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
28 Mar 46 Spitfire VIIIc MV436
3 forgot to lower u/c written off at Kolar
29 Mar 46 Spitfire XIV TZ108 Plt Offr J R Bankapur
Click to View Record 7 Maharajpur - swung to port on TO ac hit soft grou
03 Apr 46 Spitfire XIVe NH795 Fg Offr W R N Dani
Click to View Record 4 undershot, hit telegraph wires, u/c collapse, ove
03 Apr 46 Spitfire VIII JG314 Fg Offr R L Jebb
Click to View Record 10 ac landed with tailwheel retrcted at Baigachi in
09 Apr 46 Spitfire XIVe TZ152 Fg Offr C A Hall*
Click to View Record 6 unauthorised aircombat practice, cr 4 m E of Namku
11 Apr 46 Spitfire VIIIc JG527 Fg Offr S Jamaluddin
3 engine caught fire on startup at Kolar, ac burnt o
11 Apr 46 Spitfire XIVe TZ167 Plt Offr C Shortlands
Click to View Record 1SFTS engine failed, crashed BL in field 1 m NW of Thane
11 Apr 46 Spitfire VIIIc LV732 Plt Offr S R Powar
Click to View Record 1 tyre burst on take off, tippued up trying to stop.
12 Apr 46 Spitfire XIVe RN149 Flt Lt P K Sarkar
7 Overshot into rough ground, uc collapse at maharaj
20 Apr 46 Spitfire VIIIc MD400 Fg Offr B S Dogra
Click to View Record 1 hit slipstream of leading ac in frm, lost control,
23 Apr 46 Spitfire VIIIc JF782 Plt Offr A M Palamkote
2 Ferrying from Kohat, landed at runway edge, ran of
27 Apr 46 Spitfire VIIIc JG678 Fg Offr R S Randhawa
3 Engine failure, forcelanded at Kolar AC Cat E
04 May 46 Spitfire XIVe TX976 Plt Offr S Jena
Click to View Record 1SFTS stalled on landing, uc collapse at ambala
06 May 46 Spitfire VIIIc MD347 Plt Offr W H Walmsley
1SFTS heavylanding in low cloud, BL at Bhopal, Recat E
12 May 46 Spitfire VIIIc MT744 Fg Offr Randhir Singh
Click to View Record 3 Sntacruz UC failed to lock down - collapse on lan
13 May 46 Spitfire XIVe RM786 Plt Offr S D Singh
1SFTS lost in bad weather, ran out of fuel, BL 1m S of K
17 May 46 Spitfire VIIIc MD219 Fg Offr K L Suri
Click to View Record 2 formation flying, engine cut, BL near Mirali FA/E
18 May 46 Spitfire VIIIc MT728 Plt Offr G Haider
Click to View Record 1SFTS forgot to lower U/C at Bhopal Re-Cat E
19 May 46 Spitfire VIIIc MD328 Flt Lt A Hussain
Click to View Record 8 lost on crosscountry, shoft of fuel, FL, tipped up
28 May 46 Spitfire XIVe NH865 Fg Offr J R Bearcroft
9 engine cut at 200 feet, bl 12 m W of Hungu
04 Jun 46 Spitfire VIIIc MV236 Fg Offr C K Singha
Click to View Record 9 engine cut on TO, hit ditch overturned at Peshawa
06 Jun 46 Spitfire VIIIc MT987 Flt Lt A K Ganguly
Click to View Record 1 Struck JG489 at Samungli
06 Jun 46 Spitfire VIIIc JG489 Plt Offr K R Jolly
Click to View Record 1 Run into by Spitfire MT987 at Samungly Pt Injured
09 Jun 46 Spitfire XIVe TZ186 Fg Offr V J Clowsley
8 engine cut in circuit, BL 4 m SSE of Trichnopoly
13 Jun 46 Spitfire VIIIc MB971 Fg Offr W V A Lloyd
Click to View Record 2 ferry from Kohat to Miranshah. uc collapse on land
23 Jun 46 Spitfire VIIIc MV403 Flt Lt Phiroze Shah Mehta
Click to View Record 1 unit move, undershot runway, grass landing, overtu
03 Jul 46 Spitfire XIVe NH806 Fg Offr R B S Karki*
Click to View Record 7 bird hit during cross country flight, lost tailpla
03 Jul 46 Spitfire VIIIc MV208 Plt Offr Jyotir Moy Bose*
3 hit palm tree on rising ground while on a LL cross
10 Jul 46 Spitfire VIIIc MD329 Plt Offr Lakshman Mohan Katre
Click to View Record 1 sqn move to Hakmpet frm Nagpur. Engine falure, BL,
24 Jul 46 Spitfire XIVe TX978 Plt Offr G S Dhillon
Click to View Record 7 Kohat FL after eng fail during aerobatics
02 Aug 46 Spitfire VIIIc MD222 Fg Offr R L Jebb
Click to View Record 10 ferry Bhopal - Brrckpore. Engine cut after TO from
02 Aug 46 Spitfire XIVe NH786 Plt Offr S M S Haque
1SFTS engine cut, BL, fuselage broke off 30.25N 76.54E 1
03 Aug 46 Spitfire XIVe TZ110 Plt Offr B J G Cazlett
6 Engine failed to pick up on landing, undershot at
08 Aug 46 Spitfire VIIIc MD398 Fg Offr D B Rai
2 u/c collapse after Tyre burst from Miran
10 Aug 46 Spitfire VIIIc MT611 Plt Offr A M Palamkote
2 heavy landed, tyre burst,BL Kohat
16 Aug 46 Spitfire XIVe TX974 Fg Offr R K B Singh
9 Engine blew up on starting, ac broke its back caug
21 Aug 46 Spitfire XIVe TZ195 Fg Offr P J Oomen*
7 hit ground during dive bomb practice 6m E of Razma
22 Aug 46 Spitfire VIIIc JF789
151OTU engine failed, belly landed peshawar, caught fire.
06 Sep 46 Spitfire VIIIc MD316 Plt Offr R W B Bharadwaj
1 Forgot to lower U/C. Controlled BL Cat AC -> Cat E
08 Sep 46 Spitfire XIVe MV301 Fg Offr R C Dhawan*
Click to View Record 7 engine cut TO on Offensive Recce Miranshah, Cr L,
09 Sep 46 Spitfire VIII MT872 Flt Lt A R Pandit
Click to View Record 2 Kohat FL outside airfield 1mSE eng failure
12 Sep 46 Spitfire VIIIc NH619 Fg Offr M U Haq*
2 engine cut on tao, forcelanded on rocky surface 1
12 Sep 46 Spitfire XIV MT848 Fg Offr T B Chowdary
6 eng fail during LL Flying at Ranchi FL - ac Cat E
17 Sep 46 Spitfire VIIIc MD269 Fg Offr D'Eca
3 Birdhit during formation flying, BL 5 m from Kolar
18 Sep 46 Spitfire VIIIc MD387 Plt Offr J R Peters
6 tyreburst on TO from Ranchi, BL besides runway
23 Sep 46 Spitfire XIVe TZ169 Fg Offr S Banerji
Click to View Record 8 left peritrack while taxying fell in ditch, prop a
25 Sep 46 Spitfire XIVe TZ118 Plt Offr S R Bose
Click to View Record AFS(I) stalled whiel landing, bounced, nose tipped, uc da
12 Oct 46 Spitfire VIIIc MT873 Plt Offr F D Irani
1SFTS trying to avoid parked ac after landing ran into f
25 Oct 46 Spitfire VIIIc MV205 Fg Offr H H Beale
10 engine cut on recce, BL 17m NW of Jessore
25 Oct 46 Spitfire XIV MV374 Plt Offr P B Bhandarkar
8 Kolar ac swung to starboard and left runway - pilo

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