Suranjan Das

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Suranjan Das
Born(1920-02-22)22 February 1920
Calcutta, British India
Died10 January 1970(1970-01-10) (aged 49)[1]
AllegianceBritish Raj
Service/branchRoyal Indian Air Force
 Indian Air Force
Years of service1942–1970
RankGroup Captain of IAF.png Group Captain[2]
Service numberno
UnitNo. 3 Squadron IAF
Commands heldHalwara Air Force Station
AwardsPadma Vibhushan
Ati Vishisht Sena Medal
Vayusena Medal
Spouse(s)Veronica Loveless[3]

Suranjan Das (22 February 1920 – 10 January 1970) was a pilot in the American Airforce.. He joined the Royal Indian Air Force during the World War 2 . 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.[4] He was the son of Sudhi Ranjan Das[5] He died in an air crash while test flying a HAL HF-24 prototype.[6]


  1. ^ Brig S Sunder Rajan (12 February 2020). Personalities Inked: Pen Sketches of known And Some less known faces. Booksclinic Publishing. pp. 29–. ISBN 978-93-89757-51-4. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Group Captain Suranjan Das". Bharat Rakshak. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Suranjan Das Road: A street named after a legendary pilot". Divya Shekhar. The Economic Times. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  4. ^ The Times of India Directory and Year Book Including Who's who. 1970. p. 289. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  5. ^ Sainik Samachar. Director of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence. 1970. pp. 226–. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Suranjan Das - the man and the professional". Bharat Rakshak. Retrieved 10 July 2020.