End Date : 07 Nov 39
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)Flight LieutenantRup Chand||1563 GD(P)Squadron LeaderSurjit Singh Majithia||No Image AvailableGD(P)Pilot OfficerJoseph Mathai||1564 GD(P)Squadron LeaderPrakash Chander Manchanda||No Image AvailableGD(P)Flying OfficerKalyan Ranjan DassDied in Service on 10 May 42|
|1565 GD(P)Wing CommanderHemango Nath Choudhuri||GD(P)Flying OfficerDhrubendra Chandra Bhanj DeoDied in Service on 02 Aug 42||1566 GD(P)Air Vice MarshalKundan Lal Sondhi||GD(P)Pilot OfficerDattatreya Anant Samant||1570 A&SDFlying OfficerMurzban Ardeshir Choksey|
|No Image Available1571 ADMGroup CaptainHiranand Nandiram Mansukhani||1572 GD(P)Squadron LeaderJehangir Merwan Engineer||GD(P)Pilot OfficerSyed Mushtaq Hussain Naqvi||1576 GD(P)Squadron LeaderNoshir Maneck Gazdar|
Read more at http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/history/ww2/veterans/1042-keki-burjorji-commissariat.htmlKeki 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.
Read more at http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/history/ww2/veterans/1042-keki-burjorji-commissariat.htmlCall Letter for the 1st Batch of IAFVR Pilots