H C Dewan

Born20 September 1921
Died22 August 2017
Allegiance British India (1942–1947)
 India (from 1947)
Service/branch Royal Indian Air Force
 Indian Air Force
Battles/warsBurma Campaign
Lt Gen A A K Niazi signing the Pakistani Instrument of Surrender under the gaze of Lt Gen J S Aurora. Standing immediately behind (L-R) Vice Admiral Krishnan, Air Marshal Dewan, Lt. Gen Sagat Singh, Maj Gen JFR Jacob.

Air Marshal Hari Chand Dewan, PVSM (20 September 1921 – 22 August 2017) was an Indian Air Force officer. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1972 for his services at the head of the Eastern Air Command in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.[1]


Hari Chand Dewan was born on 20 September 1921.[2] In 1940 he was one of the 24 Indian pilots seconded to the UK.[3] In 1969 he received Param Vishist Seva Medal.[4] He was head of the Eastern Air Command in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.[5]


Dewan died in August 2017 at the age of 95.[2]


  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 October 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Service Record for Air Marshal Hari Chand Dewan". Bharat Rakshak. Retrieved 22 November 2022.
  3. ^ Chowdhry, Mohindra S. (2018). "7. Sikhs in the Second World War". Defence of Europe by Sikh Soldiers in the World Wars. Leicestershire: Troubador Publishing Ltd. pp. 329–383. ISBN 978-1788037-983.
  4. ^ The Rotarian. Rotary International. 1969. p. 28.
  5. ^ Batabyal, Guru Saday (2020). Politico-Military Strategy of the Bangladesh Liberation War, 1971. Taylor & Francis. p. 282. ISBN 978-1-000-31766-4.