Awardee List for the AFS Halwara

A total of 4 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 2 | Vir Chakra : 1 | Mention in Despatches : 1 |
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt George Kanisthakumar John 2132 GD(P)Unit : AFS Halwara  Award Date 10 Nov 65 Announced 10 Nov 65
Details :

Group Captain George Kanisht Kumar John has been in command of an operational wing since October, 1962. He has shown commendable initiative and ability in inspiring his Squadron personnel to a high degree of combat effectiveness.

During the fighting with Pakistan his Wing, which is one of the front line units in the Punjab, was called upon to undertake offensive operations against the enemy. These comprised fighter sweeps, armed reconnaissance, close support and escort for bomber besides combat air patrols over the airfield itself, all of which were successfully carried out by his units located at his Wing.

On 7th September, 1965, Pakistan Air Force planes raided the airfield for the first time and they continued without any let up during the period of hostilities. Although the number of bombers that came over on each raid was small, the airfield had more than one raid alerts on most of the nights. Added to the nuisance of the air raids, which imposed numerous interruptions on the servicing activity, was the harassment of the Pakistani snipers who had been para dropped near the airfield on the nights of 7th and 9th September with the specific aim of breaking into and carrying out sabotage to our aircraft and installations. His ground defence measures foiled the enemy plans. Work on the unit went on with undiminished vigour, enemy interference notwithstanding. Unserviceable and damaged aircraft were serviced during the night and aircraft flown on offensive missions the next morning. Credit for the unceasing activity in the Station in spite of continued air raids in a large measure, due to the personal example of a very high sense of duty, steadfastness of purpose and leadership set by Group Captain John.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 10 Nov 1965 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Chandra Kant Vishwanath Gole 3652 F(P)Unit : AFS Halwara  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : GROUP CAPTAIN CHANDRA KANT VISWANATH GOLE, AVSM, (3652) F (P): In the conflict with Pakistan, Group Captain Gole was the Station Commander of a forward base [Halwara]. With complete disregard to personal safety and with unflagging zeal, he successfully directed the air defence operations in the Punjab Sector. His base was subjected to repeated enemy air raids. On one occasion, he narrowly escaped death when a time bomb exploded very close to him, killing two. Unmindful of the incident, and even though he suffered a temporary deafness, as a result of this, he exhibited great leadership and zeal, which enabled him to meet fully the entire needs of the operational squadrons based at his station. In the discharge of his functions as a Commander, he inspired his men by his outstanding courage, selfless devotion to duty and quaJities-of fine leadership. The high morale, with which he imbued the aircrew and the ground personnel of his station, was a major contribution to the success of air operations. As a leader of men and an administrator and organiser of high ability, Group Captain Gole rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1972 Number: 

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Shri Krishna Singh 3996 ACCTUnit : AFS Halwara  Award Date 06 Sep 65 Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

Squadron Leader Shri Krishna Singh was in charge of ground defence and security arrangements of an airfield when hostilities started with Pakistan. On 6th September 1965, over 60 Pakistani paratroopers, equipped with modern weapons and equipment, were air-dropped in the vicinity of the unit to carry out sabotage to our aircraft and installations. Squadron Leader Singh organised a mobile patrol and under his intelligent and able direction, the patrol foiled the enemy’s plan. Finding the airfield defences formidable, the paratroopers finally withdrew from the airfield and were captured by civil and army authorities.

On 7th September, 1965, when information was received that some paratroopers had been hiding near a village, Squadron Leader Shri Krishna Singh volunteered to lead a mobile armed patrol to apprehend them. During this operation, he was able to apprehend three paratroopers, including the officer in charge of the Pakistani Para contingent. On an extensive search made under his supervision, 70 parachutes and a considerable quantity of automatic weapons and other equipment were captured. This bold action on the part of Squadron Leader Shri Krishna Singh made the paratroopers attack on the airfields ineffective.

Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1966 - No.15 - Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Mention in Despatches
Wg Cdr Dalbir Yadav 4241 F(P)Unit : AFS Halwara  Award Date Announced 23 Jun 72
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India , 1st July 1972 - No.87 - Pres/72 dated 23rd June 1972 

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