Awards for the year 1983


A total of 61 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 5 | Kirti Chakra : 1 | Padma Sree : 1 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 12 | Shaurya Chakra : 2 | Vayu Sena Medal : 14 | Vishist Seva Medal : 26 |
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Kanwar Iqbal Singh Chhabra 3831 F(P)Unit : Maintenance Command  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Air Marshal Kanwar Iqbal Singh Chhabra, AVSM, was commissioned in the Indian Force in April 1950. During his long service career, he had distinguished himself not only by professional competence but also by outstanding administrative ability. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and also the National Defence College.

His command appointments include the command of a TAC during Indo-Pak conflict in December 1971, where he displayed exceptional skill in planning, supervision leadership. He achieved outstanding results by blunting the massive enemy attacks ChhambJaurian sector and contributed to the destruction of ground forces and elimination of enemy air opposition in the theatre.

In recent years, Air Marshal Chhabra, has held with distinction the important appointments of Senior Officer Administration at Central Air Command and Air Officer Commanding, HQ Maritime Air Operations where he achieved excellence in cooperation with the Navy and with connected civil agencies.

In his present appointment as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command which carries out overhaul and repair of aircraft, aero-engines, and ground equipment and specialist vehicles, Air Marshal through effective and efficient management of manpower and material resources brought about significant improvements in the output. This has directly contributed in improving serviceability and output of operational units.

Air Marshal Kanwar Iqbal Singh Chhabra has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Minoo Jehangir Dhotiwala 3839 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Air Marshal Minoo Jehangir Dotiwalla was commissioned in the Flying Brand of the Indian Air Force in April 1950. During the earlier years of his career he has been deputed for courses such as the Pilot Attack Instructors' Course in the UK, the Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College. In his subsequent assignments, he had brought the full measure of his knowledge and experience to bear on the performance of duties entrusted to him, thereby enhancing the quality of his output.

Air Marshal Dotiwalla has successfully held a variety of field as well as Staff appointments. He commanded a Wing with distinction and, later, as Director of Air Force Works and Director of Personnel (Officers) at Air HQs, he had displayed a perception of the nuances involved in directing activities of these administrative Directorate. His tenure as Director of Personnel (Officers) coincided with a period when various studies and decisions were required to be taken in relation to the career profiles and promotion prospects of officers of different branches. By virtue of his analytical prowess, foresight and able direction he successfully paved the way for several proposals relating to personnel. He continued to display outstanding qualities of leadership and professional competence in the execution of important projects as Senior Air Staff Officer Training Command, Commandant National Defence Academy and Senior Air Staff Officer Eastern Air Command.

Air Marshal Minoo Jehangir Dotiwalla has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Satish Chandra Lal 3793 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Air Marshal Satish Chandra Lal was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in Technical Signals Branch, now Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics), in the year 1950.

A competent Technical Officer and a versatile field Engineer, he has excelled particularly in Installation and System Engineering activities. He served with distinction first as Director of Plans Air Defence Ground Environment System and later as Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Systems).

In 1981 he was specially selected to join the Radar and Communication Project Organisation, a Systems Engineering Group entrusted with the responsibility of planning, installation and commissioning of reliable and secure tropo, micro-wave and Radar Facilities in the Air Defence Ground Environment System. By displaying a high degree of initiative backed by sound technical knowledge and experience, he was able to complete the task of site survey and system engineering of far flung, remote and inaccessible mountainous areas of our country as per prescribed time schedule. Similarly in the selection, installation and commissioning of High Power Radars and associated peripherals, he effectively organised the installation and maintenance teams to undertake activities in the field.

Air Marshal Satish Chandra Lal has thus rendered distinguished service of exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Kapil Dev Chaddha 3845 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Air Marshal Kapil Dev Chadha, VM, was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1950 and has held important Command and Staff assignments. He commanded with distinction an operational squadron and a Flying Station. His important staff assignments at Air HQ included Director of Operations (Transport and Maritime) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans).

Air Marshal Chadha, himself a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College, has held the prestigious assignments of Chief Instructor at Defence Services Staff College and Senior Directing Staff at National Defence College. To both these appointments be brought a high degree of practical wisdom and expertise based on his vast fund of experience and knowledge.

As Director of Operations (Transport and Maritime), Air Marshal Chadha was responsible for formulation of policy, planning and control of the entire air transport, helicopter and Maritime Operations. He was instrumental in the formulation of plans to achieve optimum utilisation of the transport fleet.

Air Marshal Chadha while holding the appointment of Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans) was responsible for forecasting, planning and formulating Air Staff Requirements for new aircraft and equipment for the Indian Air Force. His contribution in the areas of 'Long Term Financial Plans for the IAF', 'Induction of Medium Transport Aircraft', 'Aircraft for VVIP duties' and 'Control of Air Force Projects' has been particularly noteworthy.

On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal, he was posted as Air Officer in-charge Administration at Air Headquarters. This sphere of responsibility covers a broad spectrum like organisation, Ceremonials, Medical Services, Work Services, Administration and financial control of various Air Force Welfare Funds and schemes, law and order, security of Air Force installations and management of Public Funds of the Air Force. In each one of these areas, Air Marshal Chadha has made a mark by his exceptional professional competence and qualities of leadership.

Air Marshal Kapil Dev Chadha has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Shri Krishna Chandra Gupta 3568 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Air Vice Marshal (now Air Marshal) Shri Krishna Chandra Gupta, VSM, was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in March, 1949. He has held a wide variety of command and staff assignments during his long meritorious service in the Air Force and distinguished himself not only by professional competence but also by outstanding administrative ability and today, he has the singular distinction of being not only the senior most in his branch but also the most experienced in the field of Administration.

He commanded with distinction an NCC Group and an Air Force Station where he accomplished very high standards of training and enhanced all round efficiency. His important staff appointments include Command Air Traffic Control Officer of Central Air Command, Deputy Director of Personal Services, Director of Organisation at Headquarters and Senior Officer-in-Charge Administration of Eastern Air Command and Western Air Command.

Air Vice Marshal (now Air Marshal) Gupta has the distinction of holding coveted appointments of SOA of two different major operational commands one after other. In both the commands he applied himself with total involvement to the task improving the general administrative standards and welfare activities. With his drive, imagination, leadership and exceptional organisational ability, he was able to achieve very high standards in multifarious spheres within very short tune.

Air Vice Marshal (now Air Marshal) Shri Krishna Chandra Gupta has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Kirti Chakra
Sqn Ldr Vishwanathan Nagarajan 8753 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 08 Jul 82 Announced 26 Jan 83
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On the 8th July, 1982 at approximately 1100 hours, while on a RTR commitment from Madras to Cochin in a Dakota aircraft at 8000’, Squadron Leader Visvanathan Nagarajan (8753), Flying (Pilot), experienced vibration on the starboard engine. He decided to divert to Yelahanka-Bangalore. Since the vibrations on the engine kept increasing and the aircraft started losing height, he decided to feather the engine and ejected the load to reduce the weight of the aircraft. With the use of emergency methods, the propeller did not feather and the aircraft kept going down very fast. Realising the gravity of the situation and knowing that he would not be able to reach Bangalore or any other airfield, he decided to force land the aircraft in a lake-bed, which was the only clear place within reach and amongst generally mountainous terrain, under cloudy weather condition. He carried out a copy book forced landing and the aircraft settled in the lake in approximately three feet of water. Squadron Leader Visvanathan Nagarajan handled this grave emergency very successfully and thus saved not only valuable lives on board but more on ground.

Squadron Leader Visvanathan Nagarajan thus displayed exemplary professional skill, competence and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 19th March 1983 - No.13 - Pres/83 dated 26th January 1983 

Padma Sree
AVM H L Kapur 2165 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Bangalore Venkataramaiah Jaya Rao 4138 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Air Commodore Bangalore Venkataramaiah Jaya Rao was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in August, 1951. He has held a variety of appointments during his long and distinguished career. To name a few of these he has been Deputy Command Signals Officer of an Operational Command, Technical Manager of a Base Repair Depot, Directing Staff at Institute of Defence Management, Chief Instructor at Air Force Technical College, Director of Guided Weapons Maintenance and Director of Signals (Air) at Air Headquarters and Member Air Force Expert Committee. In all these appointments he has left an indelible mark of personal efficiency, creative ability, sound technical knowledge, professional skill and devotion to service.

Air Commodore Bangalore Venkataramaiah Jaya Rao has, thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Anadi Shankar Sarkar 4273 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Air Commodore Anadi Shankar Sarkar VM was commissioned in the Technical branch of the Indian Air Force in 1952. Since then, he has held a number of important field and staff appointments at Command and Air Headquarters. Besides these, he was also an instructor in Air Force Technical College.

Air Cmde Sarkar during his 30 long years of service has held the appointments of Squadron Engineering Officer of four operational squadrons and Chief Technical Officer of four major operational bases - a rare achievement indeed which perhaps has no parallel. During the Indo-Pak conflict in 1971, he was the Chief Technical Officer of one of our forward bases, and was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal for exceptional devotion to duty and inspiring leadership.

Whilst on the posted strength of Air Headquarters in 1979-80, as Director of Engineering (D), he was responsible for the re-equipment of a number of Helicopter Units with a new type of helicopter. Under his guidance overhaul facilities for the new helicopter and its engine were set up. Large numbers of equipment and machinery required for the overhaul line were indigenously procured and even modified wherever necessary thereby saving a large amount of foreign exchange.

Since December, 1980, Air Commodore Sarkar has been the Senior Maintenance Staff Officer of South Western Air Command. During this period, the force structure has undergone a complete change. But for his forward planning guidance and monitoring, it would not have been possible to absorb these changes in such a short period of time - a factor so essential for the preparedness of an operational Command.

Air Commodore Anadi Shankar Sarkar has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Shyam Chand Mehra 4290 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Air Commodore Shyam Chand Mehra was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 26th February, 1952. He has been employed in various operational units of the Indian Air Force. For his distinguished work in enhancing the operational capabilities of SAM system in 1971-72 he had been awarded Vishisht Seva Medal. As Chief Instructor at a Guided Weapons Training Institute he did a commendable job in organising and imparting effective training in a short period. On completion of a course in the USSR on a newly included Surface to Air Guided Weapons system he was graded exceptional “Chief Engineer". He organised the complete training syllabus of this new system and successfully conducted two courses without the USSR assistance. The standard of training was later highly appreciated by a team of Russian specialists.

As Command Signals Officer of Western Air Command, since March 1981 he has streamlined the existing communications, navigational aids and radar systems to a stage of very high efficiency for operational use. He was also assigned the additional responsibilities of maintenance of ground support equipment and armament facilities, which he discharged excellently.

Throughout his long career the Air Officer had displayed a very high degree of dedication and technical ability. His untiring efforts have improved technical ability of personnel, increased serviceability of the sophisticated equipment and by innovation saved foreign exchange.

Air Commodore Shyam Chand Mehra has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Man Mohan Sinha 4408 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Air Commodore Man Mohan Sinha, VM, was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in January 1953. Ever since he has held various important appointments like Aide­de­Camp to the President of India, Officer Commanding of a Fighter Squadron, Directing Staff at Defence Services Staff College, Chief Instructor at Joint Air Warfare School, and Officer Commanding of a major Air Base. Throughout his long and distinguished career, he has set high standards of professional skill, dedication to duty and impeccable personal conduct.

Since February 1980, Air Commodore Sinha has been in command of major Air Force Base. Under his guidance and efficient management the tasks set for the base have been achieved in time. Trainee pilots coming for conversion have completed their training as scheduled. Under his dynamic leadership the flying effort increased by about 15% between 1980- 81 and 1981-82. The Gnat Squadron won the Eastern Air Command Inter­Squadron Weapons Meet Championship, while the Target Towering Unit won the Air Force Flight Safety Trophy for transonic type of aircraft for two consecutive years. In September, 1980, flood relief operations conducted under his personal supervision, earned the appreciation of the State Government.

Air Commodore Man Mohan Sinha, has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Kotarapurath Govind Mohanchandran 4316 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Air Commodore Kotarapurath Govind Mohandhandra was commissioned in the erstwhile Administrative and Special Duties branch of the Indian Air Force in 1952 and had specialised in Air Traffic Control duties. During his long service he has held important appointments on staff, as well as in the field.

During the hostilities in 1962, being posted at a forward Air Base in the North Eastern Section, he was entrusted with the task of co­ordinating airlift of troops to the forward areas, and co­ordination of the task of return of own Prisoners of War, which he achieved successfully showing a commendable degree of administrative ability, foresight and tact. Again in 1971, he was specially associated with the operational planning of the Airborne operations AVSM 1983 North of Dacca. He subsequently moved to Dacca to Command the IAF element when he rendered valuable professional assistance to the newly formed Bangladesh Air Force.

While serving in Air Headquarters it was under his stewardship that a categorisation scheme for ATC Officers was introduced for the first time. This has gone a long way in enhancing the safety of operational environment.

In recent years as Provost Marshal of the Air Force, Air Cmde Mohanchandra displayed great maturity and competence in handling the multifarious facets of his responsibilities. Since 1981, he has been Senior Officer-in-charge Administration South Western Air Command. Air Commodore Kotarapurath Govind Mohanchandra has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Jagdish Kumar Seth 4403 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Air Commodore Jagdish Kumar Seth, VM was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1953. During his service career, he has held many important and coveted appointments which have included Officer Commanding, Aircrew Examining Board, OC Flying Station, and Director Operations (T&M) at Air Headquarters and Air Adviser in the Indian High Commission in London. He has flown over 7300 accident free hours, which include 1570 hrs of operational flying over the most hazardous terrain of Himalayas apart from 1400 instructional hours. From April 1979 to September, 1982 as Air Adviser in the Indian High Commission in London Air Commodore Seth was particularly successful in maintaining personal rapport and friendly relationship with the Liaison Staff and Senior Officers of the Royal Air Force. By his tact and exemplary personal conduct, he was able to generate extremely warm and friendly feelings among officers of the country of accreditation, as well as with those of the diplomatic corps. In handling all his work, he showed a very balanced mind, correct approach, mature attitude and objectivity, following the highest traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Air Commodore Jagdish Kumar Seth has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Inder Dev Bhalla 4571 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Air Commodore Inder Dev Bhalla has served the Air Force with distinction for 29 years. He was awarded the Sword of Honour on his commissioning in October, 1953 and had also achieved the highest professional flying qualifications within the next five years. Later he successfully commanded Air HQ Communication Squadron and a flying station with élan and high degree of professionalism. He has flown 7696 accident free hours on the most modern transport aircraft in the Air Force. This includes 1275 hours on instructional duties and 4489 hours on VVIP/VIP flights.

Since December, 1980 as Director of Operations (Transport and Maritime), he has used his rich and diverse professional experience and problem solving ability to effectively utilise the large transport and helicopter fleet for undertaking standing air force tasks as well as in aid to civil authority. He has helped lay down operational training policies in order to improve our operational capabilities. He has inducted two new types of aircraft into the service in a highly competent manner.

Air Commodore Inder Dev Bhalla has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Amlok Ram Anand 4085 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Air Commodore Amolak Ram Anand joined the Army Medical Corps December, 1950 and was graded as specialist in pharmacology on 23 January 1958.

While in Army, he commanded a 700-bed hospital of chronic patients with distinction and brought in many innovative improvements in care and rehabilitation of patients. He also held the appointments of ADMS of a Division, DDMS of a Corps. Eventually he was reverted to the Air Force as Air Commodore and appointed as PMO of Western Air Command. Here he contributed significantly towards aircrew care and improvements in health and hygiene standards of Stations under Western Air Command. He showed great initiative, dedication and drive in two medical magazines titled SWASTHYA and TRISHUL HEALTH CHRONICAL. Both the magazines are of a very high standard.

Air Commodore Amolak Ram Anand has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Shreepad Achyut Ranade 3992 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Group Captain Shreepad Achyut Ranade was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in December, 1950. During his long Air Force career he has held posts of Assistant Director (Stores) in DR&DL, Command Accounts Officer, HQ Western Air Command and Director of Air Force Group Insurance.

As Director of Air Force Group Insurance Group Captain Ranade set about the job with total dedication and made it his purpose to improve the functioning of the Society and the Services it renders to its members.

He was the first to initiate the deposits in Public Sector undertakings, which gave a return of 40% above deposits in banks. With painstaking care the officer collected and sifted data and worked out the details of Post Retirement Insurance Scheme, 1981 and the enhanced Insurance Scheme, 1982 both of which have been heartily welcomed by members thus meeting a much­felt need. Deeply concerned over the lot of members and their families who due to unfortunate circumstances become ineligible to the benefit of Group Insurance Scheme, the Officer set up an Ex­gratia Award Fund to give succour to these disabled personnel and bereaved families. He also rationalised the internal processes of the Society so that survival benefit is paid to a member on the last day of his service and the TB patients are paid disability benefits before they leave hospitals.

Group Captain Shreepad Achyut Ranade has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Dalip Singh Sabherwal 4756 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Group Captain Dalip Singh Sabherwal, VM was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF on 17th July, 1954. As a pilot he has maintained high professional standard throughout and has held different field assignments such as officer Commanding of a Heavy Transport Squadron and Station Commander of Flying Station. He has flown a total of 7,600 accident free hours, including 2500 hours in forward areas.

In recent years he has held the important appointment of Joint Director Operation (Transport and Maritime) in Air Headquarters. In this capacity he set to work with commendable energy, zeal and perseverance and worked out a practical conversion plan for helicopters. He also successfully planned induction of new transport aircraft has coordinated various aspects with different Directorates for certain major re-equipment scheme.

Group Captain Dalip Singh Sabherwal has thus rendered distinguished service

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Indrakanty Gopala Krishna 5398 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Group Captain Indrakanty Gopala Krishna, VSM, was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in May 1957 and holds a Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Since then, he has served as an Engineering Officer of different sub­sonic and supersonic Fighter Squadrons, Chief Engineering Officer of a number of Fighter Bases, Officer Commanding Project Groups, Chief Technical Officer of a Base Repair Depot, Deputy Air Attaché in Embassy of India, Paris and Deputy Director Air Staff Requirements.

As Deputy Director Air Staff Requirements he was very closely associated with the evaluation and induction of some of the modern Combat aircraft and latest armament and involved in the integration of some of the modern Air­to­Air missiles.

Group Captain Krishna took over command of a very important Base Repair Depot. Under his leadership and guidance, the depot has achieved the task of setting up the overhaul line for one of the MiG variants, in record time. This was only possible due to his involvement and motivating all officers and men placed under him. The first supersonic aircraft overhauled by his Repair Depot was test flown without any snag and will remain a milestone in the maintenance history of the Indian Air Force.

Group Captain Indrakanty Gopala Krishna has thus rendered distinguished service exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Prithvi Singh Brar 6007 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Group Captain Prithvi Singh Brar, VM, was commissioned in 1960. His entire service has been marked with outstanding professionalism in every field of activity that he has been involved.

During the course of the career, Group Captain Brar was chosen for some highly sophisticated fighters such as Vampire, Hunter, Gnat and MiG­21. He has amassed nearly 2000 hours without any accident on these aircraft. During the course of his career, Group Captain Brar was chosen for some highly responsible and professional appointments like founder member of Tactics and Combat Development Establishment and flying inspector at Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. In discharging his duties as an instructor at Tactics & Combat Development and Training Establishment, he ensured and achieved very high standards of combat training.

In May 1979, immediately on his return from tenure abroad, he was put at the helm of an Operational MiG-21 Squadron. As a Squadron Commander, he applied himself very painstakingly to buildup combat potential of the Squadron. In June 1981, he was specially selected to command a squadron, which was allotted the task of Formation aerobatics and air displays throughout the country during the Golden Jubilee year of the IAF. He was entrusted with the task of selecting pilots, training them and leading the aerobatic team in its practices and for air displays.

Group Captain Brar, because of his devotion and total dedicated involvement achieved what is popularly known as the Thunderbolts. Their flying displays were a demonstration of precision formation flying whilst carrying out spectacular aerobatic manoeuvres.

Group Captain Prithvi Singh Brar has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Sharwan Kumar Bhatia 11316 F(P)Unit : ARC  Award Date 20 May 82 Announced 26 Jan 83
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During the month of April, 1982, a task involving placement of heavy machinery and its removal after the function was entrusted to Sqn Ldr Sharwan Kumar Bhatia. The locations were at series of small patches of ground all about 6000' altitude along the Himalayan border where it looked almost impossible to land an Mi-8 helicopter with such a heavy cargo.

Squadron Leader Sharwan Kumar Bhatia (11316) Flying (Pilot), faced the task with utmost courage. In a series of one hundred and twenty eight landings spread over a continuous period of ninety days, flying under extremely unfavourable conditions in all aspects and the area of operation through the deep hazardous gorges of Himalayas and stresses and strains. Squadron Leader Sharwan Kumar Bhatia completed the task and came out as “Complete Pilot” of the Indian Air Force. An error of minor nature over such a long period, at any stage, would have meant grave loss and a total disaster to him.

Squadron Leader Sharwan Kumar Bhatia thus displayed sustained courage and a high degree of professional skill, competence and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India , 19th March 1983 - No.14 - Pres/83 dated 26th January 1983 

Shaurya Chakra
Flt Lt Bikram Dev Singh 13573 F(P)Unit : No.114 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 25 Jun 82 Announced 26 Jan 83
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On the 24th June, 1982, information was received about 19 Army personnel had been stranded near INDRAJOT PASS north of DHARMSALA. A rescue aircraft was launched and it was found that the personnel were on a rock at a height of 14500 ft AMSL and on the mountain side with a gradient of 75°. The personnel were surrounded by nearly 10 feet of fresh snow. It was appreciated that no landing could be attempted and winching operation will be required to rescue the personnel. Food, medicines and blankets were dropped at the site and the aircraft returned to base late in the evening. On the 25th June, 1982, Flight Lieutenant Bikram Dev Singh, Flying (Pilot) was detailed to commence rescue operation in Cheetah aircraft fitted with rescue hoist. He reached the site at about 0900 hours. The weather at that time was fair but the wind speeds were of the order of about 40 knots. After a through recce the aircraft was brought to hover 15' above the stranded personnel. Because of the very steep incline and location of personnel, the aircraft had to be hovered leaving very small margin between the rotor and cliff side. Hovering under such conditions of high altitude, strong winds and very difficult terrain is a nightmarish task requiring exceptional skills. The helper was lowered at the site and two Army personnel were hoisted up and taken to YOL. On returning to the site, it was found that the weather had sharply deteriorated. Clouds had rolled in over the area, the visibility had dropped to 100 metres and wind speed had picked up to about 50 to 55 knots. Flt Lt Bikram Dev Singh continued the rescue operation with cool professionalism and in two more trips evacuated in all six personnel. By 1730 hours all stranded personnel had been brought to YOL.

Flt Lt Bikram Dev Singh thus displayed courage, a high degree of professional skill, competence and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 19th March 1983 - No.14 - Pres/83 dated 26th January 1983 

Vayu Sena Medal
Gp Capt Vishnu Narain Johri 5676 F(P)Unit : Operational Conversion Unit  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Group Captain Vishnu Narain Johri has held command of a Conversion Unit since 22 Aug 1980. Although he had very little experience on Hunter aircraft and is not a QFI, he threw himself whole heartedly into the training task of his Unit. He mobilised his officers and men and motivated them to achieve better results. Three consecutive courses have each completed their training in roughly two thirds of the schedule duration of the course. This has been achieved inspite of progressive reduction in manpower from 95% of establishment to the current level of about 70% or less in some trades.

He set an outstanding example to his officers and men by flying as much as any member of his staff. With excellent leadership, and by setting a personal example of a high order, Group Captain Johri has been able to motivate those under his command to render outstanding performance, and achieve tasks which have eluded the unit for a long time, This has not only been of value to the unit by making available adequate training time for operational training of staff pilots but the entire fighter force by timely despatch of trained pilots.

For these achievements, his personal flying effort and leadership, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Group Captain Vishnu Narain Johri.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Gp Capt Suresh Kumar Behal 5786 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Group Captain Suresh Kumar Behal is on the posted strength of Headquarters Eastern Air Command with effect from 16 April 1981, and is performing the duties that involve control of all fighter activities.

In 1971, Group Captain Behal was a Flight Commander in a fighter squadron and took active part in 1971 operations having led 23 strike missions into East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) against heavily defended targets. It is pertinent to note that very few pilots undertook such large number of missions, thereby he has exhibited courage in the face of enemy action.

Group Captain Behal has commanded a Fighter Squadron from May 1979 to April 1981. During his tenure, the Squadron won the overall Gunnery Championship of Eastern Air Command. This was only possible because of dedication and guidance to the aircrew placed below him in the Squadron.

While on the posted strength of Eastern Air Command he has officiated in higher appointment for long periods and has performed the duties in addition to his own duties extremely well. He is sincere, dedicated and has working: qualities which inspire personnel working under him. He is ever willing to shoulder responsibilities given to him cheerfully.

For displaying sincerity and devotion to duty of an exceptional order, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Group Captain Suresh Kumar Behal.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Darshan Singh Basra 6519 F(P)Unit : No.45 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Darshan Singh Basra was commissioned in the Air Force in May 1962. The officer has all along maintained and displayed highest order of flying professionalism.

Wg Cdr Basra was selected to undergo flying training abroad on two types of aircraft in 1963. Subsequently he gave a good account of his flying proficiency and instructional ability while on posted strength of various instructional establishments. Later, he also held prestigious Command of two fighter Squadrons. During his period of command both the Squadrons maintained a totally nil accident rate. One of his Squadrons won the Flight Safety Trophy in 1979 and was placed second for the Instrument Rating Trophy in 1980. Wg Cdr Basra was the leader of his Command Bombing team in the Inter Command gunnery Meet in 1979 and won the championship.

Wg Cdr Basra has flown over eleven types of aircraft and has logged over 3400 hrs of flying. Wg Cdr Basra commended by the Chief of the Air Staff in 1978 for executing a successful restricted RPM landing on a fighter aircraft.

For his utmost dedication to duty and professional ability the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Wing Commander Darshan Singh Basra.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Amrit Lal Mehta 8146 F(P)Unit : Govt of Haryana  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Amrit Lal Mehta has been on deputation to the State Government of Haryana as Chief Executive Pilot since 07 February 1979.

Commissioned on 31 December, 1963, he has logged an impressive total of 7310 hours of accident free flying. He has flown over 2500 hours mostly in the supervisory capacity over the hazardous terrain of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Jammu and Kashmir areas. He has held Master Green rating on Dakota and AN-12 aircrafts and is Right hand seat check Pilot on these aircrafts.

As Chief Executive Pilot, he has been entrusted with the duty to fly the VIPs at very short notice and at odd hours. Wing Commander Mehta at the cost of his personal comfort and domestic obligations, made himself available at all times for such duties thereby displaying total devotion to duty. He is fully dependable in accomplishing tasks even in difficult situations. With his excellent organising ability and exemplary discipline, he has infused confidence among his subordinates. He has been a regular Director General of Civil Aviation Examiner since 1 January 1980. In addition to training and examining plots he has been very closely associated with the development and expansion of civil aviation in the State.

For his professional competence, hard work, integrity and total devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Wing Commander Amrit Lal Mehta.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Subhash Chandra Mittal 8377 F(P)Unit : Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Subhash Chandra Mittal has been on the posted strength of Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment as Officer Commanding Flight Test Squadron since October 1980. He is a qualified Experimental Test Pilot, having graduated from the French Test Pilots' School in 1973-74. His present posting to ASTE is his second tenure with this unit, his first one having lasted from Jul 74 to Dec 77. Wing Commander Mittal is not only a very experienced test pilot of high caliber, competent to test most fixed wing aircraft of the Air Force, but also an operational pilot of considerable experience and merit with over 3000 hours of flying to his credit. He was amongst the first batch of pilots selected to undergo training on Jaguar aircraft in the UK and later served with credit as Flight Commander in the first Jaguar Squadron of the Indian Air Force. Besides maintaining an accident­free record, he achieved the highest instrument rating of Master Green and has been a Command Examiner on Supersonic Fighter aircraft.

His efficient handling of a special Missile project and the results of the tests carried out at ASTE have drawn very favorable comments from all agencies associated with this Project.

For his exceptional individual flying skill, unflinching devotion to duty and consistently outstanding performance as a test pilot, the President is pleased to award VAYU SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Subhash Chandra Mittal.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Chandra Nath Ghosh 10124 F(P)Unit : No.37 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Chandra Nath Ghosh (10124) Flying (Pilot) has been on the posted strength of a front line fighter Squadron since 03 Jul 78. During this period, he exemplified himself by his outstanding performance in flying and training of pilots in the Squadron. A pilot with above average flying cability, Sqn Ldr Ghosh won the individual championship in Rocket Firing during the Western Air Command Gunnery Meet in Mar 81. Squadron Leader Ghosh in his capacity as a Flight Commander was mainly responsible for updating the squadron operational status by successfully completing the Operational Training syllabus for 8 operationa pilots and 2 Operational Day pilots in just one year (1981-82).

During the period under consideration, Sqn Ldr Ghosh has flown a total of 1410:00 hours/2115 sorties on S-22 and MiG-21 (MF &M) aircraft. This is an exceptiona feat, considering the fact that in the same period, the officer has undergone some major service courses like staff college, FCL, Photo Interpreters Course. He has also done ground tenure as DS in Air Force Intelligence School at Poona.

Squadron Leader Ghosh is an officer with very high integrity and moral fortitude, who does not get dettered by the task assigned to him. Sqn Ldr Ghosh is truly an example of hard work and dedication who at every step inspires and motivates those placed around and below him.

For his excellent professional performance, hardwork, motivation, unflinching loyalty and integrity, the President is please to award VAYU SEVA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Chandra Nath Ghosh.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Prafullkumar Manohar Velankar 10126 F(P)Unit : 5 Base Repair Depot  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Prafullkumar Manohar Velankar while on the posted strength of one of the Base Repair Depot since 5 Dec 78 has been flight testing Kiran, Gnat and Ajeet aircraft.

During his tenure at this Depot Sqn Ldr Velankar has flown a total of 646.25 hours in flight testing of various types of aircraft. He has had an accident­free record during this time. He has also displayed cool professional competence in the handling of emergencies in the air when he experienced flame-outs on Gnats on three separate occasions, one flameout on Kiran at 5000 feet and one incident of Gnat canopy unlocking in the air. On each occasion he has competently taken the correct emergency action and safely landed the aircraft He has throughout displayed exemplary professionalism and zeal in his job.

He has flown 278 sorties/165.45 hours on Kiran Flight testing during the last nine months in addition to flying on other types of aircraft. He has been meticulous in his testing and has insisted on the highest standards of serviceability before clearing an aircraft. It is a matter of pride that ferry pilots from operating units have accepted all the aircraft cleared by Sqn Ldr Velankar with virtually no observations. For his extremely high professional competence, hard work and outstanding devotion to duty in the best traditions of the service, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Prafulkumar Manohar Velankar.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Vishwanathan Natarajan 10462 F(P)Unit : AirHQ Communications Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Viswanathan Natarajan is on the posted strength of a Helicopter Unit since 22 Jul 80. In July 1981 Jaipur area experienced unprecedented floods. Squadron Leader Viswanathan Natarajan conducted the relief operations and under his leadership and guidance 41810 Kgs of food and other supplies were airlifted to stranded villagers. A total 37:15 hours were flown by the unit detachment, of which 23:10 hours were flown by Squadron Leader Viswanathan Natarajan alone. Squadron Leader Natarajan worked tirelessly and it was by his singular determination and dauntless efforts that relief was provided in the shortest possible time to the affected area.

Squadron Leader Natarajan has over 5000 hours of helicopter flying to his credit, out of which 3000 hours have been flown as Captain over hazardous mountainous terrain in the East and in offshore flying over unforgiving seas of West and East Coast. Under his direct supervision as Flight Commander the unit flew a total of over 3000 hours, accident free, in the first year after induction. This was possible only because of Squadron Leader Natarajan's untiring efforts, zeal, devotion to duty, exemplary leadership and understanding of the critical problems in their totality.

For displaying exceptional professional skill, effective managerial ability and undaunted devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Viswanathan Natarajan.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Vinod Kumar Verma 11638 F(P)Unit : No.10 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Vinod Kumar Verma is posted since 30 December 80 as Flight Commander of an operational fighter squadron.

The Squadron was re­equipped with a new type of aircraft. Sqn Ldr VK Verma displayed utmost devotion to duty and dedication to work which helped the Squadron in the commencement of regular flying inspite of the various teething problems during the re-equipment. In a very short time, he was able to formulate the training syllabus and various procedures relating to the new type of aircraft, and has proved his high standard of professional knowledge.

Sqn Ldr VK Verma has always taken utmost pride in his work, shown selfless devotion to duty which has been a source of inspiration to his juniors and has earned great admiration from his superiors.

For his utmost devotion to duty, dedication to work and high standard of professional ability, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Vinod Kumar Verma.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Dinesh Chandra Kumaria 13366 F(P)Unit : No.5 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Flight Lieutenant Dinesh Chandra Kumaria is a UK trained pilot who has been on the posted strength of an operational squadron since 01 Sep 79. When he initially joined the Squadron there were only six UK trained pilots on whom fell the mantle of responsibility to organise and lay the infrastructure of the first Jaguar Squadron. Flt Lt Kumaria proved himself equal to the task. He coped with all demands made of him, volunteered for additional jobs and accomplished these well within specified time frames to the best of his ability.

With his continuous hard work on the ground and in the air, Flt Lt Kumaria soon established himself as a dependable and mature officer. He made rapid strides and was selected to undergo Qualified Weapons Instructor course in UK. With his usual dedication, he commenced studying for the course as soon as his name was recommended. On the course itself, his customary application and methodical approach paid dividends. He stood first and his aggregate marks has set a record that is unlikely to be broken in the near future.

For his dedicated attitude, professional .competence and high standards, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Fight Lieutenant Dinesh Chandra Kumaria.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

Vayu Sena Medal
Capt Karamdeep Singh Aulakh IAUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Captain Karamdeep Singh Aulakh an Air OP Pilot was detailed to carry out an Instrument Flying and circuits and landing sortie in a Cheetah Helicopter on the night of 29 Apr 82. After joining circuit, while commencing baseleg, the officer heard a loud bang accompanied by a bright flash of flame. The helicopter also yawed to the right. He correctly assessed it to be a case engine failure and took prompt and advisable course of action of executing a forced landing. Displaying exceptional flying skill, he avoided high tension cables and other obstacles and executed a smooth touch down in the only clearing with hard surface in the area. There was no injury to the crew or any damage to aircraft or civilian property.

This is the first known instance in the IAF of a helicopter pilot carrying out an entirely successful forced landing on an unprepared surface at night, after an engine failure. Captain. Aulakh's performance is all the more noteworthy in view of his limited flying experience.

For his outstanding professionalism and display of cool courage in handling of extremely dangerous emergency, the President is pleased to award VAYU SEVA MEDAL to Captain Karamdeep Singh Aulakh.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

Vayu Sena Medal
Fg Offr Subhash Mohan 15553 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Flying Officer Subhash Mohan was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 30 December 1978. Since then he has been on active flying duties. He has flown nearly 500 hours during this period.

Flying Officer Mohan was a member of the Marut team selected to take part in the Fire Power Demonstration in February 1982. On 10 February he was carrying out a practice mission of rocketry over Sidhwan Khas range in preparation for the Fire Power Demonstration. Immediately after he fired a salvo of rockets and initiated recovery from the dive the pilot felt severe vibrations and partial loss of longitudinal control. Parts of the forward fuselage of the aircraft had broken off thus causing unmanageable longitudinal instability. Flying Officer Mohan assessed the condition instantly and realising that the situation was irretrievable he ejected safely. Any delay in his action would have been fatal. Despite being relatively inexperienced, the pilot displayed remarkable ability to assess a dangerously critical situation and took the correct action immediately. He saved his life which by any means is a valuable Air Force asset, and by doing so he was available to assist the investigating team in ascertaining the cause of the accident, which might not have been possible under different circumstances. Flying Officer Mohan's actions speak highly of the standard of training he has undergone so far and his ability to assimilate instructions.

For displaying maturity and ability to assess critical situations and acting promptly and correctly, the President is pleased to award VAVU SENA MEDAL to Flying Officer Subhash Mohan.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

Vayu Sena Medal
MWO Aaron Patrick 400277 ORUnit : Aircrew Examination Board  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Master Warrant Officer Aaron Patrick was enrolled in the Service in April 1950 and was remustered to the trade of Flight Engineer in 1961. Since then, the Master Warrant Officer has flown over 6760 hrs (inclusive of 1320 hours operational) on six different types of aircraft.

Master Warrant Officer Aaaron Patrick has faired extremely well, professionally by achieving the transport category 'A' on three different type of aircraft viz. C-119L, AN 12, L-1049 in a matter of 14 years prior to being posted to the Aircrew Examining Board on 18 May 75. As an Air Force Examiner, Master Warrant Officer Patrick has displayed a high degree of professionalism and made significant contribution towards maintaining high standards of proficiency among Flight Engineers in Indian Air Force. By his extra ordinary zeal and dedication to duty, the categorisation state percentage of Flight Engineers in Transport Squadrons remained high. During his tenure as an Air Force Examiner, in the last 20 months, the Master Warrant Officer has flown over 1060 hours in aircrew testing on as many as six different types of aircraft. On many an occasion he has handled a large number of categorisation tests in different types of aircraft single handedly, working often beyond the call of duty. The fact that the Master Warrant Officer has done over 677 tests of aircrew and remained out of base over 675 days in his tenure at Air Crew Examining Board is testimony of his sustained hard work and dedication to duty.

For his exceptional professionalism and dedication to duty of highest order, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Master Warrant Officer Aaron Patrick.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

Vayu Sena Medal
WO Chandra Gopal Shukla 221618 ORUnit : No.33 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
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Warrant Officer Chandra Gopal Shukla Flight Engineer has rendered 26 years of distinguished service and is an asset to the Indian Air Force. He is a highly motivated flier and has always performed his duties as an aviator with great professional zeal, enthusiasm and fervour.

As a Flight Engineer Warrant Officer Shukla has many a firsts to his credit. In the year 1970, when he crossed 1000 hours of operational flying on Caribou aircraft, he was the first Flt Engr to achieve this coveted figure on Caribou in the Eastern theatre. To date, he is the first and only Flt Engr in the Indian Air Force who has the distinction of flying 2000 operational hours on Caribou aircraft in the Eastern sector. In addition he has 1000 operational hours in the Rajasthan sector on Mi­4 helicopters. His tally of 750 hours of flying on Caribou during the year 1981 was a record in itself. He has thus 3000 operational hours to his credit. His airmanship and professional competence are par excellence. He is always cool and confident in the air. His sense of duty and complete respect for discipline are worthy of emulation by his subordinates. His diligence, hard work and sound professional approach have earned him admiration from his superiors.

For his willingness to be ever ready for flying, devotion to duty and the record amount of operational flying, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Warrant Officer Chandra Copal Shukla.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Rajinder Kumar Chaudhary 6122 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
Details : Citation Not Available.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1982 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Jaswant Kumar Singh 6186 LGSUnit : 27 Equipment Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Jaswant Singh Kumar was commissioned in the IAF in May 61. He has held several important appointments including Senior Logistics Officer of two Air Bases and Assistant Air Attaché at London. During the preceding 2 ½ years he has been commanding an important Equipment Depot dealing in storage, issue and maintenance of common user vehicles.

Wing Commander Kumar has devised a procedure that has ensured a smooth flow of vehicles, both in and out, without the need of escorts. Despite 100 monthly in and out allotments, the officer achieved a state of Nil escort pending Vehicles collection.

Wg Cdr Kumar has undertaken the special task of organising and controlling the Republic Day March Past Vehicular Column in 1981 and 1982. The excellent performance of the Vehicular column was appreciated by the Chief of the Air Staff and Air Officer Incharge Maintenance. This was achieved by Wg Cdr Kumar without any additional manpower or help.

Wg Cdr Kumar was given the special task of speedy unloading and clearance of more than 100 Specialist vehicles at Bombay. He achieved this task in full measure, without having to pay any demurrage charges.

For his remarkable resourcefulness, leadership qualities and achievements of major results with limited resources, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Wg Cdr Jaswant Singh Kumar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Ghanshyam Gururani 6387 AE(M)Unit : 3 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
Details :

Wing Commander Ghanshyam Gururani was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in December, 1961. He has been closely associated with AN-12s right from the beginning and since November, 1978, he is heading the AN-12 overhaul line. During his stay, he had planned and executed 11 overhauls, 6 full life extensions, 14 mid-life extensions, 31 emb odiment of bulletins and special tasks, 7 Category 'B' repairs and 38 Category 'C' repairs.

The sustenance of AN-12 heavy transport fleet is vital and inescapable for the air maintenance of the troops deployed in farflung borders. It is therefore essential that a maximum number of this type of aircraft is kept flight worthy. This calls for elaborate repair schemes, extensive structural checks and incorporation of is large number of modifications. Wg Cdr Gururani with his excellent professional knowledge, meticulous planning, successfully executed the overhaul/ repairs of these aircraft well within a very strict time name, against innumerable odds like shortage of spares, technical expertise and manpower. He showed qualities of leadership, devotion to duty and determination in executing this formidable task.

In rejuvenating this heavy transport fleet and giving a further lease of 5/10 years life, Wing Commander Ghanshyam Gururani has made a significant contribution to the operational tasks of AN-12 fleet. For the excellent work done by hire, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Ghanshyam Gururani.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Virendra Kumar Jain 6389 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Virendra Kumar Jain was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 1 Dec 61 and has held important field staff appointments like Senior Technical Officer, Chief Engineering Officer of front line bases and Group Engineering Officer. Presently he is posted at one of the premier transport Squadrons.

Although his new assignment basically involved improving the serviceability state of the aircraft under his charge it also entailed refining the working of the Daily Servicing Section, where he achieved phenomenal success. Often he had to work long hours and very ably diagnosed the key problem areas and evolved effective remedial measures.

In order to achieve the objective of producing "safe and reliable aircraft", Wg Cdr Jain evolved quite a few repair and servicing schemes. But his most remarkable achievement was the review of the first and second line spare indents prepared by Air HQ for the year 1980 and 81. He scrutinised every item mentioned on the indent in the light of his experience. He made a number of changes in the indent as a result of which the indent become more objective and led to saving of foreign exchange to the tune of rupees one crore approximately.

For his dedicated and selfless service, ingenuity, leadership, professional competence and initiative of a very high order, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Virendra Kumar Jain.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Savinder Mohan Singh Chadha 6588 AE(M)Unit : Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Svinder Mohan Singh Chadha was commissioned in the IAF in June 1962. A highly qualified and brilliant engineering officer of the erstwhile armament branch, he has successfully held many sensitive field appointments, which include as many as six tenures as Engineering Officer, Senior Technical Officer and Chief Engineering Officer of various supersonic Squadrons and Wings.

Since Jan 78 he has been employed as Weapon Test Engineer at Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment. Wg Cdr Chadha has been the brain and driving force behind all weapon systems development and evaluation trials undertaken by ASTE during his tenure. A highly capable, yet modest officer who has made a maor contribution in enhancing the operational potential of the IAF through extremely conscientious and dedicated hard work of exemplary proportion.

For his exceptional professional ability and exemplary devotion to duty resulting in successful completion of many weapon systems development project of great importance to the Indian Air Force, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Svinder Mohan Singh Chadha.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Rampati Kondaiah 6813 AE(M)Unit : 4 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Kondaiah Rampati was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in Nov 62. An engineering officer of a proven capability he has undergone Defence Service Staff College course at Wellington. For three years he served with distinction as Senior Technical Instructor at Air Force Technical College. Since Dec 79, he is posted as Chief Engineering Officer at a major transport base.

During his tenure as CEO, he maintained the serviceability of the aircraft at his base at an average of 62% in 1980 and 52% in 1981 as against the target of 50%. On 29 Dec 80, one of the Squadron flew all 16 of their aircraft while the other Squadron had 15 out of 16 aircraft in serviceable condition. The CEO had to consistently guide his officers and staff in achieving this feat. He studied the problem of aero engines having large failure of cylinders. With great determination and zeal he introduced series of checks and servicing for timely detection of weak areas in the engine. As a result of this a large number of cylinder failures were detected on ground which otherwise would have created serious emergencies in the air. The Wing earned the distinction of nil accident rate during the year 1981. He inspired all his officers and men a sense of participation in achieving this herculean task. During the IAF Golden Jubilee Celebrations, in Feb 82 he organised the Air Static Display which was a grand success. For the initiative, dedication to duty in the discharge of his duties, the President is pleased to award V1SH- ISHT SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Kondaiah Rampati.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Surinder Mohan Bhatia 7066 AE(M)Unit : AHQ  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Surinder Mohan Bhatia was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 31 January, 1463. While serving as Engineer Officer of a Transonic Fighter Squadron he was commended twice by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command for his outstanding work in the Squadron. During the 1971 Operations, he was commended by Chief of the Air Staff for distinguished service. Subsequently, he was posted as the Squadron Technical Officer of a Supersonic Fighter Squadron, where he earned commendation by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command for the high standard of aircraft maintenance.

Later, the officer was selected for a postgraduate course in Aircraft Propulsion at IIT, Bombay, from 1976 to 1978. He passed out with distinction and stood first in the course. After post-graduation, he was posted to a Base Repair Depot, where he was commended by Chief of the Air Staff for achieving an ambitious target of aircraft overhaul.

After the successful completion of his training abroad he was posted to Air Headquarters in 1980 and was entrusted with the maintenance planning connected with the induction of the latest type of aircraft and weapons system. The officer toiled ceaselessly with a determined bid to ensure smooth induction of the latest type of strike aircraft in the Indian Air Force. In the shortest possible period, a few Squadrons have become fully, Operational.

For his exceptional professional ability, effectiveness in management of resources and devotion to duty of a very high order, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Surinder Mohan Bhatia.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Satish Govind Inamdar 7189 F(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Satish Govind Inamdar was commissioned in the IAF in Mar 63 and since then has been in flying continuously except for a short stint at Air HQs as Deputy Director Air Staff Requirements. A Pilot Attack Instructor and a Test Pilot he has undergone Defence Services Staff College Course at Wellington. At present he is posted as Officer Commanding of one of the front line fighter Squadrons.

The Squadron has made spectacular progress under his dynamic and foresighted leadership. The aircraft serviceability was brought up to 76.5% from low figure of 54.1%. The Operational status was as low as 38.8% was brought up to commendable 64.7%.

His attention to welfare of the personnel of his Squadron as well as the mess staff has been remarkable. His is the only Squadron from where no Redress of Grievances or requests for Air Officer Commanding's interview have been received. The Squadron would also perhaps the only one which presents parting momentoes to every airman and NC (E) that is posted out. His idea of presenting woolen jerseys to mess staff as Diwali gift was original and utility oriented. He even organized a donation of the major cost of the item from M/S Modella through his own initiative and efforts.

On the basis of his overall performance, it could be said that Wg Cdr SG Inamdar has succeeded in shaping his Squadron into a well organized operational unit. He has been an example of effective leadership in air and on ground. At the same time, he has handled his secondary duty exceedingly well.

For his overall performance, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Satish Govind Inamdar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Dilip Kamalakar Parulkar 7227 F(P)Unit : National Defence Academy  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
Details :

Wing Commander Dilip Kamalkar Parulkar was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in March 1963. Ever since, he has held various appointments like the Flying Instructor at Air Force Academy and has been on deputation to Singapore for two years. Presently, he is serving a ground tenure as Battalion Commander at National Defence Academy.

During Indo-Pak conflict in 1965, his aircraft was hit by enemy fire and had injured his right shoulder. Despite the advise from his leader to eject he flew the crippled aircraft back to base, for which he was awarded Vayu Sena Medal

During 1971 Indo-Pak War, Wg Cdr DK Parulkar while a Prisoner of War in Pakistan displayed initiative, pride in his nation and in the Indian Air Force of an exceptional degree. He was the leader of an escape attempt in which he along with two colleagues escaped from the POW Camp. This attempt carried out in the face of a hostile, treacherous and unpredictable enemy required relentless hard work, determination and valour which was in the highest tradition of the IAF. This act compelled the enemy to respect the calibre of the IAF not only in the air but on the ground also, as well as our great nation.

For dedicated and distinguished service of a very high order the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SENA MEDAL to Wing Commander Dilip Kamalkar Parulkar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Sharanjit Singh 7356 AE(L)Unit : EE&IU  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
Details :

Wing Commander Sharanjit Singh was commissioned in the IAF in 1964 and had held a number of important appointments. While serving as Senior Technical Officer of a fighter squadron, with his professional competence he maintained a very high serviceability of Aircraft and accident free record for which he was awarded commendation by Chief of the Air Staff. During 1973-77 while commanding a signals unit Wg Cdr Sharanjit Singh by his tireless efforts and optimum utilisation of men and material brought his unit to a very high standard to win "Best Radar Unit Trophy".

Wg Cdr Sharanjit Singh took over the Command of present unit with a number of handicaps, mainly, acute shortage of technicians, inadequate accommodation and high magnitude of pending tasks at Flying Stations. With his enthusiasm, drive and leadership qualities, he motivated his limited men and commissioned two Ground Control Approach stations in record time and brought the third station in final stages. The unit under his leadership is ahead of the task in installation of Direction Finding Navigation aids. He has established a sense of oneness among his men and officers hence none desires to leave the unit though it is a hard living unit.

For his outstanding drive, initiative, dedication to duty and professional competence the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Sharanjit Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Sundara Krishna Suresh Sitaram 7910 AE(L)Unit : AHQ  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
Details :

Wing Commander Sundara Krishna Suresh Sitaram was commissioned in the IAF in October, 1968. He has so far served with distinction in Air Force Signal Centre, a Fighter Squadron, Base Repair Depot and Directorate of Air Staff Requirement, Air Headquarters where he was commended by Chief of the Air Staff in 1978, for his pioneering work in the satellite communication area.

A graduate of Communication and Electronics Staff Course, USA and Defence Service Staff College, Wellington, he was posted to Directorate of Signals where he successfully carried out the trials of establishing an air-to-ground telephone.

Wg Cdr SKS Sitaram in February, 1982 was given the responsibility of organising the nation-wide live telecast of Fire Power Demonstration held at Tilpat Range. In order to successfully organise the telecast within the short time that was available, Wg Cdr SKS Sitaram had to personally coordinate with Indian Space Research Organisation, Door Darshan, Department of P & T and HQ Western Air Command. Under the guidance of Director of Signals (Air), Wg Cdr SKS Sitaram succeeded in positioning the Transportable Remote Area Communication Terminal of ISRO, Outdoor Broadcasting Van of Door Darshan at Tilpat on time and in aligning the P & T microwave circuits for telecasting of event throughout the country in real time. By his untiring effort, initiative and derive Wg Cdr SKS Sitaram successfully organised the nation-wide live telecast of Fire Power Demonstration. This was the first time an event of this kind was live telecast throughout the nation using a satellite.

For having displayed a high degree of professional competence, dedication and result oriented approach to the task assigned to him, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Sundara Krishan Suresh Sitaram.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Virendra Pradhan 8173 F(P)Unit : South Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
Details :

Wing Commander Virendra Pradhan was commissioned in Dec 63. Since then, he has held various important assignments with distinction. While on the posted strength of a transport Squadron, he carried out operational flying for four years in Naga Hills, NEFA and in the action against hostilities in Mizoram in 1966. He completed his bomber conversion in 1967 and during 1971 operations, he successfully carried out a number of bombing interdiction sorties in the Eastern and Western sectors. In 1972 he was posted to form the Maritime Strike Force wherein he completed 1000 operational hours on Canberras and gained his "Master Green" rating. Thereafter, he successfully completed the Judge Advocates Course. He is the first and the only "Pilot" to achieve this distinction.

Wg Cdr Pradhan is a highly motivated and extremely hard-working officer, who can be entrusted with any intricate task and can be depended upon to produce results in an unbelievably short time. On being posted as Command Judge Advocate at HQ South Western Air Command in Sep 79, he took prompt action to ensure that all the disciplinary cases in the years 1979 and 80 were finalised during the same years.

Endowed with indomitable energy and with a sense of total commitment to his duties, he analysed the offence pattern in the Command and rendered timely legal advice to Commanders in the field which resulted in bringing down the offence rate considerably.

For displaying high qualities of leadership, organising ability and professional compe tence the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Virendra Pradhan.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Jagdish Chandra Malik 6989 EDNUnit : DPR  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Jagdish Chandra Malik was commissioned in the IAF in January 1963. Thereafter the officer served as instructor at a Ground Training Establishment and at Air Force Administrative Collage. Later he served as Chief Instructor at the Jungle and Snow Survival School and conducted 40 survival courses in inhospitable areas.

Squadron Leader Malik set up the Public Relations Unit of Defence Ministry at Headquarters Western Air Command in 1971. Later in 1976, he was appointed the Public Relations Officer (Air Force) at the Directorate of Public Relations of the Ministry of Defence.

The officer has made significant contribution to the Publicity of the IAF. Prior to and during 1971 operations he worked ceaselessly and secured wide publicity for the air operations and allied activity in the Western Sector. He also wrote a number of articles on Air Operations, besides reporting day to day activities. The officer performed his job willingly and cheerfully with complete disregard to his personal comfort, at odd hours and often in adverse working conditions. His work has contributed greatly to better understanding of Defence Services among the masses.

For his services of very high order, spread over a decade, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Jagdish Chandra Malik.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Gulshan Rai Malhotra 8257 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Gulshan Rai Malhotra was commissioned in the IAF in January 1964. For the next ten years, he was posted to Guided Weapons where he specialised in three major independent systems.

Based on his performance the officer was sent abroad to undergo a Computer Course. Since his return, the officer is posted to Programming and Simulation Center to work in the pioneering task of Air Defence Data Handling systems. The officer had done a laudable job in planning, designing and implementation of a number of systems especially the project that would be the basis of more advanced tracking system.

The officer has on his own studied the operating system and guides other programmers in their work. He is also engaged in futuristic task of writing Tracking Package in Micro Processor Assembly language.

For his exemplary efforts in the pioneering field and ability to interact in getting best out of his staff, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Guishan Rai Malhotra.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Partap Singh 8897 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Pratap Singh was commi ssioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) Branch on 05 October, 1964. He has served with distinction as Engineering Officer in Fighter Squadrons and as Signal Officer in Units and Wings.

He was one of the few technical officers selected for training on the latest type of Fighter/Bomber aircraft. He obtained 'excellent' grade in his training. On completion of training, this officer was posted to a wing as Officer in charge of Type 24 Mobile Conversion Flight and close Range Navigation Complex.

The task of completing installation of the Mobile Conversion Flight equipment and is commissioning was time bound. So was the installation, testing and commissioning of the close Range Navigation Complex. The resources available with the officer were limited. But his professionalism, inspiring leadership and personal example inspired his men to accomplish these tasks with the given time frame. He continued to work with commendable energy, single minded devotion and perseverance and improved the functioning of both the Mobile Conversion Flight and the Navigation Complex. He achieved the similar fetes at two more stations.

Sqn Ldr Pratap Singh projects the image of a dynamic Engineering Officer. His drive and initiative knows no bounds when it comes to any kind of challenge requiring persistent efforts. He has, thus, set a fine example of skilful and competent technical officer and has been a source of inspiration to those working under him.

For his professional excellence, organizing ability man management and selfless devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Pratap Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

The Awards Database presented here was made possible by the kind generosity of Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, author of Courage & Devotion to Duty : A Chronicle of IAF's Honours and Awards (1932-2008). Air Marshal Bharat Kumar had very graciously given permission to reproduce the citations from the book on this website.
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