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AOC NO. 1 OPERATIONAL GROUP

Air Cmde DAR Nanda. -

(12 Dec 1952 - 01 Dec 1955 )

 

Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh

An alumnus of Cranwell (England), Arjan Singh was commissioned in Dec 30 and joined No.1 Squadron as Plt Offr in early 1940. In his early years he flew Westland Wapitis, Hawkers, Lysanders and Hurricanes. His aircraft was hit a number of times during the NWFP operations resulting even in a crash landing on one occasion. He commanded the No.1 Squadron during World War II and won a DFC for his valour, the medal for which was personally pinned by Lord Mountbatten. During his service career the first �Air Warrior� of the Air Force flew 65 types of 02 Dec 55 � 18 Dec 59 aircraft totalling 4500 hours. It was during his leadership that the Air Force went into action in 1965 and acquitted with glory. The Government conferred on him the rank of Marshal of the Air Force on 26 Jan 02 for his distinguished and unique service.

 

AOC-IN-C, WESTERN AIR COMMAND

A V M EW Pinto

(01Jun 63� 22 Nov 63)

 

Air Mshl PC Lal DFC

(24 Nov 63�30 Sep64)

 

Air Mshl R Rajaram DFC

(01 Oct 64 � 04 Mar 66)

 

Air Mshl Shiv Dev Singh PVSM

(05 Mar 66 � 31 Jul 69)

 

Air Mshl MM Engineer PVSM VC DFC

06 Aug 69�31 Mar 73)

 

Air Mshl H Moolgavkar PVSM MVC

(01 Apr 73 � 31 Jan 76 )

 

Air Mshl EJ Dhatigara PVSM KR

(01 Mar 76 � 03 Sep 78)

 

Air Mshl Dilbagh Singh PVSM AVSM VM

(04 Sep 78 � 31 Dec 80)

 

Air Mshl LM Katre PVSM AVSM & BAR

(05 Jan 81 � 28 Feb 83)

 

Air Mshl MSD Wollen PVSM VM ADC

(01 Mar 83 � 03 Sep 84)

 

Air Mshl Denis Lafontaine PVSM AVSM VM ADC

(01 Nov 84 � 02 Jul 85)

 

Air Mshl MM Singh PVSM AVSM Vr C

(22 Aug 85 � 31 Jul 88)

 

Air Mshl P Singh PVSM AVSM VM & BAR ADC

 (01 Aug 88 � 30 Apr 92)

 

Air Mshl SK Kaul PVSM MVC ADC

(01 May 92 � 30 Jul 93)

 

Air Mshl Pratap Rao AVSM VM

(03 Sep 93 � 05 Jun 94)

 

Air Mshl SK Sareen PVSM AVSM VM

(06 Jun 94 � 31 Jul 95)

 

Air Mshl AY Tipnis PVSM AVSM VM ADC

(01 Aug 95 � 31 Mar 97)

 

Air Mshl V Patney SYSM PVSM AVSM Vr C ADC

(01 Apr 97 � 31 Oct 99)

 

Air Mshl S Krishnaswamy PVSM AVSM VM & BAR ADC

(01 Nov 99- 31 Jul 01)

 

Air Mshl VK Bhatia PVSM AVSM Vr C & BAR ADC

(01 Aug 01 � 28 Apr 02)

 

Air Mshl AR Ghandhi PVSM AVSM Vr C

(29 Apr 02 � 16 Nov 03)

 

Air Mshl SP Tyagi PVSM AVSM VM ADC

 

 (01 Nov 03 � 31 Dec 04)

 

Air Mshl AK Singh PVSM AVSM VM VSM

(01 Jan 05 - 31 Jan 07)

 

Air Mshl PS Ahaluwalia PVSM AVSM & BAR VM  VSM

(01 Feb 07 - 31 Dec 07)

 

Air Mshl PK Barbora PVSM VM ADC

(01 Jan 08 - 31 May 09)