The Squadron crest is flying against a blue background. This crest was approved by the then President of India, his Excellency Dr. Rajendra Prasad on 23 Feb 60. The crest is indicative of the qualities this squadron, as a strike force, possesses i.e. accuracy and lethal fire power. The Squadron motto is "DURAR SHARLAKSHYA". "DURARAKSHA" means the ability to defend deep, "SHARLAKSHYA", the accuracy and commitment as that of a true arrow.
During the 1965 operations both Air Defence and Ground Attack missions were undertaken from Halwara. The Squadron personnel won two Vir Chakras and five Mention-in- Despatches. Two pilots and five aircraft were lost during this period. The Squadron flew reconnaissance, Opportunity and Close Air Support missions in the Gujranwala sector, in the Sialkot-Lahore-Ferozpur axis and in the Khemkaran Kasur Sector, contributing to the famous grave yard of 300 Patton tanks destroyed .
Happenings between 1965-1971
In April 1967, all existing Hunter 56 aircraft of the Squadron were replaced by Hunter 56A and Deep Penetration Strike became the primary role. In addition, the Squadron was tasked with the Fighter Reconnaissance role. it moved to Pathankot in July 1971 and operated from there during the 1971 war.
During the 1971 operations, close Air Support missions were undertaken in Poonch sector and Combat Air Patrol missions were carried out over Army concentration areas. On 07 December 1971 extensive Close Air Support mission were carried out in the Chhamb-Akhnoor sector. On 10 December 1971, Squadron Leader MK Jain was killed in action. He was later awarded the Vir Charkra posthumously. The Squadron carried out Counter Air Operations against Sakesar, Murid & Mianwali air fields. For their gallantry during the 1971 operations, Squadron personnel were awarded five Vir Chakras, one Vishisht Seva Medal and mention-in- Despatches.
Vampire aircraft were the first ones to continue with the Sqn from 1957 to Sep 1958. They however saw more of the Sqn surroundings and personnel as the previous 1 Sqn, AF was numbered as 27 Sqn, AF from 15 Feb 57.
A LEGEND OF GLORY
The Sqn had the first taste of war when it was tasked to participate in Operation Vijay for liberation of Goa in Dec 1961. It discharged its duty with professional efficiency and dedication.
During the 1965 Indo-Pak war, the Sqn was located at Halwara under HQ WAC, IAF. One out of the many successful operations is described below. The Sqn carried out a number of Counter Air Missions over Pak.On 07 Sep 65 at 0615 hrs five aircrafts got airborne on a raid on Chhota Sargodha during which they carried out successful RP attack over the airfield. While returning, then Flt Lt DN Rathore destroyed two Sabres aircraft parked on ORP at Chak Jhumra airfield and also a factory nearby. With this dare devil attitude Sqn won two Vr Cs and five mention in despatches. The Sqn has lived upto its reputation since then.
In recognition of its exceptional service rendered to the nation both during war and peace the Sqn was awarded President Colour on 13 Nov 1996.
During its entire existence, the Sqn has won numerous trophies and has acquired itself very well in all shapes of activity.
LOCATION / MOVEMENT OF SQN
Hunter MK 56
Hunter MK 56 & replaced with Hunter MK 56A in Apr 67
List of Ex Members who received Presidential Awards