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Group Captain Suranjan Das

Service No & Branch 3175 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 22 Feb 1920 Commissioned: 08 Nov 1943 Course: 19 Course
Service End: Died in Service 09 Jan 1970 (50 Years age) Aircraft Loss Nick Name : Dasu
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 15 Aug 1948Flt Lt : 08 Nov 1948Sqn Ldr : 01 Oct 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1962
Acting Gp Capt : 15 Jan 1964Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1966
Badges Qualified
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Flt Lt

Gp Capt
Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

04 Apr 1946 - Plt OffrNo.8 Squadron Squadron Pilot
- 01 Dec 1949Flt LtEmpire Test Pilots School, UKFarnborough Test Pilot Course 8th Course
13 Jun 1951 - 19 Aug 1953Sqn LdrHALBangalore Test Pilot
16 Apr 1955 - 21 Oct 1955Sqn LdrNo.3 SquadronAmbala Commanding Officer
01 Nov 1959 - 01 Jun 1961Sqn LdrAircraft and Armament Testing UnitKanpur Commanding Officer
01 Jun 1961 - 14 Jan 1964Wg CdrHALBangalore Chief Test Pilot
15 Jan 1964 - 09 Jan 1970Gp CaptHALBangalore Chief Test Pilot
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrSuranjan Das3175 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1962Announced 26 Jan 1962
Details :

Wing Commander S. Das was nominated at short notice to undertake the first flight of the first prototype of the HF-24 Mk. 1 Aircraft. The HF-24 is designed and developed entirely in India by Hindustan Aircraft Limited. This is an aircraft in the supersonic category comparable with modern aircraft of the class manufactured by only a few countries. This aircraft embodies design features, which are entirely new and have not been tested before in powered flights. Wg. Cdr. Das, therefore, had no previous experience of this aircraft, nor was he familiar with its characteristics in the air. Inspite of this, the officer undertook its first flight on 17th June, 1961, after spending only a few days with the Members of the Design Team. Wg. Cdr. Das who has over 1,000 hours of test flying on nearly 35 different types of prototype and production aircraft has brought to bear his vast experience and knowledge in ensuring the success of the inaugural flight of HF-24. In undertaking the first successful test flight, Wg. Cdr. Das has rendered distinguished service of most exceptional order to aviation in India. This achievement calls for knowledge of a high caliber, great skill, courage and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19620126
Padma Vibhushan
Gp CaptSuranjan Das3175 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1971Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details : HAL
Unit : HAL
Reference :

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
11 Jan 1952HT-2Sqn Ldr Suranjan Das
HALBO Southwest of Yela
10 Jan 1970HF-24 MarutBD-886Gp Capt Suranjan Das +
HALHF032. Cr after TO f
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