Start Date : 07 Sep 30 End Date : 23 Dec 39
1Cranwell Course - This is not one course but a listing of all officers of the IAF who attended RAF Cranwell and were commissioned thereafter in the Indian Air Force. This was during the period 1930 to 1939 and was the only way an officer could join Indian Air Force. The typical course duration was two years.
The first six cadets joined on 7 Sep 1930 and were commissioned on 20 July 1932 after completing two years at Cranwell. One out of them, JN Tandon was commissioned as an equipment branch officer. The pilots, subsequently they attended the Army co-operation course at Army Cooperation school, Old Sarum, UK between September and December 1932. These officers were given a commission in the Indian Airforce on 8 October 1932 on its formation, though ante-date seniority was given from 20 July 1932, the passing out date from Cranwell.
One course junior at Cranwell was Aspy Engineer who got his commission on 15 July 1933. The next course saw three Indians - KK Majumdar, Narendra, and Daljit Singh who got commissioned on 16 December 1933. The subsequent course saw Henry Runganathan being commissioned on 28 July 1934. Habibullah Khan and RHD Singh were commissioned on 27 July 1935. Mehar Singh got his commission in December 1936 and SN Goyal and BK Nanda (eqpt) were commissioned in July 1938. The last lot was Arjan Singh and Prithpal Singh on 23 Dec 1939.
|1551 GD(P)Air MarshalSubroto MukerjeeDied in Service on 08 Nov 60||1552 GD(P)Wing CommanderAizad Baksh Awan||GD(P)Flying OfficerHarish Chander Sircar||GD(P)Pilot OfficerAmarinder SinghDied in Service on 06 Sep 33||GD(P)Pilot OfficerBhupinder SinghDied in Service on 06 Sep 33|
|1553 EQPTSquadron LeaderJagat Narain TandonDied in Service on 21 Jan 44||1554 GD(P)Air MarshalAspy Merwan Engineer||1555 GD(P)Wing CommanderKarun Krishna MajumdarDied in Service on 17 Feb 45||1556 GD(P)Air CommodoreNarendraDied in Service on 06 Oct 51||GD(P)Pilot OfficerDaljit Singh|
|GD(P)Squadron LeaderHenry RunganadhanDied in Service on 03 Oct 42||1557 GD(P)Squadron LeaderHabib Ullah KhanDied in Service on 21 Apr 43||1558 GD(P)Air CommodoreRavinder Hari Darshan Singh||1559 GD(P)Air CommodoreMehar Singh||EQPTFlight LieutenantBaldev Krishna NandaDied in Service on 10 Nov 42|
|1560 GD(P)Air Vice MarshalSurendra Nath Goyal||1577 GD(P)Marshal of the Air ForceArjan Singh||1578 GD(P)Squadron LeaderPrithipal SinghDied in Service on 06 Jan 45|
|Rajeswar Nath Batrawithdrew after row with instructor. Civil Flying. Died 1937 in crash||M K Khannawithdrawn 21 Oct 1932 on own request||G R Sharmawithdrawn 17 Jan 1935 - Officer Unlikely||A Guptawithdrawn 4 Sept 1935 ill-health||K M Bahlwithdrawn 31 Jul 1939 - Unlikely to make Pilot|