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Wing Commander Sanjoy Bose

Service No & Branch 12757 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: Commissioned: 12 Jun 1971 Course: 106 Course
Service End: Died in Service 19 Sep 1991 Aircraft Loss MiG-23 BN at . Crashed af Nick Name : Bozo
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 31 Oct 1990
Training and Other Courses Attended
37 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 196928 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Dec 1986
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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

- 01 Dec 1982Sqn LdrNo.220 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
15 Dec 1984 - 30 Apr 1985Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
01 May 1985 - 31 Dec 1986Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Flight Commander
26 Jun 1989 - 05 May 1990Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
13 Aug 1990 - 19 Sep 1991Wg CdrNo.31 SquadronHalwara Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Mention in Despatches
Plt OffrSanjoy Bose12757 F(P)Award Date Announced 23 Jun 1972
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st July 1972 - No.87 - Pres/72 dated 23rd June 1972
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrSanjoy Bose12757 F(P)Award Date 19 Sep 1991Announced 26 Jan 1992
Details :

Late Wing Commander Sanjoy Bose was the Commanding Officer of one of the Squadrons of Air force, from 13 Aug 90 to 19 Sep 91. He has undergone the Staff Course in UK.

On 19 Sep 91, Late Wing Commander Bose was airborne for a live RP strike over a Range. While pulling out from the dive, he experienced a severe engine surge followed by engine overheat and thermo-regulator warning indications. While dealing with this multiple emergency, with very little height at his disposal, Wg Cdr Bose realized the gravity of the situation and informed the ground control of his intention to eject. At this stage there was enough height for him to abandon the aircraft successfully, but his aircraft was pointing towards a village. He piloted his stricken aircraft away from this populated area and in doing so delayed his ejection to a critically low altitude. The aircraft crashed in an open field near the village but Wing Commander Bose was fatally injured. Late Wing Commander Bose, thus averted a major catastrophe by sacrificing his own life in keeping with the best traditions of the IAF.

Late Wg Cdr Bose was an extremely dedicated and capable officer. With his rare acumen and sound leadership, he ensured that the Squadron was operationally geared up to meet any eventuality. He was frank and forthright officer, whose humane behavior towards his men made him an outstanding commander.

For the supreme sacrifice made by him in saving invaluable lives and for his selfless devotion to duty, spanning more than twenty years in the Indian Air Force, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal (POSTHUMOUSLY) to Wg Cdr Sanjoy Bose.

Unit : 31 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
19 Sep 1991MiG-23 BNWg Cdr Sanjoy Bose +
31 SqnCrashed after Flameo
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