Ati Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List for the year 1964

A total of 2 Awards are listed.
Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 2 |
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Kailash Chand 1754 GD(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 64 Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

The services of Group Captain Kailash Chand were loaned to the Government of Republic of Indonesia in 1959. On his arrival, the Minister/C-in-C AURI (Indonesian Air Force) appointed him as an adviser/member of the Auri Reorganisation Committee as well as entrusted him with the task of preparing its expansion plan. With his characteristic efficiency and foresight, Gp Capt Chand soon produced a plan well related and integrated with the re­equipment programme of the Auri which was then changing to Russian aircraft and equipment.

While devising steps to implement the plan, on of the major difficulties he faced was the inadequate training facilities in Indonesia. Gp Capt Chand along with other officers of his team set up selection organizations, established training institutions and worked out their syllabus of service and academic studies. These flourishing institutions are a tribute to his exceptional organizing ability, enthusiasm, zeal and hard work. For the highly specialized trades for which technical facilities could not be locally procured, he formulated schemes under which Auri personnel were trained in India. The training in India of over 2000 Auri personnel is an achievement of considerable significance, especially in the face of very severe rivalries of various other countries having an interest in the military set­up of Indonesia.

Gp Capt Chand and the team of officers under his able guidance progressively prepared Auri under­studies to take over the staff school which the IAF Advisory Group had established. This was done after all the instructional pamphlets, directives, doctrine, operational exercises and detailed manuals had been compiled and translated in Bhasa Indonesia. Apart from raising this institution to a full-fledged staff college, this officer was instrumental in setting up from scratch a Navigational School in 1962.

The success of these assignments was in no small measure due to the planning ability, initiative, and leadership displayed by Gp Capt Chand. In fact, the present organisation of Auri, which is modeled on the IAF pattern, is a visible proof of the strong and perceptible influence which this officer exercised. His untiring efforts for the expansion and consolidation of the Auri were greatly appreciated by the Indonesian Government and press; and these contributions earned for the IAF the gratitude of the Indonesian authorities.

The Air Agreement for technical cooperation between the Air Forces of two Asian countries was entirely a new experiment. Its success largely depended upon the skill, tact and personal leadership of the individuals who were responsible to implement it. Gp Capt Chand showed these sterling qualities in abundant measure and gained completely the confidence of the Auri. His frank and friendly approach and advice on all problems was always appreciated. His sense of dedication, tireless energy and example of hard work inspired others under his command. The existing close relations between IAF and Auri bear ample testimony to the excellent work of this Officer which has throughout been highly commended by the Indonesian authorities. Group Captain Kailash Chand has, thus, rendered distinguished service of a most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1964 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Chandra Kant Shentaram Raje 4038 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 64 Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Squadron Leader Chandrakant Shantaram Raje has been operating in J & K area with transport units since 1956 and he is now on his third operational tour. He has carried out over 1000 hours on operational in J & K area. He holds a Master Green Instrument Rating and 'A' category on transport aircraft. He was one of the few pilots who flew a large number of sorties uplifting awkward and non-ejectionable loads like trucks, girders and road rollers to remote and high altitude Advance Landing Grounds like Chushul and Fukche.

In October, 1961, one of our Packet aircraft had force­landed at Kargil which is normally only fit for use by Dakotas. Squadron Leader Raje volunteered to retrieve this aircraft. It was an extremely difficult and hazardous task due to the very short length of runway, steep hills on all sides and having only a very narrow valley to climb after take-off. This officer displayed great skill and devotion to duty in bringing out the aircraft safely to base.

In July, 1962, Squadron Leader Raje was associated with the evaluation of the Packet aircraft fitted with Jet Pack and was called upon to land and take­off from the world's highest improvised landing strip at Daulet Beg Oldi, situated at an altitude of 16800 feet. He performed the task admirably. Squadron Leader Chandrakant Shantaram Raje has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1964 Number: 

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