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Air Commodore Jagdish Chandra Varma

Service No & Branch 1646 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 03 Jul 1918 Commissioned: 30 Nov 1940 Course: 5 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Jun 1970 Voluntary Retirement Died on 14 Oct 1978 (60 Years age) Nick Name : Bandy
Qualifications Held :
Remarks : Oscar Kill
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 30 May 1942Acting Flt Lt : 01 Oct 1944Flt Lt : 01 Nov 1946Sqn Ldr : 15 Aug 1948
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1951Acting Gp Capt : 30 Jan 1957Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1959Acting Air Cmde : 20 Sep 1962
Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1964
Training and Other Courses Attended
5 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1965
Badges Qualified
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Sqn Ldr

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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

30 Nov 1940 - Acting Plt OffrInitial Training School (Officers)Lahore Trainee Pilot
01 Jun 1942 - Plt OffrNo.1 Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation FlightDrigh Road 
03 Dec 1942 - 05 May 1943Fg OffrNo.22 Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation UnitDrigh Road Ex-1AACF to 151OTU
30 Nov 1943 - 14 Dec 1944Fg OffrNo.6 Squadron Squadron Pilot
15 Dec 1944 - 04 Aug 1946Flt LtNo.6 Squadron Flight Commander A Flt
05 Aug 1946 - 11 Jan 1947Sqn LdrNo.6 SquadronKohat Commanding Officer
- 01 Dec 1955Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Director (Flying Safety)
10 Oct 1948 - 15 Nov 1949Wg Cdr2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Station Commander
15 Oct 1949 - 27 Feb 1950Wg CdrOperational CommandDelhi Air-I
27 Feb 1950 - 01 Mar 1953Wg CdrEmbassy of India, USAWashington Air Attache
12 Jun 1953 - 20 Apr 1954Wg Cdr305 WingAdampur Station Commander
30 Jan 1957 - 29 Sep 1959Gp Capt4 Tactical Air CenterUdhampur Commanding Officer
30 Jul 1958 - 29 Sep 1959Gp Capt1 WingSrinagar Station Commander
30 Sep 1959 - 31 Aug 1961Gp Capt12 NCC Circle (Andhra)Secunderabad Commander
12 Jun 1961 - 08 Sep 1962Gp Capt5 WingKalaikunda Station Commander
18 Jan 1963 - 23 Jun 1963Air Cmde1 Air Defence AreaAmbala Air Officer Commanding
24 Jun 1963 - 25 Dec 1963Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
30 Dec 1963 - 13 Jan 1965Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director Training
15 Jan 1966 - 29 Apr 1968Air CmdeAir Force Flying CollegeJodhpur Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Distinguished Flying Cross
Flt LtJagdish Chandra Varma1646 GD(P)Award Date Announced 01 Aug 1944
Details : During a short period, this officer has completed a large number of operational missions, showing great courage and coolness. On one occasion his aircraft was badly damaged by enemy machine gun fire. Flying Officer Varma displayed outstanding skill and presence of mind in flying the aircraft safely to base. In February 1944, he was engaged in combat with two enemy fighters and attacked them successfully, damaging one and causing the other to break off the attack. He has always shown a keen desire to engage the enemy and has set a fine example to other officers.

Notes: Public Record Office Air 2/9633 has citation drafted when he had flown 109 sorties (133 operational hours) as a pilot.

Unit : 6 Squadron
Reference : London Gazette published on the 11 August 1944 (Citation Courtesy: Hugh Halliday)

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
16 Mar 1942Wapiti IIAK1286Plt Offr J C Verma
1 AACU IAF1 AACF hit by Lysand
27 Jan 1944Hurricane IIBJS422Fg Offr J C Verma
6 SqnShot down by enemy b
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