The Indian Air Force has the distinction of producing an officer whose name, at end of the Second World War, was included among the best pilots of all Allied Forces. Wg Cdr KK ‘Jumbo’ Majumdar DFC was born at Calcutta on 06 Sep 1913.
Legends Of IAF
Air Cmde Mehar Singh was born in the district of Lyallpur on 20 Mar 1915. Mehar Singh was attracted by the idea of flying at a very young age in which lead him to join Royal Air Force College Cranwell, England in 1934,and soon Mehar Singh
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.
Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon was born on 17 Jul 1943 in the village of Rurka in Ludhiana District, Punjab. He was the son of Hony Flight Lieutenant Tarlochan Singh Sekhon. He was commissioned into the flying branch of the Indian Air Force on
Harjinder Singh joined the Indian Air Froce (IAF) as a Hawai Sepoy (Air Soldier), a rank lower than that of a soldier. He got commissioned in the Royal Air Force on 03 Sep 1942. One of his many initiatives was the construction of an aircraft at IAF Station
Air Chief Marshal Pratap Chandra Lal was born in December 1916 at Allahabad, in a family of lawyers. He had an early interest in aviation, and became the youngest Indian to earn Amateur Pilot’s Licence at the age of 17, in January 1934.
Air Chief Marshal Om Prakash Mehra was born on 19 Jan 1919 at Lahore. He finished schooling at the Central Model School in 1933 and joined Government College University, Lahore. After a short spell of flying Tiger Moths at the Northern India Flying
Air Chief Marshal Dilbagh Singh was born on 10 March 1926 at Gurdaspur District, Punjab. He was commissioned in the RIAF as a pilot in 1944. His operational flying career spanned from the Spitfire to raising the first MiG-21 Sqn in India. He had earlier
Air Chief Marshal Idris Hassan Latif was born on 09 June 1923 at Hyderabad. He was educated at the prestigious Nizam College, Hyderabad. He was commissioned into the RIAF in 1942 and took part in the Burma Campaign on the Arakan Front during
Air Chief Marshal Lakshman Madhav Katre was born on 26 Jan 1927 in Madras. He was commissioned on 09 Apr 1945 and started his illustrious career in the IAF as a Pilot Officer in 1 Sqn. Later on, he commanded 17 Sqn and 7 Sqn. He served as Commandant, Air Force Academy,
Wg Cdr Rakesh Sharma was born on 13 Jan 1949 at Patiala Punjab, and was schooled at St. George’s Grammar School, Abid Road Hyderabad. He was commissioned into the Indian Air Force as a Pilot Officer in 1970. Wg Cdr Rakesh Sharma, then a