Service No: 7419 F(P)

Date of birth: Jul 15, 1942

Place of birth: Bombay(Maharashtra)

Service: Air Force

Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant

UNIT: JBCU

Operation : Op Cactus Lily

Date of Martyrdom : Dec 04, 1971

Flight Lieutenant Lloyd Moses Sassoon

Flight Lieutenant Lloyd Moses Sasoon was born to Mozelle and Moses Sassoon Kandlekar on 15th July 1942 in Bombay in Maharashtra. 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.

 

Flt Lt Moses was keen on joining Armed Forces , so he applied for and was selected as a cadet at the National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadakvasla 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 excited 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 at Ambala under the Western Air Command.

 

On 27 Nov 1966, then Flying officer Moses married Sybia, daughter of Elizabeth and 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 made the supreme sacrifice in the service of the nation and he will always be remembered for his commitment and devotion to duty. Flight Lieutenant Lloyd Moses Sasoon is survived by his wife Sybia Robert Jacob and two sons Dov and David.

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