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1Cranwell Course

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.

View Career Timeline of Individual members in this course

1551 GD(P)
Air Marshal
Subroto Mukerjee
Died in Service on 08 Nov 60

1552 GD(P)
Wing Commander
Aizad Baksh Awan

Flying Officer
Harish Chander Sircar

Pilot Officer
Amarinder Singh
Died in Service on 06 Sep 33

Pilot Officer
Bhupinder Singh
Died in Service on 06 Sep 33

1553 EQPT
Squadron Leader
Jagat Narain Tandon
Died in Service on 21 Jan 44

1554 GD(P)
Air Marshal
Aspy Merwan Engineer

1555 GD(P)
Wing Commander
Karun Krishna Majumdar
Died in Service on 17 Feb 45

1556 GD(P)
Air Commodore
Died in Service on 06 Oct 51

Pilot Officer
Daljit Singh

Squadron Leader
Henry Runganadhan
Died in Service on 03 Oct 42

1557 GD(P)
Squadron Leader
Habib Ullah Khan
Died in Service on 21 Apr 43

1558 GD(P)
Air Commodore
Ravinder Hari Darshan Singh

1559 GD(P)
Air Commodore
Mehar Singh

Flight Lieutenant
Baldev Krishna Nanda
Died in Service on 10 Nov 42

1560 GD(P)
Air Vice Marshal
Surendra Nath Goyal

1577 GD(P)
Marshal of the Air Force
Arjan Singh

1578 GD(P)
Squadron Leader
Prithipal Singh
Died in Service on 06 Jan 45

Other Course Members

Rajeswar Nath Batra
withdrew after row with instructor. Civil Flying. Died 1937 in crash

M K Khanna
withdrawn 21 Oct 1932 on own request

G R Sharma
withdrawn 17 Jan 1935 - Officer Unlikely

A Gupta
withdrawn 4 Sept 1935 ill-health

K M Bahl
withdrawn 31 Jul 1939 - Unlikely to make Pilot
Note: All the data available here is publicly available in the Gazette of India, published by the Indian Government, or from public domain sources, press releases about Awards and Right-To-Information (RTI) Requests. Additionally data shared by veterans is added to the page with permission. No data with respect to serving officers below the rank of AVM is displayed. Information in Gazette of India and Award citations and photographs as released by the Indian Air Force are the only details displayed.