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Wing Commander Dhirendra Singh Jafa

Service No & Branch 4819 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 25 Dec 1935 Commissioned: 06 Nov 1954 Course: 64 Course
Service End: Retired on 13 Jun 1975 Released due to Ill-health Died on 19 Apr 2017 (82 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 06 Nov 1955Sqn Ldr : 06 Nov 1965
Training and Other Courses Attended
6 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Jun 19536 PAI (Fg Offr) - 30 Apr 1960
Badges Qualified
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Sqn Ldr
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 Jan 1958 - 07 Jul 1960Fg OffrNo.10 SquadronPalam Squadron Pilot
01 Feb 1968 - 31 Oct 1970Sqn LdrNo.26 SquadronAdampur Squadron Pilot
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrDhirendra Singh Jafa4819 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Squadron Leader Dhirendra Singh Jafa work ed as Senior Flight Commander in an operational Squadron from February 1968 to July 1969. This Squadron was the first to be equipped with a new type of supersonic aircraft. Through his tireless efforts, zeal and dedication to duty, he ensured that the Squadron was fully operational in the shortest possible time.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Dhirendra Singh Jafa displayed professional skill, leadership and devotion to duty.

Unit : 26 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrDhirendra Singh Jafa4819 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1973
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Dhirendra Singh Jafa served with a FighterBomber Squadron in the Western Sector. On 4th December, 1971, when the enemy had encircled a Battalion of our troops in a small enclave in the Hussainiwala area and was pressing hard with tanks, he led a two aircraft formation in this area. He carried out over 12 attacks and personally destroyed or damaged seven enemy tanks and a jeep. This action blunted the enemy assault and enabled our encircled troops to extricate themselves with minimum casualties. On 5th December, 1971, he was detailed as the Sub-Section Leader of a four aircraft strike mission over the enemy gun positions which were constantly shelling our positions in an area in the west of Amritsar. Despite the heavy ground fire from the enemy guns, he carried out successful attacks until in his sixth attack his aircraft was hit by ground fire and he had to eject at a very low altitude.

In this action, Squadron Leader Dhirendra Singh Jafa displayed gallantry and leadership of a high order.

Unit : 26 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 16th June 1973 - No.37 - Pres/73 dated 26th January 1973

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
05 Dec 1971Sukhoi-7B-891Sqn Ldr Dhirendra Singh Jafa
26 SqnSD AAA 1555 Hrs La
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