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8 Course

Start Date : 14 Apr 41 End Date : 14 Sep 41

8 Pilot Course - Officer candets reports to ITS Lahore on 14 April 1941 for ground training and completed the same on 24 May 1941. Thereafter they were split for elementary flying to No.1 EFTS (Secunderabad) and No.2 EFTS (Jodhpur) flying the Tiger Moths from 24 May 1941 to 3 sep 1941. After EFTS, the group joined SFTS Ambala (Flying Harts and Audax) on 4 Sep 1941 and was commissioned on that day. The course completed SFTS intermediate and Advanced stage flying on 14 Feb 1942 and recieved wings on that day.

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1699 GD(P)
Pilot Officer
Behman Rattanshah Sanjana
Died in Service on 02 Mar 43

1700 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Mustafa Anwar

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1701 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Puthenvettil Ipe George
Died in Service on 08 Jun 43

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Pilot Officer
Susil Chandra Ghose

1702 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Bhikhaji Shapurji Dastur
Died in Service on 26 Dec 43

1703 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Theodore Alex Manuel Andrade
Died in Service on 08 May 44

1704 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Dodla Ranga Reddy
Died in Service on 08 Feb 44

1705 GD(P)
Group Captain
Himmat Singh Ravubha Gohel

1706 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Air Vice Marshal
Syed Abbas Hussain

1707 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Air Marshal
Anand Ramdas Pandit

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1708 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Madimsetty Suria Ranganatha Rao

1709 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Joseph Jacob Ezekiel

1710 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Homi Burjorji Dorabji

1711 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Prithap Lall Singh
Died in Service on 14 Apr 44

1712 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Sundar Lal Atal

No Image Available

1713 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Russi Irani

1714 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Niranjan Guha Roy

Pilot Officer
Shanker Chakravorty
Died in Service on 20 Mar 42

1715 GD(P)
Wing Commander
Phiroz Mehta

1716 GD(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Balamore Navaneetham Surendra

1717 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Noel Ruxton Clarke Murcott
Died in Service on 04 Apr 44

1718 GD(P)
Squadron Leader
K Velayadhun Nair

Pilot Officer
Ranbir Singh

Pilot Officer
Dharamraj Aheer Goordeen
Died in Service on 21 Apr 42

1719 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Yeshwant Rao Mukne

Pilot Officer
Zal Behram Sanjana
Died in Service on 30 Jul 42

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Pilot Officer
Gerald Ernest Sequeira
Died in Service on 25 Jul 42

Acting Pilot Officer
Ghulam Nabi Khan
Died in Service on 13 Nov 41

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8th Course at ITS Cadets from the 8th Pilots Course on their passing out from the Initial Training School at Walton in Lahore in May 1941. Identified in the photo are the following: B R Sanjana (Standing 1st from Left, Last Row) Dodla Ranga Reddy (Standing 6th from Left, Last Standing Row) Himmat Singh Rahuba Gohel (2nd from Right, Middle Standing Row) A R Pandit (6th from Right, Middle Standing Row) Ghulam Nabi Khan (Standing 2nd from Right, 1st Standing Row) The photograph comes from the collection of Mr. Shahriyar Khan of Pakistan, whose uncle Ghulam Nabi Khan was killed in a night time flying accident in Ambala in December 1941.
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