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Dakota in a Combat Zone


The official history of the No.43 Squadron carries the following tantalising tidbit . "On 6 September 1965, the squadron had its first direct encounter with the enemy. Three aircraft took off from Amritsar in the evening with for Hunter escorts when they were attacked by a formation of four Sabres and a B-57 bomber. The Hunters latched on the Sabres. The B-57 got a chance and fired at the last DAKOTA, which was still on the ground about to take off. The DAKOTA was not hit and got airborne safely." . This incident did not get told anywhere else till now - as Sqn Ldr Arunesh "Bachu" Prasad puts on record what happened that evening.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 13:12

God's Gift to Women

A young Canberra jock in a much decorated and revered squadron is faced with an emergency that could take his life and that of his navigator. This is the story of a rare Canberra 'belly landing' that helped save a much valuable aircraft

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 04:49

Bomber Night - Gathering of Canberra veterans


On 6 December 2014, Marshal of the Air Force, Arjan Singh reviewed the gathering of the Canberra Veterans at "Bomber Night" in Pune.  The event was a major success with several veterans of the Canberra fraternity gathering from all over India in one night to celebrate the role of a beloved aircraft in the presence of a living legend.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 January 2015 21:04

No.1 Squadron “Tigers” and the Imphal Siege

Haider Raza's B Flight

The complete story of No.1 Squadron's operations in the Imphal Battle told in detail never before known. First published in an abridged form for the WW2 Imphal Battle Commemoration Brochure. This article also puts names to the unknown faces - and lists out those who sacrificed their lives in the battle.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 01:31

A SPLIT second decision in air combat

On 19th September 1965, Four Gnats of No.9 Squadron were involved in an aircombat with four PAF F-86 Sabres. While two Sabres were claimed by the Indian pilots, one of the Gnats failed to return. This is the story of the Gnat pilot who failed to return, was written off as lost, but came back after the war. Wg Cdr V M Mayadev takes a critical look at the aircombat and what could have gone right. (or wrong)

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:07

Sparrow or Moss?

Did the IAF ever use the Tu-124 Moss AWACS?  As first alleged by John Fricker in an article written on behalf of the Pakistan Air Force? Air Marshal Subhash Bhojwani sets the record straight. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 02:48

Operation Pawan - Role of Airpower with IPKF

Reviewed by Jagan Pillarisetti



Last Updated on Sunday, 08 March 2015 05:55

Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava (1928-2014)

Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava (1928-2014)Group Captain Kapil Bhargava (3939 F(P) who passed away on 17th December 2014, a was a good friend and a supporter for this website . He contributed so many articles on History that he had his own "sub-site" on Bharat Rakshak. He was also one of those  behind the Gnat Get-together event and the Gnat Golden Jubilee website (now hosted on bharat-rakshak).  Several tributes rolled in when he left for his final flight. we reproduced two such tributes to him in this page.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 January 2015 16:55

Aviation Artists : Deb Gohain

Deb Gohain

Gp Capt (Retd) Deb Gohain's Painting gallery is now updated with nine new paintings, spanning 1965, 1971 , Helicopter operations and the squadron anniversaries. They can be viewed in his Gallery of Aviation Art of DebGohain

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 20:43

On Air Marshal Nur Khan (1923-2011)

A look at PAF Air Marshal Malik Nur Khan's time with the Indian Air Force before the division of the IAF. This piece was first penned for Shiv Aroor's LiveFist Blog in 2011.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 October 2014 21:17
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BR IAF Books

The India-Pakistan Air War of 1965 by P V S Jagan Mohan & Samir Chopra
The first book published on the IAF in the 1965 war till date.

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