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0 DEO Course

Start Date : 01 Jan 47 End Date : 19 Dec 47

The first Direct Entry Engineers was in 1947 - ten were selected to go through the 49th and the 50th PIC (Pilots Initial Course) and were sent to the ITW in Coimbatore in Jan 1947. The names in those 2 batches were Razdan, CS Naik, Chenna Keshu, PD Chopra, Roy Choudhry, S Desai, Willie Raj (in the 49th) and Rallia Ram, Arora and J Chakko (in the 50th). Due to impendance of India's Independence later that year, this Engrs did not go through to get our 'Wings', but were sent to the IAF Station Tambaram, under Gp Capt R Rajaram to be trained as Tech (Eng) Officers. This Course was called Zero Course in among later generations of Tech officers in the IAF

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3495 ENG
Group Captain
Subramanyan Chenna Keshu



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3496 AE(M)
Group Captain
Willie Raj

3497 ENG
Group Captain
Prabhu Datt Chopra



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3498 ENG
Flying Officer
Autar Nath Razdan

3499 AE(M)
Air Marshal
Chandrakant Shridhar Naik

3500 AE(M)
Air Vice Marshal
Sailendra Nath Roychaudhury



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3501 AE(M)
Air Commodore
Sadashiv Wamanrao Desai

3528 ENG
Group Captain
Jacob Kayalath Chakko



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3529 ENG
Flying Officer
Chaman Lal Ralliaram



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3530 ENG
Wing Commander
Madan Mohan Arora


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