Ribbon Bars of the RIAF Legends
|This page is a result of another hobby of mine - Type Collecting of Medals. How would the medal ribbon bars of the Great pioneers of the Indian Air Force look like? We do not have much in terms of photographic evidence. So we can only speculate on who was eligible for what medal.||
Air Chief Marshal Pratap Chandra Lal Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan DFC
No photographs of the Air Chief Marshal exist showing him wearing ribbons at the time of his retirement. When he took office in 1969, He had only two and half rows of ribbons as seen here. At the end of the 71 war, he would have added a Padma Vibhushan, two Campaign stars, two Long service medals (instituted in 1970) and a 25 Years commemorative medal.
Wing Commander KK Majumdar DFC and Bar
Wg Cdr KK 'Jumbo' Majumdar has the distinction of being the only Indian to be awarded a Bar to the DFC. He saw service on the NWFP, Burma Front and finally over France after DDay. He lost his life in an accident in Feb 45. No photographs of him exist wearing his ribbons, so this is a speculation. DFC with Bar, an Indian General Service Medal 1936 with "NWFP" Clasp and a 1939-43 Star comprises the top row.
Second row would have a France and Germany Star, awarded to aircrew involved in operations over Europe. The Burma Star, The Defence Medal and the War medal.
Air Commodore Mehar Singh MVC DSO
The Only RIAF Officer to ever be awarded a DSO, Mehar Singh was also the first RIAF Officer to be awarded the Maha Vir Chakra. Mehar Singh saw action in the NWFP in Audax and Wapiti biplanes before going to the Burma Front commanding No.6 Hurricane Squadron.
Last Updated 1 May 2004