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Group Captain Ezra D'Sylva Masillamani

Service No & Branch 1774 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 24 Nov 1922 Commissioned: 15 Dec 1941 Course: 10 Course
Service End: Retired on 12 May 1960 Dismissed Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 05 Apr 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 15 Aug 1949Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1954
Acting Gp Capt : 10 Jun 1959
Training and Other Courses Attended
93 CFS (Flt Lt) - 11 Sep 194610 DSSC (Wg Cdr) - 14 Aug 1957
Badges Qualified
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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

15 Dec 1941 - Acting Plt OffrNo.1 Service Flying Training School (India)Ambala Trainee Pilot
30 Jul 1942 - Plt OffrNo.4 Flight (Coastal Defence)Vizag 
02 May 1943 - Plt OffrNo.1 Air Gunnery SchoolBairagarh 
18 Jun 1943 - 21 Dec 1945Fg OffrNo.6 Squadron Squadron Pilot
21 Dec 1945 - Fg OffrIndian Air Force Demonstration FlightKohat Squadron Pilot
01 Feb 1948 - 22 Jul 1949Sqn LdrNo.7 SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
01 Dec 1954 - 31 Jul 1955Wg CdrNo.2 Air Force AcademyJodhpur Chief Instructor
01 Aug 1955 - 01 Feb 1956Wg CdrNo.2 Air Force CollegeJodhpur Chief Instructor
01 Apr 1956 - 01 Oct 1956Wg CdrAircrew Examination BoardPalam Commanding Officer
04 Oct 1958 - 09 Jun 1959Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Director, Works
10 Jun 1959 - 12 May 1960Gp CaptOperational CommandDelhi Air-I
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrEzra D'Sylva Masillamani1774 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Squadron Leader (now Wing Commander) EZRA D’SYLVA MASILLAMANI (1774) displayed a high degree of skill, courage and determination whilst flying in KASHMIR Operations. First in the capacity as a Flight Commander, he flew over 100 operational hours in close support of our ground forces on tactical and offensive sorties, flown mostly during adverse weather. He had thus proved himself to be skilled pilot and an inspiring leader. Again as a Squadron Commander, the officer completed many sorties on his second tour of operations. He attacked GILGIT and enemy gun positions near CHAKHOTI and TITHWAL. He also took part in the GILGIT operations and attacked the KISHENGANGA BRIDGE in the face of intense enemy “fire” with complete disregard for personal safety.

On another occasion this officer located the enemy concentration in a forest near PALANDRI, the headquarters of the so-called AZAD KASHMIR Forces and successfully attacked Military objectives in the area with rockets and cannons. To ensure complete destruction of the enemy targets, he took off leading another formation to attack the targets again. He attacked the target with good result killing several enemy troops and over 100 mules which were being employed for transporting arms and ammunition to the front line in POONCH. As a result of these attacks, the enemy pressure was considerably reduced. The location and subsequent destruction of the enemy concentration proved to be of immense value to our Army.

For the valuable services rendered by him during the JAMMU and KASHMIR Operations, he has been awarded Vir Chakra.

Unit : 7 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , Extraordinary, No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950
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