Vayu Sena Medal Awardee List for the 16 Sqn


A total of 6 Awards are listed.
Vayu Sena Medal : 6 |
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Palamadai Sundaram Subramanian 7974 AE(M)Unit : No.16 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Palamadai Sundaram Subramanian was serving as Engineering Officer of an Operational Squadron. He put the Repair and Servicing Section on a sound footing. Throughout the period of the operations, he worked incessantly and maintained a high serviceability rate. He thus made a significant contribution to the operational efficiency and achievements of the Squadron.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Palamadai Sundaram Subramanian displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Joginder Pal 10355 AE(M)Unit : No.16 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Joginder Pal worked single-handed and round the clock, supervising rectification, loading and unloading of armament stores, changes of configuration and was generally in charge of the armament operations. The fact, that the Squadron dropped over 4,00,000 lbs. of bomb load and a variety of other miscellaneous stores, within a period of a fortnight, is a tribute to his hard work and dedication to duty.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Joginder Pal displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Purnachandra Madhavrao Takle 4707 F(P)Unit : No.16 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 73
Details :

Wing Commander Purnachandra Madhav Rao Takle was Flight Commander in a bomber squadron from1 February 1969 to March 1972 and assumed the command of Squadron in March 1972. During the period of his stay in the Squadron, he worked most diligently to improve the operational readiness of the Squadron.

During the operations in December, 1971, he carried out seven very vital and dangerous missions, covering both the Eastern and Western Sectors, involving deep penetration into the enemy territory. These missions included night interdiction by the light of flares and bombing raids against heavily defended enemy airfields. Besides carrying more operational missions than any other pilot in the unit, he supervised operational planning and aircraft servicing activities with exemplary keenness and determination. He was killed in a flying accident on 29th March, 1972.

Throughout, Wing Commander Purnachandra Madhav Rao Takle displayed courage, leadership and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Brij Mohan Malik 9874 F(P)Unit : No.16 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 74
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Brij Mohan Malik joined a Bomber Squadron and had logged over 700 hours. His navigational skill and bombing performance has been of an exceptional standard. Although young in service, he has always volunteered to shoulder heavy responsibilities and cheerfully undertaken all types of tasks, both in flying and on the ground. During the Indo-Pak Conflict of 1971 he undertook five missions which he accomplished most successfully with precision navigation and accurate bombing. He was selected to fly for project "Storm Exchange" which involved difficult and skilful flying all over India in monsoon conditions. During this tour he displayed exceptional confidence and ability in flying.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Brij Mohan Malik displayed navigational ability, leadership and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 6th July 1974 - No.85 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1974 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Normon Anil Kumar Browne 13129 F(P)Unit : No.16 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Wg Cdr Norman Anil Kumar Browne was commissioned on 24 Jun 72 and has been in command of a Squadron, equipped with the frontline Deep Penetration Strike Aircraft since Dec 90. Wg Cdr Browne is a graduate of Staff College in USA. He has over 3000 hours of accident-free flying.

Immediately after assuming command of the Squadron, he set about enhancing the operational preparedness and potential of the unit. Wg Cdr Browne's personal contribution in development of tactics has been very significant. Recommendations made by him and his team have been accepted by Air HQ and these form a part of the standard tactics for strike squadrons.

During a low level night strike mission in a Jaguar aircraft, he experienced serious controls malfunction followed by controls restriction in the rudders. As worthy professional, he remained cool and analyzed the emergency correctly. He nursed the stricken aircraft to a safe altitude. He had to fly the aircraft extremely close to the limits of the performance envelope. He displayed extraordinary qualities of airmanship in landing the crippled aircraft thus saving invaluable aircraft.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr NAK Browne.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Ramesh Rai 14669 F(P)Unit : No.16 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 99
Details :

Wing Commander Ramesh Rai (14669) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a pilot in the Flying branch on 29 December 76. He is an A-2 category Instructor and is Staff College qualified. He stood first in the test pilots course and won the trophies for 'Best in Test Flying'. At the flying Instructors' course he won the trophy for being "Best in Ground Subjects". He was awarded commendation by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command in 1979 and by the Chief of Air Staff in 1995.

Wing Commander Ramesh Rai was appointed Commanding officer of a Fighter Squadron on 28 December 95. On assuming command, he devoted himself with selfless commitment to raise the operational capability and performance of the Squadron. He intensified operational training learning and flying, particularly in Armament and Electronic Warfare. As a result, his Squadron won two trophies in exercise "Eklavya" for excellence in marksmanship. The Squadron undertook extensive study and trials of the Electronic Warfare Pod and evolved successful programmes and tactics against enemy Naval and Air Force radars which have now come to stay in the Air Force. Having excelled in all facets of operations, maintenance and administration, the Squadron won the "Best Fighter Squadron" trophy in the Command. These achievements were a result of his total devotion, professional dedication and leadership.

For his exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Ramesh Rai.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th May 1999 - No.91-Pres/99 dated 26th January 1999 

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