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Air Marshal Jafar Zaheer

Service No & Branch 3173 F(P)
Date of Birth: 14 Jun 1923 Commissioned: 27 Sep 1943 Course: 18 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Jun 1979 / Died on 23 Jan 2008 Nick Name : Zoot
Remarks : later DGCA
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 01 Oct 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1962Acting Gp Capt : 15 Jan 1964Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1966
Acting Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1968Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1969AVM : 01 Apr 1976Air Marshal : 01 May 1978
C-in-C : 24 Aug 1978
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Feb 1947 - Fg OffrNo.9 Squadron, RIAF 
01 Jan 1953 - 01 Dec 1954Sqn LdrNo.4 SquadronJamnagar Commanding Officer
01 Oct 1958 - 23 Jun 1959Wg CdrControl & Reporting SchoolJodhpur Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1968 - 16 Nov 1969Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Defence Commander
17 Nov 1969 - 19 Jan 1973Air Cmde4 WingAgra Air Officer Commanding
20 Jan 1973 - 01 Dec 1974Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Air Staff Requirements)
01 Apr 1974 - 17 Apr 1977AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Plans
20 May 1977 - 23 Aug 1978Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
24 Aug 1978 - 19 Jan 1979Air MarshalMaintenance CommandNagpur Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
20 Jan 1979 - 30 Jun 1979Air MarshalDirecrorate General Civil AviationDelhi Director General
08 Oct 1979 - No.8 Squadron Commodore Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeJafar Zaheer3173 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Air Commodore Jafar Zaheer was commissioned in the Air Force in March 1944, in the Flying Branch. He has served with a number of fighter and fighter bomber squadrons of the Air Force and has commanded one of them. In addition, he has been a staff officer at Command and Air Headquarters, the Commander of a Tactical Air Centre and the Air Officer Commanding of an Air Defence Area. At present he is the Air Officer Commanding a major bomber base, and concurrently is the air defence commander of the area within which his base is situated. During the recent conflict with Pakistan, the bombers at his Base carried out a large number of strikes on important targets in enemy territory. Their attacks were kept up throughout the hostilities despite repeated raids by the enemy designed to put the base out of action. The servicing and repair of aircraft and their preparation for operational missions was maintained at a high tempo due largely to the personal example of Air Commodore Jafar Zaheer. He has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit : AFS Agra
Reference : GoI19720126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMJafar Zaheer3173 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1976Announced 26 Jan 1976
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Jafar Zaheer was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Air Force in September, 1943. During his service career he held with distinction a variety of important operational and staff appointments. He has the rare qualification of being a graduate of the Institute of Armament Technology. This technological background in combination with his primary qualification as a pilot has equipped him with the background to function in many appointments in a uniquely effective and efficient manner. As Deputy Director of Weapons at Air Headquarters in 1962-63 his broad-based knowledge and experience enabled him to compile and introduce a Weapons Planning Directive which continues to be the standard document for such planning in the Air Force. He also rationalised the operational parameters on the basis of which the War Reserve of Weapons are calculated.

From 1964 to 1968, he commanded the Air Force Project Team for the development of an indigenous aircraft. During this tenure, essential improvements/modifications were progressed which led to the introduction of this aircraft in service. During 1968-69, he rendered distinguished services as Air Defence Commander in the Eastern sector and during 1969-72 as Air Officer Commanding of a big station. As Director, Air Staff Requirements at the Headquarters from January, 1973 to June, 1974 he had to undertake the task of selecting major weapons systems for the modernisation of the Air Force. His technological background and operational experience were of immense value in these tasks and also in the concept formulation of Air Staff Requirements for Research and Development in the country. As Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans) since July, 1974, he has controlled and coordinated the activities of various Directorates dealing in Projects, Plans and Programmes, etc. During a period when the Air Force has recognised the need for large scale replacement of obsolescent equipment, initiation of development projects and review of establishments, he has achieved exemplary results in the formulation of Requirement and Financial Plans on a long term perspective. His professional competence, high intellectual calibre and capacity for work have inspired his Directors and staff to high standards of performance and achievement, and he has thus gained the total confidence of his colleagues and superiors.

Throughout, Air Vice Marshal Jafar Zaheer rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19760126

Accidents and Incidents: 4

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
20 Feb 1947Spitfire XIVeNH803Fg Offr Jafar Zaheer
9BL at Nagpur
27 Apr 1947Spitfire XIVeRN192Fg Offr J Zaheer
9engine cut on ferryf
24 Nov 1953Tempest IIFlt Lt Jafar Zaheer
Pilot OK
12 Mar 1954Tempest IIFlt Lt Jafar Zaheer
Pilot OK
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