Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Group Captain Manayanthara Kunjanpillai Raghava Menon

Service No & Branch 8766 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 01 Aug 1964 Course: 89/90 Course
Service End: Retired on 19 Jul 1994
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 06 Mar 1984Gp Capt : 01 Oct 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

- Sqn LdrNo.47 SquadronChabua Flight Commander
05 Jul 1982 - 26 Feb 1984Wg CdrNo.47 SquadronChabua Commanding Officer
19 Mar 1984 - 08 Dec 1984Wg CdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Chief Flying Instructor
15 Feb 1988 - 27 Mar 1990Gp CaptFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Commanding Officer
28 Mar 1990 - 22 Aug 1993Gp CaptNational Defence CollegeDelhi DS (Coord)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtManayanthara Kunjanpillai Raghava Menon8766 F(P)Award Date 16 Dec 1971Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Nayanathara Kunjan Pillai Raghava Menon was attached to a Fighter Bomber Squadron. He flew a number of operational missions deep inside enemy territory despite heavy ground and air opposition. On the 16th December, 1971, while on a bombing and strafing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. The shell shattered the canopy and fragments of the shell got embedded in his body injuring him seriously and hampering his vision. Though be was more than seventy nautical miles away from his base, he brought the aircraft back to base safely instead of abandoning it.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Nayanathara Kunjan Pillai Raghava Menon displayed courage, determination and professional skill.

Unit : 31 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 7th October 1972 - No.108 - Pres/72 dated 23rd September 1972
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