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.
Profile Maintenance

This profile is currently being maintained by However, we would invite the family members, unit/formation or former colleagues of this brave soldier to contribute additional information and maintain this memorial site as well, thereby assisting us in our endeavour to spread awareness about this great Indian and inspire future generations.

  • If you find any information that is incorrect or inappropriate or have additional information about the soldier that can be added to his memorial site, please contact us by using the tab given below.


Honourpoint.intakes utmost precaution towards factual correctness of the uploaded data and makes sure that the data is from a credible source. However, we do not take responsibility for authenticity of the content and Honourpoint.inor any of its members cannot be held responsible for any misappropriation of the uploaded content.

  • Arijit Dakshi

    2023at11:38 am Reply

    A tragic flying accident.
    Deep condolences for the deceased pilot Wg Cdr D’Abreu

Post a Comment