officer
01 Nov 1981 - 01 Jun 1984Wg CdrNo.115 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
- Gp CaptAir Force Station Jaffna, IPKFSri Lanka Station Commander
02 Mar 1987 - 18 Jul 1989Gp Capt15 Forward Base Support UnitCarnicobar Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vir Chakra
Flt LtMahabir Prasad Premi8378 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Mahabir Prasad Premi was commanding a Helicopter detachment in the Rajasthan sector. On the 6th December, 1971, while engaged in casualty evacuation he discovered an unexploded bomb lying near his Helicopter. On two early occasions delay fuse bombs had exploded in its vicinity. Realising that if the bomb near the Helicopter exploded the Helicopter would be damaged, he decided to take off the Helicopter. After he had started up the Helicopter, an air raid alert was given over the airfield, but inspite of it he took off and landed the Helicopter in a safer area. Immediately after this bomb exploded as expected but by his timely action the Helicopter was saved. On the 11th December, 1971, he evacuated two casualties from an area which was under enemy air attack.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Mahabir Prasad Premi displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : HTS
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrMahabir Prasad Premi8378 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1985
Details :

Wing Commander Mahabir Prasad Premi, VrC has been commanding one of the helicopter units since 02 Nov 81.

Throughout his present tenure as Commanding Officer, Wg Cdr Premi has displayed leadership of a high order, organizing ability, dedication and devotion to duty. Under his able leadership and guidance, the unit has won many laurels. Under his command, the unit has accomplished more than 8300 hours of accident-free flying in the face of severe weather conditions. During the very first year of his command, the unit won the Best Performance Helicopter Unit Trophy instituted by HAL to commemorate the IAF Golden Jubilee year. With his guidance once again in 1983-84, the unit won the prestigious and coveted IAF Flight Safety Trophy for the Best Helicopter Unit of the year and the Best Categorized Helicopter Unit of the IAF. These achievements were based on the ingenuity, hard work and exemplary leadership of Wg Cdr Premi.

Wg Cdr Premi has to his credit 4769 hrs of accident/incident-free flying including 770 hrs during the present tenure.

For the outstanding leadership, diligence, devotion to duty and professional skill, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wing Commander Mahabir Prasad Premi, VrC.

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Reference : Gazette of India dated 6th April 1985 - No.29-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1985
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