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Air Commodore Keki Nadirshah Gocal

Service No & Branch 1764 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 25 Nov 1915 Commissioned: 15 Dec 1941 Course: 10 Course
Service End: Retired on 25 Nov 1967 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 05 Apr 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 15 Aug 1949Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1953
Acting Gp Capt : 16 Jun 1958Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1962Acting Air Cmde : 30 Dec 1963Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1966
Training and Other Courses Attended
3 NDC (Gp Capt) - 30 Apr 1963
Badges Qualified
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Wg Cdr

Air Cmde
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

15 Dec 1941 - Acting Plt OffrNo.1 Service Flying Training School (India)Ambala Trainee Pilot
02 Jun 1942 - Plt OffrNo.2 Flight (Coastal Defence)Juhu 
05 Dec 1942 - 05 Feb 1946Plt OffrNo.7 SquadronPeshawar Squadron Pilot
06 Feb 1946 - Flt LtAir Head QuartersDelhi F/L (manning)
15 Aug 1947 - 14 Feb 1948Flt LtAir Head QuartersDelhi S/L (PS2)
06 Oct 1950 - Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Director, Policy and Plans
01 Oct 1952 - 30 Jun 1953Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
06 Oct 1955 - 15 Jun 1958Wg CdrArmament Training WingJamnagar Station Commander
16 Jun 1958 - 01 Dec 1959Gp CaptAir Operations, Air HQDelhi Director, Operations
26 Dec 1963 - 01 Nov 1967Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeKeki Nadirshah Gocal1764 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1966Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details :

Air Commodore Keki Nadirshah Gocal has been Senior Air Staff, Officer of Headquarters Western Air Command since 30th December 1963. A competent pilot, who is at home in almost all the type of aircraft in that Command, be they fighters, bombers, transport or helicopters, he has applied his knowledge of the aircraft and their performance to good effect in the preparation of operational plans.

When hostilities between India and Pakistan broke out, the task of preparing operational plans based on the general directive of Air Headquarters fell on Air Commodore Gocal. Allocation of targets to the fighters, fighter bombers involved a thorough study of the radius of action, take off distance with different war loads in the sharply varying temperatures, the type of weapon appropriate for the destruction of the target, the amount of fuel to be carried with the particular configuration and the sortie profile in respect of the different types of aircraft employed. His duties also involved the coordination of the effort of the technical and armament staff in working out the deployment of squadrons to bases to achieve the best results. Short of hand, Gocal had to work long hours without any rest and be available for advice to the Unit Commanders. He took on all the tasks cheerfully. By making frequent and unscheduled visits to the frontline units during the operations he ensured the smooth functioning and efficient performance of the squadrons.

Air Commodore Gocal has set a very good example of selfless dedication to duty and rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit : WAC
Reference : GoI19660126

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
19 Feb 1944Vengeance IIAN612Fg Offr Keki Nadirshaw Gocal
Plt Offr P A Kapadia
7 SqnCr enroute to Gwalio
18 Dec 1944Hurricane IICLE359Fg Offr Keki Nadirshaw Gocal
7 Sqn[151OTU] FL 4 m N of
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