Date of Birth: 29 Nov, 1970

Place of Birth: Goa

Service: Air Force

Last Rank: Wing Commander

Unit: 222 Sqn AF

Date of Martyrdom :16 Feb, 2010

Wing Commander Oswald de Abreu

Wing Commander Oswald de Abreu, was born on November 29, 1970, and was brought up in Goa, India. Wg Cdr Oswald completed his high school from Don Bosco in Panjim and then proceeded to study a degree program in Zoology from Dhempe College in Miramar. Soon after graduation, Wg Cdr Oswald cleared the Combined Defence Services Entrance exam and was selected to join IAF, as a pilot. Upon completion of training at the Air Force Academy at Dundigal near Hyderabad, he was commissioned as a fighter pilot in IAF on June 21, 1993.
During his service, Wg Cdr Oswald flew various fighter aircraft like MiG-21s, MiG-27s and the trainer aircraft HJT-16. He was a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) and trained many young cadets to become pilots in the IAF. For his hard work and dedication towards service, Wg Cdr Oswald had received commendation by the Chief of Air Staff on January 26, 2000. He was also a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, a prestigious tri-service defence services institution at Wellington in Tamil Nadu. Wg Cdr Oswald was also chosen to lead a delegation of IAF to the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) to view and fly their fighter aircraft.
Wg Cdr Oswald also served as Flight Commander of 222 Sqn, aptly named “The Tigersharks” an esteemed Fighter Squadron of IAF. The motto of the squadron “Vinashay Dushkrtam” meaning “Destroyer of the Evil”, exemplifies its role, as capable of inflicting a mortal blow to its prey without remorse of fear.
MiG-27 aircraft crash: 16 Feb 2010
On 16 Feb 2010, Wing Commander Oswald de Abreu was tasked to carry out an operational mission from Air Force station Hashimara to Bagdogra. Wg Cdr Oswald took off in his MiG-27 fighter aircraft from Air Force Station Hashimara, but within minutes, he reported the fire in the engine and crashed within the airbase at about 2.15 pm. Wg Cdr Oswald was an experienced pilot capable of handling various emergencies but did not get enough time to land safely due to sudden fire in the engine of the aircraft. Wg Cdr Oswald besides being an ace fighter pilot with over 15 years of flying experience was a dedicated soldier too. Wg Cdr Oswald served with utmost sincerity and laid down his life in the service of the nation.
Wing Commander Oswald de Abreu, is survived by his wife Smt Janice and children Nadia and Nathan, brother Orlando and sisters Claret and Marina who stay in Canada and UK respectively.
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  • Dsouza family

    2017at7:40 pm Reply

    Rest In Peace you are missed always

  • Abhishek Kumar

    2018at10:47 pm Reply

    Rest in peace.. It’s because of these few good men and women we live in peace..

  • Corrine Orsten

    2018at9:09 am Reply

    With thanks! Valuable information!

  • William Afonso

    2018at2:36 pm Reply

    One of the Thousand Goans who Did Great for India . Salute!!!!

  • C Ravi Shankar

    2019at12:44 am Reply

    Sir, you will always be with me in my thoughts. I can never forget the days when you guided me in my job and stood by me and gave me the strength which took me to the heights of my career. I miss you sir.

  • Ex Sgt P S Mohanty

    2020at10:23 pm Reply

    Sir I was posted in 18 sqn kalaikunda, when you were a young energetic & charismatic Flt.Lt. Your memory is still fresh. I miss you. Rest in Peace. Ex Sgt P S Mohanty

  • Preeti

    2021at8:06 am Reply

    We were together with Oswald and Janice in Hyderabad….I am looking for Janice since long. . If anything is in touch with her please connect on this number…7063931374

  • Spaarsh Kumaar

    2022at5:34 pm Reply

    Om Shanti.RIP. What i dont understad is why couldnt the atc or anyone aske him to eject.It was his call i know…….but any sort of suggestion should have helped.

  • Prof DR Sankaran A Director AERO NIET

    2022at7:24 am Reply

    My practical experience as a ground Crew with No35 Sqn AF, MOFTU 11 BRD as well as my current teaching Aircraft design for Post graduate level wish to comment that
    Early observation externally by ATC or caution by Duty pilot could have saved his Life.
    As mentioned by kumarr ji..HIS call..

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