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Group Captain Zafar Ahmed Shah

Service No & Branch 1805 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 22 Jan 1921 Commissioned: 26 Jan 1942 Course: 11 Course
Service End: Died in Service 17 Jan 1962 (41 Years age) Aircraft Accident 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 : 03 Feb 1960
Training and Other Courses Attended
3 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Apr 1950
Badges Qualified
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Plt Offr

Gp Capt
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 Sep 1941 - Off CdtInitial Training School (Officers)Lahore Trainee
26 Jan 1942 - Acting Plt OffrNo.1 Service Flying Training School (India)Ambala Trainee Pilot
24 Aug 1942 - Plt OffrNo.3 SquadronKohat Squadron Pilot
29 Jun 1944 - 18 Dec 1944Fg OffrNo.9 SquadronComilla Squadron Pilot Fm UK
19 Dec 1944 - Fg OffrNo.7 Squadron Squadron Pilot
18 Apr 1947 - Flt LtNo.10 Squadron Flight Commander
21 Feb 1948 - 10 May 1949Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronAmbala Commanding Officer
03 Aug 1951 - 29 Sep 1952Sqn LdrConversion Training UnitHakimpet Chief Instructor
- 27 Jan 1959Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
30 Sep 1952 - 06 Jan 1953Wg CdrConversion Training UnitHakimpet Chief Instructor
14 Dec 1956 - 05 May 1957Wg Cdr5 WingKalaikunda Station Commander
06 May 1957 - 31 Oct 1958Wg Cdr5 WingKalaikunda Officer in Charge Flying
02 Feb 1960 - 29 Jun 1960Gp Capt1 Tactical Air CenterJallandhar Commanding Officer
05 Jul 1960 - 17 Jan 1962Gp Capt3 WingPalam (Delhi) Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrZafar Ahmed Shah1805 GD(P)Award Date 20 Sep 1948Announced 20 Nov 1950
Details :

Sqn. Ldr. (now Gp. Capt.) Zafar Ahmed Shah (1805) while in Command of an Operational Squadron in Jammu and Kashmir Area personally led attacks on GURAIZ. PIR KANTHI Area and GILGIT which enabled our ground forces to advance without much casualty. By taking off a modern fighter/bomber aircraft from the old Srinagar Air-Field which was barely 1300 yards long, he made it possible for operations to be carried out from that base.
His fine leadership and efficiency were reflected in the high fighting qualities of the Squadron which operated under difficult and adverse conditions.

For the outstanding services rendered by him during the Kashmir Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Unit : 10 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 20th November 1950 - No.13 - Pres dated 15th November 1950

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
02 Aug 1944Hurricane IICLD117Fg Offr Z A Shah
9 SqnEngine caught fire e
17 Jan 1962Vampire FB52IB-823Gp Capt Zafar Ahmed Shah +
45 SqnHappened as part of
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