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Air Vice Marshal Jeffrey D'Souza

Service No & Branch 7432 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 22 Jun 1963 Course: 84 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1998 Superannuated
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 11 Oct 1981Gp Capt : 21 Apr 1986Acting Air Cmde : 04 Jan 1990Air Cmde : 01 Aug 1990
AVM : 01 Jan 1996
Training and Other Courses Attended
22 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 196211 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Feb 197834 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1994
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

01 Apr 1972 - Flt LtElementary Flying SchoolBidar Flight Commander
- 01 Dec 1973Sqn LdrFighter Training WingHakimpet Flight Commander
05 Aug 1981 - 23 Oct 1983Wg CdrNo.45 SquadronJamnagar Commanding Officer
- 01 Dec 1987Gp Capt2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Chief Operations Officer
- 01 Dec 1989Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Joint Director (Air Defence)
04 Jan 1990 - 07 Mar 1992Air Cmde17 WingGorakhpur Air Officer Commanding
11 Mar 1992 - 01 Jan 1994Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-I
01 Sep 1995 - 31 Mar 1998AVMNational Defence CollegeDelhi Senior Directing Staff (Air)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrJeffrey D'Souza7432 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1984
Details :

Wing Commander Jeffrey D' Souza was commissioned in the Air Force in 1963.

From the beginning of his career, Wg Cdr Jeffery D' Souza showed a high degree of skill in his basic profession of flying. Initially trained as fighter pilot on Vampire and Toofani aircraft he had just over two years service when the hostilities with Pakistan broke out in 1965. He participated fully during these operations in all tasks allotted to his unit. Later he was selected to become a qualified flying instructor after being trained at the Flying Instructors School. Thereafter he joined the Elementary Flying School and performed the duties of its flight commander. Wg Cdr D'Souza was posted to a MiG-21 Squadron where he was graded a Category A-2 instructor and was selected to become a Fighter Combat Leader. His excellence as a trainee FCL caused him to be retained as a member of the staff of the Tactical and Air Combat Development and Training Establishment after his training. Following a very effective tenure as a staff FCL, Wg Cdr D' Souza was selected to lead a team of instructors to a friendly foreign country.

In 1981 Wg Cdr J D' Souza was appointed as the Commanding Officer of a fighter squadrons. Soon after his assumption of office, his Unit was re-equipped with a modern type of aircraft. Wg Cdr D' Souza planned and executed this conversion with élan and zeal and was able to declare his unit operational within three months of the arrival of aircraft.

For his extensive accident free record of flying, his qualities of leadership and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wing Commander Jeffrey D' Souza.

Unit : 45 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983
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