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Air Marshal Minoo Merwan Engineer PVSM, MVC, DFC[1] (1921–1997) is the most decorated officer of Indian Air Force till date, and the younger brother of 1960-1964 IAF Chief (and Indian Ambassador to Iran) Aspy Engineer. He joined Royal Indian Air Force in 1940 and served in Burma in the world war. He was awarded the DFC for his part in the Arakan operations. Later in 1948 he served in Jammu and Kashmir front.[citation needed] He was the Station Commander at Srinagar Airfield then. He was awarded the Mahavir Chakra for his services there.[2] He was made Air Marshal in 1964 and appointed as AOC-in chief of Eastern Air Command. For his services in the Eastern sector, he was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal. At the time of 1971 India-Pakistan War he was AOC-in Chief of Western Air Command.

Minoo Merwan Engineer

Birth nameMinoo Merwan Engineer
Born01 Dec 1921
Allegiance British India (1940-1947)
 India (from 1947)
Service/branch Royal Air Force
 Indian Air Force
Years of service1940-1973
RankAir Marshal of IAF.png Air Marshal
Service number1614 F(P)
UnitWestern Air Command
Commands heldWestern Air Command (06 Aug 1969 - 31 Mar 1973)
Eastern Air Command (05 Aug 1963 - 30 Sep 1964)
No.4 Squadron (01 Nov 1946 - 01 May 1947)
No.4 Squadron, IAF (01 Nov 1946 - 27 May 1947)
No.8 Squadron (30 Nov 1945 - 09 Oct 1946)
Battles/warsBurma Campaign
Arakan Campaign 1942–43
Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
AwardsDistinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Maha Vir Chakra
Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Padma Bhushan
RelationsAspy Engineer

He was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his leadership and services.[3]


  1. ^ Sapru, Somnath (2014). Combat Lore: Indian Air Force 1930-1945: Indian Air Force 1930-1945. KW Publishers Pvt Ltd. p. 450. ISBN 978-93-83649-25-9.
  2. ^ "WG CDR MINOO MERWAN ENGINEER | Gallantry Awards". Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  3. ^ News Article in Depth Archived August 1, 2012, at WebCite