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Group Captain Zafar Ahmed Shah

Service No 1805 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 22 Jan 1921
Date Commissioned 26 Jan 1942 Course 11 Course
Service End Died in Service 17 Jan 1962
Remarks : k in Gnat - Vampire MAC
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 05 Apr 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 15 Aug 1949Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1954
Acting Gp Capt : 03 Feb 1960
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Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

24 Aug 1942 - Plt OffrNo.3 Squadron, RIAFKohat 
29 Jun 1944 - 18 Dec 1944Fg OffrNo.9 Squadron, RIAFComilla Fm UK To 7Sqn
24 Apr 1946 - 30 Jun 1946Flt LtNo.9 Squadron Commanding Officer
18 Apr 1947 - Flt LtNo.10 Squadron, RIAF 
01 Dec 1946 - 01 Jul 1947Sqn LdrNo.8 Squadron Commanding Officer
21 Feb 1948 - 10 May 1949Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronAmbala Commanding Officer
03 Aug 1951 - 29 Sep 1952Sqn LdrConversion Training UnitHakimpet Chief Instructor
30 Sep 1952 - 06 Jan 1953Wg CdrConversion Training UnitHakimpet Chief Instructor
01 Jan 1956 - Wg Cdr5 WingKalaikunda Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrZafar Ahmed Shah1805 GD(P)Award Date 20 Sep 1948Announced 20 Nov 1950
Details :

Sqn. Ldr. (now Gp. Capt.) Zafar Ahmed Shah (1805) while in Command of an Operational Squadron in Jammu and Kashmir Area personally led attacks on GURAIZ. PIR KANTHI Area and GILGIT which enabled our ground forces to advance without much casualty. By taking off a modern fighter/bomber aircraft from the old Srinagar Air-Field which was barely 1300 yards long, he made it possible for operations to be carried out from that base.
His fine leadership and efficiency were reflected in the high fighting qualities of the Squadron which operated under difficult and adverse conditions.

For the outstanding services rendered by him during the Kashmir Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Unit : 10 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 20th November 1950 - No.13 - Pres dated 15th November 1950

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
17 Jan 1962Vampire FB52Gp Capt Zafar Shah VrC*
MACW Gnat on approach to Palam Date Not Exact