Air Marshal Subroto Mukerjee
BORN: 05 MAR 1911 | DIED: 08 NOV 1960
Subroto Mukerjee was the youngest child of a close-knit and well known Bengali family. At the age of 18, he was one of the first six Indian boys selected to undergo two years of flying training at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. On 08 October, 1932 he was one of the six Indian Cadets who received their commission. He became the first Indian to command a Flight, a Squadron, a Station, and finally, the Service itself. He participated in NWFP Operation in 1942 and was Mentioned-in-Dispatches. In Jun 1945 he was awarded with ‘Order of the British Empire’ (Military Division). He took over as Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Air Force in 1954. He passed away in 1960.