Service No: 7419 F(P)
Date of birth: Jul 15, 1942
Place of birth: Bombay(Maharashtra)
Service: Air Force
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Operation : Op Cactus Lily
Date of Martyrdom : Dec 04, 1971
Flight Lieutenant Lloyd Moses Sasoon hailed from Mumbai in Maharashtra and was born on 15th July 1942. Son of Smt Mozelle and Shri Moses Sassoon Kandlekar, Flt Lt Moses grew up to be a bright and well groomed child. At that time his father worked as Chief Engineer-Bombay Region in the Bombay Port Trust Authority. Flt Lt Moses studied initially from St. Mary’s High School in Mazagon, Bombay and then went on to complete his Inter-Science Level at K.C. College Churchgate in Bombay.
He always nursed the idea of joining the Armed Forces since his younger days and continued to follow his dream. Eventually he got selected to join the National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadakwasla in 1962. He got selected for the Air Force and after completion of his training at the NDA in 1965, he proceeded for his pilot’s training at the Indian Air Force flight training center in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He was very happy to be a fighter pilot in the IAF and soon gained expertise in various air operations.
In a short time, he got promoted from Pilot Officer to Flt Lt and was posted to 5 Sqn flying Canberra Bombers. This squadron was one of the coveted units of the Indian Air Force and had on its roll the most committed and competent pilots. Between the years 1967 to 1969 he served in units located in Madras (Now Chennai) and Agra. In 1969 his squadron moved to the Air Force station at Ambala under the Western Air Command. On 27 Nov 1966, then Flying officer Moses married Ms Sybia, daughter of Smt Elizabeth and Shri Robert Jacob Kasukar. The couple had two sons, Dov born on 17 Nov 1968 and David born on 19 Dec 1970.
Indo-Pak war : Air Operation(04 Dec 1971)
When the war with Pakistan broke out on 03 Dec 1971, IAF launched numerous air operations against enemy targets commencing 04 Dec 1971. Besides undertaking deep penetrations strikes inside enemy territory , IAF also launched various close air support operations in support of our ground forces. The air support operations invariably were attacks against enemy tanks, artillery positions and other ground based weapons and systems in support of our ground forces. On the other hand deep penetration strikes were targeted at enemy vulnerable areas and positions to adversely affect it war waging capacity. On 04 Dec 1971, Flt Lt Moses was tasked for a strike mission to attack enemy positions on the western border.
Flt Lt Moses took off in his Canberra Bomber along with his navigator to carry out the assigned task. However his aircraft was shot down near Lahore and it is presumed that he safely ejected as the pilot in Canberra aircraft had the option to do so in case of emergency. However Flt Lt Moses never returned to India and presumed to have been killed by the enemy forces. At the end of the war, the Indian Government declared Flt Lt Moses as missing in action and the Pakistani Government claimed that he was killed when his plane crashed. Flt Lt Moses was a valiant soldier and committed air warrior, who made the supreme sacrifice at the age of 29 years in the service of the nation.
Flight Lieutenant Lloyd Moses Sasoon is survived by his wife Smt Sybia Robert Jacob and two sons Dov and David.
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