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Air Marshal Edul Jahangir Dhatigara

Service No & Branch 1899 F(P) (Orig: GD(O))
Date of Birth: 28 Jan 1923 Commissioned: 14 Jun 1942 Course: 9 OBS Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Jan 1980 Superannuated Died on 04 Oct 2010 (87 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Plt Offr : 14 Dec 1942Fg Offr : 14 Jun 1943Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 01 Aug 1950
Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1958Acting Gp Capt : 02 Jul 1962Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1964Acting Air Cmde : 01 Jan 1967
Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1968Acting AVM : 16 Jun 1972AVM : 12 Jan 1973Air Marshal : 01 Mar 1976
C-in-C : 01 Mar 1976
Training and Other Courses Attended
7 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 31 Jul 19548 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1968
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

07 Aug 1944 - 19 Feb 1946Fg OffrNo.3 SquadronKohat Squadron Pilot
01 Feb 1946 - Fg OffrNo.1 Squadron Squadron Navigator Demob canc due to med
20 Aug 1951 - 26 Jan 1953Sqn LdrNo.15 SquadronHalwara Commanding Officer
01 Feb 1953 - 25 Sep 1953Sqn LdrNo.1 SquadronHalwara Commanding Officer
- 16 Apr 1960Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
01 Aug 1954 - 01 Feb 1957Wg Cdr10 WingJorhat Station Commander
02 Feb 1957 - 01 Jan 1959Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Project Chief Gnat
01 Sep 1960 - 01 Dec 1961Wg Cdr2 Tactical Air CenterPune Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1964 - 01 Jan 1967Gp Capt14 WingChabua Station Commander
01 Jan 1967 - 03 Jan 1968Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Transport Operations
02 Jan 1969 - 14 Jun 1972Air Cmde12 WingChandigarh Air Officer Commanding
01 Jun 1972 - 01 Dec 1973AVMAir Operations, Air HQDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations
27 Jun 1974 - 28 Feb 1976Air MarshalNo 1 Operational Group (SWAC)Jodhpur Air Officer Commanding
01 Mar 1976 - 03 Sep 1978Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
04 Sep 1978 - 31 Jan 1980Air MarshalPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Kirti Chakra
Wg CdrEdul Jahangir Dhatigara1899 GD(P)Award Date 27 Mar 1956Announced 23 Jan 1959
Details :

During the operation in the Naga Hills, the outpost garrison at Sakhai was cut off on 27th March 1956 and the hostiles kept up the attack on the outpost throughout the night. Next morning an emergency message was received that unless an immediate airdrop of water and ammunition was carried out at Sakhai, the garrison would have no means of defence. The aircraft which had flown on a normal sortie earlier that day had reported fast deterioration of weather and had suggested stoppages of further flying. The garrison commander pressed that the airdrop was absolutely essential. In the circumstances Wing Commander Dhatigara decided to make the attempt himself. There was also the requirement that the airdrop should be made in a zone of 40 yards by 20 yards. On reaching the spot Wing Commander Dhatigara found that dropping zone was partially covered and the air was very turbulent. After the first run-in, the outpost informed the aircraft that dropping circuit should be changed as the aircraft was being fired upon when passing over the villages of Sakhai, Vishyepu and Khivi. But due to clouds no other circuit was possible. Wing Commander Dhatigara, disregarding the advice from the outpost continued the airdropping operations in spite of bad weather and automatic fire from the hostiles. The supply of water and ammunition was successfully delivered to the garrison in good time and good condition.

By volunteering to carry out the airdrop under very adverse weather conditions and in the face of heavy automatic fire Wing Commander Edul Jahangir Dhatigara displayed initiative, courage and skill which was in the best traditions of the I.A.F.

Unit :
Reference : Notification No. 23-Pres/58 dated 15th September, 1958 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 20th September, 1958.
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMEdul Jahangir Dhatigara1899 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1974Announced 26 Jan 1974
Details :

Air Marshal Edul Jahangir Dhatigara, KC (1899) was commissioned in Flying (Pilot) Branch of the India Air Force in June 1942. He served with distinction during the operations in North West Frontier Provinces in 1943-44, J&K in 1948, Nagaland in 1956, Goa in 1962, Ladakh in 1962 and Indo-Pakistan of 1965 and 1971.

Early in his career, as a flight Commander of a Transport Squadron, he successfully organised relief operations during the earthquake and flood catastrophe that had struck Assam in 1950. In October, 1954, he was assigned the command of an Air Force Station in the Eastern Sector. In this capacity he planned and executed counter-insurgency operations in 1956.

During these operations he undertook a very hazardous supply dropping mission in which his aircraft received many bullet hits from ground fire. For this act of courage and leadership he was awarded the Kirti Chakra.

After the Goa operations in 1962, he was entrusted the task of clearing Dabolim airport of unexploded bombs and repairing the damaged airfield. He accomplished this heavy task in a short span of six days. For this valuable service he was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff.

In 1964, he was assigned the Command of an operational Wing in the Eastern Sector. In this capacity, he was responsible for the successful operations carried out by Fighters and Transport aircraft against Pakistan in September, 1965. During the Indo-Pak war of 1971, he was the Air Officer Commanding of an operational Wing in the Western Sector and under his inspiring leadership the Wing made conspicuous contributions towards the achievements of Fighter and Bomber squadrons during the operations against Pakistan.

Air Vice Marshal Dhatigara took over as Assistant Chief of the Air staff (Operations) at Air Headquarters in June, 1972. He has successfully tackled intricate operational problems and has established a very amiable and most satisfactory rapport with his counterparts in Army and Naval Headquarters.

Air Marshal Edul Jahangir Dhatigara, KC has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19740126

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
13 Mar 1945Hurricane IICLE462Fg Offr E J Dhatigara
3 SqnRan off the strip af
18 May 1958GnatIE-1059Wg Cdr Edul Jahangir Dhatigara
Engine surge on appr

Additional Notes

Remarks: Obituary Notice Note added: 2010-10-04

From Gp Capt Anant Bewoor:

With regret I place on this site the news that Air Marshal Edul Dhatigara has paased on. This happened in the morning (4th October 2010) at about 0700 hrs.

From Air Marshal S G Inamdar:

Sad news. RIP!   Quite apart from the late Air Mshl EJ Dhatigara's many accomplishments and sterling attributes, I can't think of any other Air Officer who lent his name to a perennial and outstanding culinary delight in the Air Force: the "Dhatigara Bhujia"!   The "Sandhu Daal" at the Delux Dhaba in Ambala, named after the late Air Cmde AJS 'Ajax' Sandhu, could possibly run a close second!

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