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26 Course

Start Date : 06 Jan 44 End Date : 04 Sep 44

26 Pilot Course - 86 Cadets reported to ITW Pune on 6 January 1944 and 85 of them moved to next stage on 15 May 1944. 42 were sent to Secunderabad (1 EFTS) and 43 to Jodhpur (2 EFTS) to train on the de-havilland and Tiger Moth. Midway through the course the Fairchild Cornell was also introduced. Successful Cadets reported to 1 SFTS (Ambala) on 4th Sep 1944 and were awarded Commission as Pilot Officers and commenced advanced training on the Harvards. On completion of training they were awarded Wings. For 26 Pilot Course the Wings award Passing out parade was not held and wings were given out in the mess. Due to backlog at 151 OTU Peshwar, the conversion to Hurricane aircraft for the course was done at Ambala itself. Subsequently they were sent to 151 OTU at Peshwar (on Hurricanes) for conversion/ gunnery training which ended in may 1945.

View Career Timeline of Individual members in this course

2986 F(P)
Wing Commander
Jagdish Ranganath Bankapur

2987 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Muthukumarasami Balan

2988 GD(P)
Wing Commander
Cecil Hugh Lawrence Digby

2989 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Lawrence Aubrey Frank Elkins

2990 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Rajah Venkat Goday



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2991 GD(P)
Pilot Officer
David Smith Greenhorn
Died in Service on 03 May 45



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2992 GD(P)
Pilot Officer
Sajjad Hasain Jeddy



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2993 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Joseph Anthony Martin
Died in Service on 11 Jun 47

2994 GD(P)
Wing Commander
Nedyam Bhaskar Menon

2995 GD(P)
Group Captain
Wilbur Desmond McNeill



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2996 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Ashim Kumar Paul Choudhuri

2997 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Andrew Browne Wiseman

2998 F(P)
Air Chief Marshal
Dilbagh Singh



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2999 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Leslie Spencer Edwards



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3000 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Mansur Niaz-Faruki

3001 GD(P)
Air Commodore
Masroor Hosain
Died in Service on 24 May 67

3002 GD(P)
Air Commodore
Fuad Shahid Hussain
Died in Service on 07 Apr 69



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3003 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Inayatullah Jan

3004 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Devendra Shamsher Jang

3005 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Rana Bahadur Singh Karki
Died in Service on 03 Jul 46

3006 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Rashid Khan

3007 GD(P)
Air Commodore
Zafar Mahmud



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3008 GD(P)
Pilot Officer
Hari Krishan Sachdev

3009 F(P)
Air Commodore
Surinder Singh


Photos, Articles and Other Resources for 26 Course

Read more at http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/history/ww2/veterans/1062-balan.html
Captain M Balan's Story of Training with 26 Pilots Course
Read more at http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/history/ww2/veterans/1047-digby01.html
Wg Cdr C H L Digby's Training stories of 26 Pilots Course
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