|Date of Birth:||13 Jul 1922|
|Date Commissioned||19 Jan 1942||Course||7OBS Course|
|Service End||Retired on 01 Apr 1976 / Died on 22 Jan 2012|
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|22 Apr 1942 - 16 Sep 1942||Plt Offr||No. 2 Squadron, RIAF||Poona||Fm RAF Pesh To 6CDF|
|21 Sep 1942 - 28 Nov 1942||Plt Offr||No. 6 Flight (Coastal Defence)||Drigh Road||Obs Fm 2 Sqn To RAF Asansol|
|01 Mar 1943 - 30 Nov 1944||Plt Offr||No. 8 Squadron, RIAF||Peshawar||Obs Attd 152OTU Peshawar|
|01 Jan 1958 - 01 Jan 1960||Gp Capt||Defence Services Staff College||Wellington||CI (Air)|
|01 Jan 1960 - 01 Jan 1962||Gp Capt||2 Wing||Lohegaon (Pune)||Stn Cdr|
|01 Jan 1970 - 01 Dec 1970||AVM||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||ACAS (Ops) 1st|
|01 Oct 1973 - 27 Jun 1974||Air Mshl||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||DCAS|
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|Ati Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Cmde||Sarosh Jehangir Dastur||1792 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1969||Announced 26 Jan 1969|
|Details :||Citation / Details Not Available|
|Reference : Gazette of India : No.12 - Pres/69 dated 26th January 1969|
|Remarks: Obituary Notice (Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava) Note added: 2012-01-24|
May his soul rest in eternal peace. May his grieving family overcome grief at this loss and recall with pride his good deeds, particularly after his formal retirement. These were in the true tradition of the Parsi community in India. A long life may not be full enough but a full life is long enough. Air Marshal Dastur had the best of both and left behind some wonderful memories and achievements.
|Remarks: by Air Marshal Satish Inamdar Note added: 2012-01-25|
I grieve for this very fine and percipient man. RIP!
I was on the rolls of HAL, on deputation, flight testing at HAL (ND), Ozar, in 1974-77, when I first met Air Mshl Dastur. The neighbouring 11 BRD had just been set up to overhaul Su-7s but had no TPs on their strength to flight test and clear the ac as they came out. There was much protracted correspondence between 11 BRD, HAL (ND), HQ MC, HAL HO & Air HQ to allow such HAL TPs at Ozar as were qualified on the Su-7 to undertake the job till a TP or two could be posted to the BRD; there was nil forward movement in the matter.
It was Chairman Air Mshl Dastur, on a day's visit to Ozar, who, on being told of the problem by W/C P Ashoka, CTP, and G/C DS Misra, the BRD Boss, took just ten minutes to get the picture. He picked up the phone, spoke to the DCAS (A/M Zaheer), the VCAS (A/M Dhatigara, I think) and the AOC-in-C MC (A/M Pandit, I think), got a decision and told GM HAL Ozar & G/C DS Misra, the BRD Boss, to quickly sort out the nettlesome pilot insurance cover issue locally and get on with the flight testing. He said he wanted to see the first overhauled Sukhoi flight tested within a week! Air Mshl Pandit later called the BRD Boss and told him the same thing.
After two dual checks on a Su trainer that was sent to Ozar to drop a ferry pilot, followed by two solo trips on a fighter that had just been flown in with a few hours remaining, I did get airborne for a flight test before the week was out and cleared the first India overhauled Su-7 ac after three flights! There was much jubilation in the BRD; it was also one of my few first hand experiences of high level decision making in the fast track, after a matter was kept unresolved by red tape/ indecision at lower levels, shuttling up & down, for 7 months!
His taking me along on an HAL delegation visit to the Farnborough air show the next summer, was a high water mark of my 3-year stint in HAL!
'Dastur', like many other Parsee last names, denotes a profession/ occupation, meaning a priest at the Agyari, the fire temple, I think.
Never met him, after I left HAL in 1977. As I said at the outset, I grieve for him.