Suranjan Das

Suranjan Das
Born (1920-02-22)22 February 1920
Calcutta, British India
Died 10 January 1970(1970-01-10) (aged 49)
Service/branch Royal Indian Air Force
 Indian Air Force
Years of service 1942–1970
Rank Group Captain
Unit No. 3 Squadron IAF
Commands held Halwara Air Force Station
Awards Padma Vibhushan
Ati Vishisht Sena Medal
Vayusena Medal
Spouse(s) Veronica Loveless[1]

Suranjan Das (February 22, 1920 – January 10, 1970) was a pilot in the Indian Air Force. He joined the Royal Indian Air Force during the Second World War. He was amongst the first pilots to be sent to Empire Test Pilots School to a test pilot for the Indian Air force. He was a group captain. He commanded the Halwara Air Force Station Base between 1967 and 1969 and was the director of the Aircraft & Armament Testing Group of the Indian Air Force from 1969 until his death. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan posthumously in 1970.[2][3] He was the son of Sudhi Ranjan Das[4] He died in an air crash while test flying a HAL HF-24[5] prototype.


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