|Service No & Branch||1614 F(P)|
|Date of Birth: 01 Dec 1921||Commissioned: 01 Aug 1940||Course: 4 Course|
|Service End:||Retired on 31 Mar 1973 Superannuated Died on 31 Dec 1997 (76 Years age)|
|Qualifications Held :|
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|01 Aug 1940 - 30 Nov 1940||Acting Plt Offr||Initial Training School (Officers)||Lahore||Trainee Pilot|
|01 Dec 1940 - 21 May 1941||Acting Plt Offr||No.1 Flying Training School (India)||Ambala||Trainee Pilot|
|03 Jun 1941 -||Plt Offr||No.3 Flight (Coastal Defence)||Calcutta|
|02 Jun 1942 - 30 Nov 1942||Fg Offr||No.2 Flight (Coastal Defence)||Juhu||Squadron Pilot|
|01 Dec 1942 -||Fg Offr||No.6 Squadron||Squadron Pilot|
|23 Dec 1943 - 28 Aug 1945||Flt Lt||No.3 Squadron||Bairagarh||Flight Commander B Flt. fm AFTU|
|28 Aug 1945 -||Sqn Ldr||Air Head Quarters||Delhi|
|24 Nov 1945 - 24 Oct 1946||Sqn Ldr||No.8 Squadron||Mingaladon/ Trichino||Commanding Officer|
|01 Nov 1946 - 27 May 1947||Sqn Ldr||No.4 Squadron||Miho, Japan||Commanding Officer|
|28 May 1947 -||Wg Cdr||RIAF Depot||Arkonam||Commanding Officer|
|10 Mar 1948 - 14 Sep 1948||Wg Cdr||1 Wing||Jammu||Station Commander|
|15 Sep 1948 - 20 Oct 1948||Wg Cdr||No 1 Operational Group (WAC)||Delhi||Air-I|
|20 Oct 1948 -||Wg Cdr||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Wg Cdr (Operations)|
|-||Gp Capt||Training Command||Bangalore||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|01 May 1949 -||Gp Capt||Royal Air Force Staff College||Andover, UK||Staff Course|
|01 Oct 1954 - 21 Jan 1955||Gp Capt||2 Air Task Force||Mumbai||Commanding Officer|
|23 Oct 1954 - 27 Apr 1959||Gp Capt||2 Wing||Lohegaon (Pune)||Station Commander|
|22 Jan 1955 - 31 Mar 1957||Gp Capt||2 Tactical Air Support Group||Mumbai/ Pune||Commanding Officer|
|01 Apr 1957 - 01 Jan 1960||Gp Capt||2 Tactical Air Center||Pune||Commanding Officer|
|-||Air Cmde||Eastern Air Command||Shillong||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|15 Apr 1959 - 24 Apr 1960||Air Cmde||Operational Command||Delhi||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|08 Oct 1962 - 11 Dec 1962||Air Cmde||No 1 Operational Group (Tezpur)||Tezpur||Air Officer Commanding|
|05 Aug 1963 - 30 Sep 1964||AVM||Eastern Air Command||Shillong||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
|01 Oct 1964 - 29 Feb 1968||AVM||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Deputy Chief of Air Staff|
|01 Mar 1968 - 04 Aug 1969||Air Marshal||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Deputy Chief of Air Staff|
|06 Aug 1969 - 31 Mar 1973||Air Marshal||Western Air Command||Delhi||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
|11 Jun 1976 -||No.8 Squadron||Commodore Commandant|
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|Distinguished Flying Cross|
|Flt LtĀ Ā||Minoo Merwan Engineer||1614 GD(P)||Award Date||Announced 02 Oct 1945|
|Details :|| During World War II , Flight Lieutnant Minoo Merwan Engineer, while serving with No.3 (RIAF) Squadron had a long period of operational flying. As a Flight Commander, he led many successful attacks in support of the Army, most of the time bombing and strafing in difficult country within a few hundred yards of our own troops. At all times he set an outstanding example of leadership and devotion to duty which played a large role in mainitaing a high standard of morale prevailing in his flight and Squadron. He has a total of 505 hours and 25 minutes of operational flying. For the above acts of gallantry he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. |
Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin 1829.: This officer has a very fine operational record and has participated in attacks against many heavily defended targets. He has also participated in operations in support of the Army. At all times he has shown outstanding ability and skill in leading his flight and steadfast devotion to duty.
|Unit : 3 Squadron|
|Reference : London Gazette 37291 dated 2 Oct 1945, Page 4859 Citation in Air Ministry Bulletin 19829. (Citation Courtesy: Hugh Halliday)|
|Maha Vir Chakra|
|Wg Cdr||Minoo Merwan Engineer||1614 GD(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1950||Announced 26 Jan 1950|
|Details :|| |
Wing Commander Minoo Merwan Engineer was commissioned as General Duties (Pilot) in the Royal Indian Air Force on 1 August 1940. He was an experienced pilot flying Hurricane fighters in World War II for which he was awarded the DFC in 1945.
During Jammu & Kashmir Operations 1947-48, Wing Commander Engineer actively participated in air activity in Kashmir for nearly a year. Under his able guidance the enemy was hit hard on a number of occasions at Kishanganga Bridge, Skardu and Gilgit. During the capture of Gurais the Air Force extended very effective support to the land forces. This was largely due to the drive and initiative shown by Wing Commander Engineer in planning and directing the air operations.
Wing Commander Engineer was awarded the Mahavir Chakra for exceptional gallantry and leadership.
|Unit : 1 Wing|
|Reference : Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Notification No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950|
|Param Vishist Seva Medal|
|AVM||Minoo Merwan Engineer||1614 GD(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1964||Announced 26 Jan 1964|
|Details :|| |
Air Vice Marshal (then Air Commodore) Minoo Merwan Engineer, MVC, DFC, was posted as AOC to No. 1 Group, which was responsible for operations in NEFA. During the Chinese aggression in Autumn last year, the operational commitments in the area assumed considerable proportions without any increase in the resources available to No. 1 Group. Air Vice Marshal Engineer, a veteran operational commander, faced the heavy task with his usual calm and determination, and personally planned most of the logistic support operations with considerable success.
The helicopter operations in NEFA were also controlled by Air Vice Marshal Engineer in order to achieve maximum utilization of the few helicopters then at his disposal. To infuse full confidence among his pilots in landing at difficult helipads at heights like Tsanghdar (16000 ft), he flew in the first helicopter to land there and organized the evacuation of casualties from that difficult helipad. On another occasion, he remained at our outpost at Walong till the last moment and flew out only when the landing ground was being shelled by the enemy. These operational missions were beyond the call of his normal duties but in carrying them out , he set a fine example at all times for his officers and men to emulate.
The task allotted to the Air Force in NEFA during the Chinese aggression, were carried out with determination and confidence and this was, in large measure, due to the leadership and unflagging zeal displayed by Air Vice Marshal Engineer. By his devotion to duty and sound organizing ability, he has rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
|Unit : EAC|
|Reference : GoI19640126|
|Air Marshal||Minoo Merwan Engineer||1614 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1972||Announced 26 Jan 1972|
|Unit : WAC|