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Courage & Devotion to Duty: A Chronicle of IAF's Honours and Awards: 1932-2008

Bharat Kumar (Compiler)
Synopsis Honours and Awards are an integral part of the Armed Forces. It is therefore imperative that a consolidated record is maintained of the Awardees along with their photographs. However, this part of history is more often not neglected. This trend is not peculiar to the Indian Armed Forces but has been prevalent all over the world. This book attempts to rectify this situation in respect of the Indian Air Force. As things stand today, there is no single known source that has citations and photographs of all decorated Air Warriors of the Indian Air Force. The official lists of awardees have missed out names of personnel recommended by the IAF and subsequently conferred with various awards. The availability of citations is even more difficult. As far as photography of awardees is concerned, there is no system in place today and it is not possible to get hold of photographs of most decorated Air Warriors especially those who retired from the service in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. This Monograph has attempted to fill in these gaps in the history of the Indian Air Force. The Chronicle covers the period right from the inception of the Indian Air Force i.e., 8th October, 1932 till 31st December 2008. The names covered in this Chronicle not only include those belonging to the Indian Air Force but also members of the Indian Army, Indian Navy as well as the civilians whose names were recommended by the IAF. The Chronicle also included those foreigners who were a part of or attached to the Indian Air Force when they were conferred with awards. Air Marshal Bharat Kumar was commissioned in the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force in December, 1959. A Fighter Combat Leader and an Instrument Rating Examiner, he had over 2900 hours of fighter flying to his credit. He took part in Indo-Pakistan Conflicts of 1965 and 1971.
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About the author

Bharat Kumar

Air Marshall Bharat Kumar (Retired) is a former Commander-in-Chief of the Southern Air Command of the Indian Air Force. After his retirement in 1997, he settled down in New Delhi, India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Courage & Devotion to Duty: A Chronicle of IAF's Honours and Awards: 1932-2008
Author Bharat Kumar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Pahujas
Language: English
length 918p., Illustrations; 31cm.