Date of Birth: Jan 17, 1981

Place of Birth: Mangalore,Karanataka

Service: Air Force

Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant

UNIT: Air Force Station Ambala

Date of Martyrdom : Jan 18, 2007

Flight Lieutenant Ronald Kevin Serrao

Flight Lieutenant Ronald Kevin Serrao  was born on January 17, 1981 and was brought up in Mangalore, Karanataka. He was son of Army veteran Lieutenant Colonel John Serrao and Jessica Serrao, who is a doctor. His elder brother, Kenneth Serrao,  is an IIM Ahmedabad graduate. Flt Lt Serrao  had completed his schooling in Hyderabad and Sikkim and did his PUC in Chennai. As he was endowed with good looks too, Flt Lt Ronald had also done modelling assignment for Airtel, during his student days.
He joined the National Defence Academy at Kadakvasla in Pune in 1998 and got his commission as an IAF fighter pilot in 2002.  Flt Lt Ronald had also won the coveted Best Cadet award during his training at NDA Khadakvasla. After his training in Fighter lying  Flt Lt Ronald got posted to Air Force squadrons operating MiG-23 and Mig -29 aircraft. Later on Flt Lt Ronald moved to flying Jaguar aircraft and got posted to the Air Force base at Ambala. He got married to his colleague Deepika Dadlani on 29th April 2006.
Air Operation : 18 Jan 2007
On 18 Jan 2007, Flight Lieutenant Serrao was participating in a air to ground firing exercise as part of his operational training task. His Jaguar fighter aircraft got airborne at 1640 hours  from the Air Force base near Bikaner to fly towards Pokharan range. The Pokharan range in Rajasthan is used by the Air Force pilots as a training ground for various air operations using live ammunition. As this was a  live air to ground exercise the aircraft was  loaded with live armaments.


During the flight towards the target his Jaguar fighter aircraft blew up mid-air and crashed between Delasar and Dhaysar villages, about 55 kms from Jaisalmer. As the aircraft caught fire suddenly due to the development of unforeseen technical snag , Flt Lt Serrao did not get enough time to eject and a precious life was lost in the service of the nation.

Flight Lieutenant Ronald Kevin Serrao, is survived by his father an Army veteran Lieutenant Colonel John Serrao and mother Dr Jessica Serrao.
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6 Tributes
  • Mervyn M Rajan - Bangalore Urban,Karnataka

    2017 at 8:00 am Reply

    Highest order of respect to you sir.. u live in our hearts everyday.. u will never die in our hearts.. prayers for your family..

  • Manoj - Ambala,Haryana

    2018 at 11:54 am Reply

    Salute….Martyrs never die.

  • Shashi - Raichur,Karnataka

    2018 at 9:40 am Reply

    Salute sir ..your supreme scarifice will always be remember sir..
    Jai Hind…

  • Shabnam - Bagalkot,Karnataka

    2018 at 12:00 pm Reply

    My deepest respects and salute to you for the selfless service to the nation..Jai Hind..!

  • Rahul Ravi - Belgaum,Karnataka

    2018 at 10:04 am Reply

    Stories of such martyrdom makes it even more appealing to join the forces.
    Very sad to lose an officer of great caliber at such a young age.
    RIP Flight Lieutenant Ronald Kevin Serrao.

  • Sanjana Tuli - Pune,Maharashtra

    2019 at 7:55 pm Reply

    Ronnie…. Always loved. Always a dear friend. Your unforgettable infectious smile lingers on with everyone it shined on.
    Remembered you on your birthday yesterday and… Today… This day. Fly high with the angels.

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