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Group Captain Tehmurasp Ratanshaw Patel

Service No & Branch 5192 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 25 Aug 1956 Course: 69 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jul 1985 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 25 Aug 1957Flt Lt : 25 Aug 1961Sqn Ldr : 25 Aug 1967Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1977
Acting Gp Capt : 12 Apr 1979Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1980
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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

- Fg OffrNo.10 SquadronPalam Squadron Pilot
14 Sep 1977 - 11 Apr 1979Wg CdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Chief Instructor
- 01 Sep 1983Gp CaptSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur CFSO
12 Apr 1979 - 20 Oct 1980Gp CaptAir Force AcademyDundigal Chief Instructor (Flying)
21 Oct 1980 - 12 Sep 1982Gp CaptFighter Training WingHakimpet Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrTehmurasp Ratanshaw Patel5192 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Tehmurasp Ratanshaw Patel was serving with an operational Squadron in the Eastern Sector. On the 4th December, 1971, he was No. 3 of a strike mission over Dacca airfield. He had difficulty in raising the undercarriage of his aircraft and by the time he was able to raise it, he was separated from the formation. On his own, he attacked and caused heavy damage to a goods train and also fired at many enemy positions before returning to base. On subsequent days, he carried out a number of strike missions. On the 11th December, 1971, Squadron Leader Patel along with another pilot took off for an attack on enemy bunkers in Rangpur area. After knocking out the bunkers while pulling out of the dive, the aircraft was hit by ground fire. Both the pilots sustained extensive injuries. Squadron Leader Patel was hit by splinters near his eyes which caused severe pain and bleeding. Inspite of the injuries, he brought the aircraft back to base.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Tehmurasp Ratanshaw Patel displayed courage, professional flying skill and devotion to duty.

Unit : 17 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 7th October 1972 - No.108 - Pres/72 dated 23rd September 1972
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