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This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, AIR MARSHAL. P. M. SUNDARAM, 79 years old, born on November 6, 1931, and passed away on November 13, 2010. We will remember him forever.
November 6, 2017
November 6, 2017
We miss you Masila Anna. We miss your laughter and jokes and love.
November 13, 2014
November 13, 2014
Love you Masila Mama. Miss you. I can still hear your voice and your laughter.
November 11, 2013
November 11, 2013
I cannot forget the day when he called me on the way to hospital telling me I am just going for a regular checkup sujatha I asked shall I come he said not necessary just wanted to talk to you he said I did not knew that was the last words spoken by him to me what a wonderful person I still have the frock which he gifted for my daughter. All Sweet memories will b cherished inmy life long
November 11, 2013
November 11, 2013
He is such a wonderful role model for model how I should face my life any problems i use to discuss with him whether it is personal or official. He use call me in intercomm asking sujatha why you did not come and see me today. I use to handover cheque to him he will give me his letter heads to me and say you only type the bill I will sign,I never miss him seeing during his visit to IGS

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December 18, 2021
Citation at the Award of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal - Presidential Award- Highest PeaceTime Military Award - 1992

Air Marshal Pinnapakkam Masilamani Sundaram was commissioned in the Air Force Medical Services on the 1st March, 1955. The entire service career of this illustrious Air Officer has been marked with academic brilliance, excellent performance in field and staff appointments and total dedication to service.

Armed with wide-ranging qualifications in the field of General and Aviation Medicine, the Air Officer held various appointments wherein he successfully carried out projects requiring extensive medicine and aviation interface. One of these was a project on design and development of the universal cockpit at the Institute of Aviation Medicine at Bangalore. The project now serves as a versatile tool for human engineering problems relating to fitness of aircrew with disabilities. In addition, the Air Officer also served two distinguished tenures as Head of the Department of Acceleration Physiology at this prestigious institution.

Later, as Deputy Principal Medical Officer (Aviation Medicine) at HQ Western Air Command, the Air Officer brought about innovative changes in the aircrew survival pack and casualty air evacuation procedures. Further, during his tenure as the Officer-inCharge Aero-Bio Engineering unit in the R&D Organisation, the Air Officer was instrumental in the development and indigenisation of various items of flying clothing including oxygen masks which led to vital savings in foreign exchange.

Appointed Air Officer Commanding of Aviation Medicine in 1985, the Air Officer provided remarkable leadership in the growth of professional knowledge of the IAF's medical community as a whole, besides several aviation and human-engineering related projects.

Air Officer was appointed Commandant of the Air Force Hospital, Bangalore in 1987 in the rank of Air Vice Marshal. Here, he provided the much needed guidance in the treatment of a large number of OP “Pawan" casualties.

Before his retirement from service as the Director General of Medical Services, Air Force, Air Marshal Sundaram has effectively used his vast professional expertise and experience in successfully tackling aviationmedico problems.

Air Marshal Pirtnapakkam Masilamani Sundaram, AVSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

December 18, 2021

Citation for Award of the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal - Presidential Award 1982

Group Captain Pinnapakkam Masilamani Sundaram joined the Air Force Medical Service on 1st March, 1955. While in service he successfully completed the Diploma in Public Health from Osmania University Hyderabad in 1965 and the MD Degree in General Medicine from Madras University in 1974. He is a specialist in Aviation Medicine since 1962. He was awarded the Chief of the Air Staff Medal for being the best student in Aviation Medicine in the primary courses. He was deputed to undergo the Advance Aerospace Medicine Course at the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Texas, USA in 1968 where he obtained special training in Acceleration Physiology. Group Captain P. M. Sundaram has held a wide variety of appointments as a specialist medical officer in the Indian Air Force. He has been in charge of the Department of Acceleration Physiology at the Institute of Aviation Medicine, Bangalore from 1969 to 1971 and again from 1973 to 1975. During his tenure at the Institute of Aviation Medicine he has carried out many research projects independently which are of direct benefit to the Air Force. His work led to the standardisation of the technique of determination of G threshold of pilots which is currently being followed. In this study he was also able to establish a correlation between Pilot's G threshold and their anthropometric measurements. Group Captain P.M. Sundaram completed the project on design and development of the Universal cockpit at the Institute of Aviation Medicine which is a versatile tool for human engineering problems in relation to fitness of aircrew with disabilities. 

During his tenure as DPMO (Aviation Medicine) at Western Air Command, Group Captain Sundaram was responsible for streamlining the Casualty Air Evacuation Procedures and was instrumental in bringing out the publication of Casualty Air Evacuation which is still in current use. He carried out a survey of survival packs with a view to provide aircrew with all survival aids in the event of an emergency situation. Similarly he also carried out a detailed study of use of ear defenders by personnel so as to contribute to the hearing conservation programme of the Air Force. 

Group Captain P. M. Sundaram has also successfully completed the tenure as Officerin­Charge Aero Bio Engineering Unit in the R & D Organisation. During his tenure he was responsible for the development and indigenisation of various items of flying clothing, safety and survival equipment. More particularly it was during his tenure that indigenous oxygen masks were produced in bulk thus saving valuable foreign exchange. Specific requirement of development of G loaded helmet for the Ajeet Aircraft was carried out under his guidance and supervision. 

Group Captain P.M. Sundaram has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Memories from a former Indian Air Force Medical Officer

December 18, 2021
She was in the IAF as a physician and her husband was a fighter pilot. She recently wrote to a medical school classmate of hers: 
His father (Air Marshal Sundaram) was good to me. I wanted a posting (to be transferred to) to MH  Agra, in the Army since my husband was commanding 106 SRS in Agra.
Air Marshal Sundaram used to joke with me,  "Pray that I get appointed as DG (Director General of the Air Force Medical Services), and I will look after you". When he was promoted as Air Marshal and appointed as DG in New Delhi, I went to meet him, and I told him: "My prayers were answered!" He asked me how many days would I need to pack up to move!
Within 3 weeks he posted me (got me transferred to) to MH Agra!  I was in Air Force but did 6 postings with the Army, including 153 GH in Leh 
This episode is a reflection of his light hearted personality and getting things done promptly to help others.

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