|Date of Birth:||08 Dec 1934|
|Date Commissioned||06 Nov 1954||Course||64 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 31 Aug 1977 / Died on 27 Apr 2002|
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|03 Jul 1974 - 22 Jun 1975||Wg Cdr||No.18 Squadron||CO|
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|Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)|
|Flt Lt||Trevor Joseph Keelor||4818 GD(P)||Award Date 05 Feb 1964||Announced 01 Jan 1965|
|Details :||On the 5th February 1964, Flt Lt Keelor was detailed to ferry a Gnat from Poona to Palam in a formation of five aircraft. The last part of the flight had to be undertaken at a height of 41,000 feet. While descending to land at Palam, he discovered , at a height of 15,000 feet that there was no response from the engine to the throttle movements. After informing the leader, Flt Lt Kellor immediately broke off the formation and attempted a landing at Palam, knowing fully well that previous attempts to force land a Gnat had resulted in fatal or serious injury to the pilot. With great presence of mind and careful handling, he accomplished the forced landing successfully without any damage to the aircraft. Flt Lt Trevor Kellor displayed courage, presence of mind and a high standard of professional skill in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force|
|Unit : 23 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965.|
|Sqn Ldr||Trevor Joseph Keelor||4818 GD(P)||Award Date 03 Sep 1965||Announced 05 Sep 1965|
|Details :|| |
At about 0700 hours on the 3rd September, 1965, on receipt of a report that a formation of Pakistani fighters was circling over our army position in the Chhamb sector of Jammu & Kashmir, a formation of Gnat aircraft was ordered to intercept the intruders.
Approaching the area, Squadron Leader Trevor Keelor, who was a section leader in the Gnat formation, sighted enemy F-86 Sabre jets and engaged them in air battle. When the combat was in progress, F-104 Star fighters of the Pakistani Air Force also joined in. Unmindful of the numerical superiority of the enemy, Squadron Leader Keelor chased a Sabre Jet and pressed home his attack until the enemy aircraft caught fire and disintegrated in the air. This was the first victory of our Air Force in the air battles against the Pakistani Air Force.
In this operation, Squadron Leader Trevor Keelor displayed courage and leadership of a high order in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.
|Unit : 23 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.130 - Pres/65 dated 5th September 1965|