|Date of Birth:||07 Dec 1933|
|Date Commissioned||06 Nov 1954||Course||64 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 31 Dec 1991|
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|01 Jan 1973 - 01 Apr 1975||Wg Cdr||No.4 Squadron||Tezpur||Commanding Officer|
|20 Jun 1977 - 04 Jul 1979||Gp Capt||Tactics and Combat Development Establishment||Jamnagar||Commandant|
|-||Air Cmde||Air Force Records Office||New Delhi||Air Officer Commanding|
|01 Jan 1980 - 31 Aug 1982||Air Cmde||Embassy of India, France||Paris||Air Attache|
|10 Dec 1983 - 29 Nov 1986||Air Cmde||40 Wing||Maharajpur (Gwalior)||Air Officer Commanding|
|01 Mar 1987 -||AVM||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations|
|-||Air Mshl||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Inspector General (Flight Inspection & Safety)|
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|Sqn Ldr||Denzil Joseph Keelor||4805 GD(P)||Award Date 18 Sep 1965||Announced 22 Sep 1965|
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On the 19th September 1965, Squadron Leader Denzil Keelor was providing fighter escort to Mystere aircraft during a strike mission in the operations against Pakistan. His section of four Gnat aircraft was engaged by four enemy Sabre jet aircraft and the battle was fought at a height of less than 2000 feet from the ground where enemy anti-aircraft guns were also active. Under his guidance, his sub-section leader shot down a Sabre jet aircraft. Thereafter Squadron Leader Keelor himself engaged another Sabre jet and crippled it.
Throughout the operations Squadron Leader Denzil Keelor was a source of inspiration to his pilots and ground personnel. His courage and devotion to duty were in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.
|Unit : 9 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.133 - Pres/65 dated 22nd September 1965|
|Gp Capt||Denzil Joseph Keelor||4805 F(P)||Award Date 27 Mar 1978||Announced 26 Jan 1979|
|Details :|| On the 27th March, 1978, while Group Captain Denzil Keelor was flying a combat aircraft at high altitude, its canopy flew off and this exposed him to explosive decompression ad severe wind blast. His eyes, ear-drum and left arm were injured and he experienced great difficulty in controlling the aircraft. Although abandoning the aircraft in the circumstances would have been justified, he decided to recover the aircraft. Under these adverse conditions, wherein he was not able to have a proper view due to wind blast, and that too only with one eye, he brought the aircraft back to base and executed a safe emergency landing.
Again, on 17th May 1978, during a live airto-air sortie, a 23 mm High Explosive shell burst as it left the gun muzzle. Shrapnel damaged the aircraft and caused total failure and a serious throttle restriction. The cone extended fully and the associated engine rumbling and surge gave every indication of engine bearing failure. Without electric instruments and Radio Telephony, Group Captain Keelor had no way of either knowing what had happened or of asking for assistance. Assuming that the engine bearing had failed, he decided to attempt am emergency recovery. With his flying skill and experience, he returned to the airfield, set up a flame out pattern and executed a safe landing. The throttle was stuck at 60% revolutions per minute, and in spite of this he was able to stop the aircraft without damage.
Group Captain Denzil Keelor thus displayed conspicuous courage, exemplary professional skill and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.
Gp. Capt. Keelor who had rich and wide combat experience and the destruction of a Sabre aircraft to his credit, was flying a MiG-21 FL on 27 Mar 78, when due to structural failure the canopy of the aircraft detached and flew off. Gp Capt Keelor felt sudden decompression and loss of control, but managed to fly back to base and execute a safe emergency landing without the canopy. Later on 17 May 78, during firing trials one of the 23 mm Cannon Shells exploded causing extensive damage and total electrical failure to his aircraft. He sucessfully executed another safe landing back at his airbase.
|Unit : TACDE|
|Reference : Gazette of India , 28th April 1979 - No.15 - Pres/78 dated 26th January 1979|
|Ati Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Cmde||Denzil Joseph Keelor||4805 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1986||Announced 26 Jan 1986|
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Air Commodore Denzil Keelor, KC, VrC, Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Air Force on 06 Nov 1954. Right from his formative stage in the Air Force he has shown tremendous potentialities both as a fighter pilot and administrator on the ground. He is a qualified Pilot Attack Instructor and Fighter Combat Leader with 3500 hrs of accident free flying to his credit. He was awarded the Vir Chakra for gallantry in the Indo-Pak conflict of 1965. In 1978, he was awarded the Kirti Chakra for saving two MiG aircraft under conditions of dire emergency in the air. He has commanded a frontline fighter Squadron and was subsequently given the command of the Tactical Combat Development Establishment which he commanded for 4 ÃÂ½ years and helped in developing many air combat tactics which are in current use. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College and the National Defence College.
He was appointed Air AttachÃÂ© in France and thereafter selected for the appointment of Air Officer Commanding of the Wing designated for the induction of Vajra Aircraft. The implementation of the Vajra project involved acquisition of land, developing of the infrastructure both technical and domestic. He motivated the personnel under his command to work with zeal, enthusiasm and single mindedness of purpose and completed in record time the major portion of the infrastructure for the same operation of the Vajra aircraft.
Air Commodore Denzil Keelor, KC, VrC thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.
|Reference : GoI19860126|
|Param Vishist Seva Medal|
|AVM||Denzil Joseph Keelor||4805 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1989||Announced 26 Jan 1989|
|Details :|| |
Air Vice Marshal Denzil Keelor was commissioned in the Air Force on November 1954 and has held important command and staff appointment including command of a Fighter Squadron, Tactical Air Combat Development Establishment, Air AttachÃÂ© France and Air Officer Commanding of a fighter base. An outstanding fighter pilot, Air Vice Marshal Keelor qualified as a Pilot Attack Instructor and Fighter Combat Leader and has over 3500 hours of accident-free flying to his credit. He was awarded the Vir Chakra for conspicuous gallantry Indo-Pak Conflict in 1965. In 1978, he was also awarded the Kirti Chakra saving two MiG aircraft under conditions of emergency involving fire in the air. He has commanded the Tactical Air Combat Development Establishment for over four years and helped in developing air combat tactics which are in current use in Indian Air Force.
Air Vice Marshal Keelor whilst functioning as Air AttachÃÂ© in France, not only projected the image of the Air Force in a superlative manner but also worked great dedication in the acquisition process of the Mirage 2000 aircraft and a equipment. Based on his performance there, he was specially selected for appointment of Air Officer Commanding of the Wing where the Mirage 2000s were based on induction. His achievement and dedication of a high order in completing this project earned him the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.
As Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations) at Air Headquarters, he brought his drive and professional acumen to bear in sharpening the operational capability of the Air Force. His deep understanding of all facets of Air Operations was apparent during the Sri Lanka operations. At very short notice, he was able to plan and effect the massive air induction of IPKF men and their equipment into Sri Lanka, in addition to organising helicopter operations and accomplishing in time the reconnaissance tasks. The success of Air Force operations and the swiftness with which these were carried out clearly indicated a high degree of dynamism, planning and dedication on the part of Air Vice Marshal Keelor. Air Vice Marshal Denzil Keelor, KC, AVSM, VrC has, thus, rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
|Reference : GoI19890126|
|Date||Aircraft Type||Tail No||Pilot/Crew||Unit||Remarks|
|08 Dec 1971||MiG-21FL||Sqn Ldr Denzil Keelor VrC||45||SD AAA|