Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List for the 48 Sqn

A total of 3 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 3 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Prana Krishna Misra 219257 ORUnit : No.48 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 70 Announced 26 Jan 70
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219257 Sergeant Prana Krishan Misra, F.II.A has been on the posted strength of an operational squadron since March, 1961. Throughout his stay in the squadron he has worked with zeal and vigor. His skilful diagnosis of faults and their rectification has saved innumerable man-hours and avoided unnecessary replacement of expensive spares. His ever-readiness and known capacity for sustained hard work has earned him immense respect and admiration from all men.

During his stay in the squadron he has been called upon to perform many difficult tasks under trying conditions. Once, during the Chinese aggression in 1962, he was the only tradesman in the entire servicing party to look after the servicing of six aircraft detachment. Through only a Corporal then, he worked with initiative and ensured 100% serviceability of all the aircraft despite lack of spares and manpower. On another occasion, he had to service an aircraft, after the failure of complete hydraulic system, without the requisite ground equipment.

Throughout his service career Sergeant Misra has displayed high professional skill and singular devotion to duty. He has accomplished many difficult tasks though his initiative and organizing ability.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1970 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Master Flight E Gurdial Singh Samra 400352 ORUnit : No.48 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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400352 Master Flight Engineer Gurdial Singh Samra Flight Engineer was enrolled in the Indian Air Force as a technician in June 1950. After working for some years on a variety of aircraft, he was appointed as Officerin-charge of the Daily Servicing Section of an operational Unit. He held this appointment creditably. Thereafter, he qualified as a Flight Engineer, in which role he has flown to-date 2500 hours, including 1000 hours on operational missions.

Master Flight Engineer Samra has amply demonstrated his qualities of courage and leadership. On one occasion, he extricated and saved a passenger, who was trapped in a burning aircraft which had been loaded with inflammable material. The danger to his own life did not, in any way, deter him from performing his duty.

Master Flight Engineer Samra has secured the unbounded loyalty and admiration of the airmen working under him through his personal example of hard and devoted work.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1971 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Shivnath Pandey 205093 ORUnit : No.48 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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205093 Sergeant Shivnath Pandey, Fitter II Engines was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in September, 1949. He has served at a number of operational and training units and repair depots. At all these units, he has acquitted himself well.

Since December, 1968 he has been serving with an operational Squadron where he has been responsible for the servicing of a wide range of ground equipment required for maintaining aircraft. In addition to this, he supervised and conducted the successful completion of 28 engine changes, 30 cylinder changes, 13 Power Recovery Turbine changes, 12 regulator changes and 40 propeller changes in a little over one year. On one occasion when one of the Squadron aircraft had an engine failure at another base, he displayed initiative and resourcefulness in completing the engine change by the next day. During September, 1970, the Squadron experienced a number of technical malfunctions which had baffled expertise at all levels. With ingenuity, initiative and sustained hard work, he succeeded in tracing the causes of defects and rectifying them. He has thus contributed significantly towards achieving high state of operational readiness of his squadron. His example of selfless dedication has been an inspiration to his men.

By his outstanding achievements, professional skill, initiative and selfless devotion to duty, Sergeant Shivnath Pandey has rendered distinguished service of a high order. For this he is awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number:66 

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