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The 1st Pilots Course is generally attributed to be the batch of Indians called for service into the IAF Volunteer Reserve in November 1939. A number of qualified young men who were already holders of Private Pilot's License were invited to join the IAFVR. They reported for duty at Flying Training School Risalpur. All the trainees who reported for training were commissioned the day they turned up - thus different officers had different dates of commission. Well known members of this batch include Air Chief Marshal P C Lal, Air Marshal R Rajaram , Air Commodore R Sitaram and others.

GD(P)
Wing Commander
Rup Chand

1563 GD(P)
Squadron Leader
Surjit Singh Majithia



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GD(P)
Pilot Officer
Joseph Mathai

1564 GD(P)
Squadron Leader
Prakash Chander Manchanda



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GD(P)
Flying Officer
Kalyan Ranjan Dass
Died in Service on 10 May 42

1565 GD(P)
Wing Commander
Hemango Nath Choudhuri

GD(P)
Flying Officer
Dhrubendra Chandra Bhanj Deo
Died in Service on 02 Aug 42

1566 GD(P)
Air Vice Marshal
Kundan Lal Sondhi

1567 F(P)
Air Chief Marshal
Pratap Chandra Lal

GD(P)
Pilot Officer
Dattatreya Anant Samant



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1568 GD(O)
Flying Officer
Bhupindar Singh Dugal

1569 A&SD
Group Captain
Abdul Mojahed Morad

1570 A&SD
Flying Officer
Murzban Ardeshir Choksey



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1571 ADM
Group Captain
Hiranand Nandiram Mansukhani

1572 GD(P)
Squadron Leader
Jehangir Merwan Engineer



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GD(P)
Pilot Officer
Syed Mushtaq Hussain Naqvi

1573 GD(P)
Air Marshal
Ramaswami Rajaram
Died in Service on 18 Jun 69

1574 GD(P)
Air Commodore
Ramaswami Sitaram

1575 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Habib Suleman Badruddin Tyabji
Died in Service on 21 Sep 43

1576 GD(P)
Squadron Leader
Noshir Maneck Gazdar



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GD(O)
Pilot Officer
Keki Burzorji Commissariat


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Keki Commissariat standing third from Right. Pratap Chandra Lal can be seen seated second from left. R Rajaram sdg 1st from left. R Sitaram sdg 3rd from left. This photograph is certainly of the first batch of Observers commissioned between 14 Nov 39 to 20 Nov 39.

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Call Letter for the 1st Batch of IAFVR Pilots