IAF, IA and IN Aircraft Losses Database


1944 : 5 1945 : 31 1946 : 70 1947 : 38 1948 : 2 1949 : 3 1950 : 5 1951 : 4 1952 : 5 1953 : 10 1954 : 2 1955 : 1

A total of 176 Accidents and Losses are listed.


DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewPhotoUnitRemarks
08 Nov 46 Spitfire XIV TZ163
6 Ranchi ac overturned after swinging on TO on runwa
24 Nov 46 Spitfire VIIIc JG606 Flt Lt J W G Marley
Click to View Record 1 Engine trouble on cross country, belly landed at Y
04 Dec 46 Spitfire XIVe SM893 Fg Offr N K Lalkaka
Click to View Record 8 cross country flt Bhopal to nagpur, got lost in cl
09 Dec 46 Spitfire VIIIc NH636 Plt Offr O'Brian
Click to View Record AFS(I) hit by NH901 whilte stationary at Ambala
17 Dec 46 Spitfire XIVe TZ185 Plt Offr P E Harrington
Click to View Record AFS(I) engine cut on apprach, BL at Ambala
30 Dec 46 Spitfire XIVe RM969 Plt Offr Hakim Rai*
6 Went out of control after looping at 3000feet at R
10 Jan 47 Spitfire VIIIc MD384 Plt Offr U A Vaz
AFS(I) engine cut on approach, belly landed at Ambala, Pi
14 Jan 47 Spitfire VIIIc MT828 Plt Offr M U Ducase
2 Kohat - tyre Burst on TO and ac BL in airfield
16 Jan 47 Spitfire XIVe NH873 Plt Offr R H Beaupert
AFS(I) Tyre burst on TO, BL at Ambala
29 Jan 47 Spitfire VIIIc MT841 Plt Offr P Callaghan
Click to View Record 2 Kohat ac FL after engine caught fire - Pt injured
12 Feb 47 Spitfire XIVe MV371 Fg Offr M Hosain
Click to View Record AFS(I) engine cut, BL, damaged fuselage 8 m NW of Ambala
14 Feb 47 Spitfire PR.XI PL997 Plt Offr Durney
7 Engine cut on take of, FL at Kohat, Burnt out
14 Feb 47 Spitfire VIIIc NH651 Plt Offr G E Wilkes
Click to View Record 7 Miranshah - ac tipped up after Tyre burst on TO
19 Feb 47 Spitfire XIVe TX988 Fg Offr S Srinivasan
Click to View Record 9 engine cut on cross country flt, BL near Ichawara
20 Feb 47 Spitfire XIVe NH803 Fg Offr Jafar Zaheer
Click to View Record 9 BL at Nagpur
21 Feb 47 Spitfire XIVe RN199 Plt Offr T N Ahmed*
7 hit mudwall at end of runway on low approach crash
21 Feb 47 Spitfire VIIIc MV430 Plt Offr H V Smith*
AFS(I) pilot blacked out while pulling out of dive, loope
27 Feb 47 Spitfire XIVe NH788
6 lost on Navex, Overshot into Ditch at Chanbad, Dha
04 Mar 47 Spitfire XIVe TP256 Plt Offr H Storey
AFS(I) prop blade broke off in flight, engine smoked, air
06 Mar 47 Spitfire VIIIc MT725 Plt Offr A S Bakshi
AFS(I) flapless landing, UC Collapse Ambala
15 Mar 47 Spitfire XIVe TX991 Fg Offr A K Sehgal*
9 ferry to No.9, engine cut, FL, crashed 30M NW of s
18 Mar 47 Spitfire XIVe TZ104 Plt Offr R H Beaupert*
6 Engine cut on recce, pilot struck wing Baling out,
01 Apr 47 Spitfire VIIIc MT662 Fg Offr W H Walmsley
1 tyre burst on heavy night landing, BL at yelahanka
15 Apr 47 Spitfire VIIIc MV118 Fg Offr N B Menon
Click to View Record 6 while turning at end of runway run into by MT520
15 Apr 47 Spitfire VIIIc MT520 Fg Offr J L Payne
6 ferry flt, Fast landing to avoid MV118 but hit air
15 Apr 47 Spitfire VIIIc MT832 Plt Offr U G Wright
AFS(I) Ambala - engine stalled short of runway ac crl
19 Apr 47 Spitfire VIIIc MT881 Fg Offr D B Pigott
Click to View Record 2 short of fuel on cross country flight, FL wheels d
26 Apr 47 Spitfire XIVe RN178 Flt Lt M B Naik
Click to View Record 6 engine lost power on cross country flight, BL in f
27 Apr 47 Spitfire XIVe RN192 Fg Offr J Zaheer
Click to View Record 9 engine cut on ferryflt BL in field near Kunkurali,
07 May 47 Spitfire XIVe MV305 Fg Offr N K Mukherjee
6 Starboard tyre burst on TO at Ranchi, BL. NK or MK
14 May 47 Spitfire XIVe NH837 Plt Offr Ashraff
Click to View Record AFS(I) lost pwoer in circuit, fast appraoch, BL Ambala.
14 May 47 Spitfire XIVe RN157 Fg Offr C T Rhenius
8 engine cut on airtest, belly landed on kolar airfi
22 May 47 Spitfire XIVe RN220 Fg Offr Hoshang K Patel
7 lost way on ferry flight, short of fuel, BL at Shi
23 May 47 Spitfire VIIIc MV459 Plt Offr U A D'Cruz
Click to View Record AFS(I) engine cutt, BL in river bed at Mullana village, 1
11 Jun 47 Spitfire XIVe TX979 Fg Offr G S Sekhon*
Click to View Record 4 flew into mountain ag Okyama Japan, followed by No
11 Jun 47 Spitfire XIVe SM925 Fg Offr J A Martin*
4 flew into mountain at Okayama Japan while followin
20 Jun 47 Spitfire VIIIc MV406 Plt Offr K B Majid
AFS(I) ran short of fuel during aerobatics, belly landed
16 Jul 47 Spitfire VIIIc MT912 Plt Offr G S Guron*
1SFTS dived on low level flight at Gara Village 3m S of
30 Jul 47 Spitfire XIVe NH759 Plt Offr Zafar Masud
Click to View Record AFS(I) tyre burst on TO, BL Ambala
30 Jul 47 Spitfire VIIIc MT993
AFS(I) tyre burst on TO BL at Ambala
05 Aug 47 Spitfire VIIIc JG378 Plt Offr R C Malani
AFS(I) Ambala, uc collapse on landing acwo
28 Aug 47 Spitfire VIII MT-783 Plt Offr Raghu Nath Bansilal +
AFS(I) The assistance of the authoriti3 LId geral public
02 Sep 47 Spitfire Plt Offr Kshitimohan Nilkanth Kashalkar +
AFS(I) In Memoriam
05 Nov 47 Spitfire VIII MT-595 Fg Offr Potula Venkata Sobhan Ram
Click to View Record AFS(I) Lost way in dark on ferry to Srinagar. BO near Mur
12 Jun 48 Spitfire Flt Cdt S Bhattacharjee +
AFS(I) In Memoriam
24 Sep 48 Spitfire VIII JG-325 Flt Cdt S C Samuel +
AFS(I) Cr near Jagadhri MAC during formation flying http:
28 Jan 49 Spitfire Flt Cdt K Abraham +
AFS(I) In Memoriam
08 Mar 49 Spitfire Flt Cdt S B Borkar +
AFS(I) 6 mi N of Ambala
29 Oct 49 Spitfire VIII JG-686 Plt Offr Chandra Kant Mankar +
AFS(I) In Memoriam
14 Jun 50 Spitfire XVIII Plt Offr Satish Kumar Khanna +
CTU Stalled during Approach Ambala

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