Squadron Leader JF Josephs
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Squadron Leader JF Josephs' Personal Archive
Squadron Leader J F 'Joe' Josephs was commissioned on 16th January, 1954, in the 62nd Pilots Course, with serial number 4668. Joe went on to serve the IAF for 20 years before retiring and migrating to Australia. An A-2 QFI, he logged over 2500 hours on Vampires, 500 hours on Mysteres and 300 hours on Ouragans. After commissioning, Joe served in 2 Squadron and 3 Squadron, before heading off for the Flight Instructors Course and the Air Force Academy. During the turbulent year of 1965, Joe returned on detachment to 3 Squadron and saw action in the Western Sector flying Mysteres out of Pathankot. After the war, Joe was posted to the Fighter Training Wing (FTW) at Hakimpet and then back to 3 Squadron before heading off to Central Air Command on a staff posting. In 1971, Joe took over as Chief Flight Instructor at FTW. Many an IAF pilot over the years learned the ropes with Joe. Some of Joe's other photographs can be seen in the 1965 War pictures gallery. The links are:
|Squadron Leader JF Josephs started off his career in the IAF by joining the 62nd Pilots Course in 1952. Commissioned in 1954, the 62 F(P) group photo has the names and 'fates' recorded on the back. Some notable names in the course include DM Conquest, AJS Sandhu, MM Sinha. When the course passed out, they had theirwings presented by Air Marshal Gibbs.|
Taking a moment off and relaxing on the jeep:
Joe's students presented him this photograph on their passing out from 82 F(P). TJ Singh , SK Maini (Flying Trophy), JF Josephs and RK Malhotra. Tragically TJ Singh was killed in a flying accident an year later.
A rare color photo of 91-92 F(P) cadets with a Vampire FB.52.