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44 Course

End Date : 17 May 48

44 Pilot Course - Reported to ITW Poona (Date unknown) and completed initial ground training on (Date unknown). Subsequently they went to 2 EFTS (Jodhpur) from 28 Oct 46 to 26 Apr 47 for basic flying. Reported to AFS (I) Ambala for advanced flying on 5 May 1947 and completed training on 17 May 1948 and awarded Commission on that date. Dates of Operational Conversion Training unknown. Sword of Honour for best all-round pupil - VN Bhargava (3477). Patiala Trophy for best service pilot - VN Bharva (3477). Nabha Trophy for best in ground subjects - JM Lowe (3478). Apart from 11 Officer cadets of 44 Course, 4 Acting Pilot officers also completed Advanced flying at AFS(I) with the 44 Course and were given wings - JP Latta (3330), PW O'Shoughnessy (3402), LE Preston (3417) and D Menezes (3415). VN Bharagava and LE Preston were also given PC whereas rest of the officers were given SSC.

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3477 GD(P)
Pilot Officer
Vijendra Nath Bhargava
Died in Service on 01 Jul 48



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3478 GD(P)
Squadron Leader
Jagat Mohan Lowe
Died in Service on 19 Jun 62

3479 GD(P)
Wing Commander
Paul Cecil Roby



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3480 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Madan Lal Jhingan
Died in Service on 29 Dec 49

3481 GD(P)
Wing Commander
Mirgind Singh Grewal
Died in Service on 05 Apr 65



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3482 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Lester Bruce Downes



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3483 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Neville Wyse Harrison
Died in Service on 16 Nov 49

3484 F(P)
Air Commodore
Sudhindra Kumar Majumdar



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3485 GD(P)
Pilot Officer
Terence Roy Frantz
Died in Service on 09 Dec 48



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3486 GD(P)
Pilot Officer
Chandra Kant Mankar
Died in Service on 29 Oct 49

3487 F(P)
Air Commodore
Evans Lionel Birch


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