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Squadron Leader Rustom Sorabji Kalyaniwala

Service No & Branch 1869 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 24 Oct 1919 Commissioned: 05 Apr 1942 Course: 12 Course
Service End: Died in Service 22 Aug 1951 (32 Years age) Aircraft Loss Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Plt Offr : 05 Oct 1942Fg Offr : 05 Apr 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 15 Feb 1950
Training and Other Courses Attended
4 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Apr 1951
Badges Qualified
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Plt Offr
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

05 Apr 1942 - Acting Plt OffrNo.1 Service Flying Training School (India)Ambala Trainee Pilot
06 Feb 1943 - 30 May 1943Acting Plt OffrNo.22 Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation UnitDrigh Road Fm ATU Bairagarh To Overseas
04 Nov 1944 - 07 Dec 1944Plt OffrNo.9 Squadron Squadron Pilot Fm UK 1AGS
11 Dec 1944 - 31 Dec 1945Fg OffrNo.8 SquadronAmarda Road Squadron Pilot
29 Nov 1945 - 16 Jul 1946Fg OffrNo.12 Squadron Squadron Pilot
- 01 Dec 1948Flt LtNo.7 Squadron Flight Commander
16 Dec 1948 - 29 May 1950Sqn LdrNo.8 SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Flt LtRustom Sorabji Kalyaniwala1869 GD(P)Award Date 29 Dec 1948Announced 20 Nov 1950
Details :

This officer has done nearly 60 hours of Operational flying in a very short period. On all occasions he has displayed a cool head and has pressed home his attacks to maximum advantage.

As a flight Commander this officer took a leading part in most of the sorties carried out in the Northern Sector prior to the advent of winter conditions over the Kashmir Valley.

Sqn. Ldr. Kalyaniwala set a high standard in precision bombing and his attacks on the enemy picquets on the high hills near ZOJILLA Pass prior to the ground attack were most valuable. One attack in particular, near GUMRI, enabled our troops to break through the DRAS. For this he was commended by the Corps Commander.

Unit : 7 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 20th November 1950 - No.13 - Pres dated 15th November 1950

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
03 Aug 1945Spitfire VIIIFg Offr R S Kalyaniwala
8 Sqn1030 Hours Crashed a
22 Aug 1951Harvard T-6Sqn Ldr Rustom Sorabji Kalyaniwala +
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