One of Bapurao’s sons was Shantaram Jatar (known as Babukaka) who married Malti Phadnis. Kumar Jatar is the son of Babukaka and he married Shaila Raje Pant, and they have two sons, Udaiyan and Samirran.
Kumar (Dinkar) Jatar, was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal, pinned on him by none other than the Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC, an Indian Air Force marshal who served as Chief of the Air Staff from 1964 to 1969.
The above photograph is from Kumar Jatar’s mother’s collection (Malti vahini) and this is what his nephew Jairaj Jatar has to say about it:
My dad told me a story about the pic. Air Marshal Arjan Singh had thought until then that he was the tallest man in the Air Force until he started pinning the medal on Kumar kaka! For the first time Air Marshal had to reach up to look in to the eyes of his soldier!
He specially called out to Kumar kaka at the evening ceremony and had a few personal words with him.
This is the actual citation.
He was awarded the medal for his great courage in the war with Pakistan. He carried out a large number of operational missions in enemy territory, despite heavy ground fire and air opposition. The details are given in the citation above.
(Post by Nita Jatar Kulkarni, with citations and photograph provided by Udaiyan Jatar)