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96 Course

Start Date : 22 Jun 64 End Date : 29 Oct 66

96 Pilot Course - The course training was broken up into five states pre- commissioning - AFAC, EFTUs, PTE, AFFC and finally applied stage at various conversion units. Direct entry cadets selected for the 96 PC joined AFAC Coimbatore on 22 June 1964 and completed ground training on 24 October 1964.

Thereafter they were sent to various Elementary Flying Training Units (EFTUs) between 6 Dec 1964 and 1 March 1965. They were expected to do 25 hours of flying including about five hours solo. Tambaram and Nagpur had L-5s, Kanpur, Delhi and Patiala had Pushpak.

The Course was then sent to Pilot Training Establishment (PTE) Bamrauli for Basic stage flying between 28 March 1965 and October 1965 on the HT2. 27 NDA Course joined up at this stage. While the direct entry cadets did again 25 hours of flying, the NDA entry cadets did 50 hours.

The Course was then sent to AFFC Jodhpur for the intermediate stage flying on the Texan T6G/Harvard aircraft between October 1965 and 11 March 1966. Each Flight cadet was given between 75-80 hours of flying hours with about half of it being solo.

For the applied stage, the course was split into four groups on 24 March 1966. Roughly 60 cadets each were sent to FTW Hakimpet on Vampires for Fighter stream, No1. TTW at Begumpet and No. 2 TTW at Yelahanka on DC3 Dakota for Transport stream and 12 cadets were sent to LSTU Bamrauli on Bell G3 for helicopter stream. On completion of these stages successfully on 29 October 1966 they received commission and Wings. This was the largest course in IAF till date with 191 commissioned pilots.

SK Singh (10421) got the presidents Plaque for Best all-round officer of the course. He also got the CAS Medal for the best all-around officer of the Transport Wing and Das Gupta trophy for best in Transport Flying. VK Awasthi (10422) got CAS Medal for Best all-round officer of Jet Wing and JV D'silva (10447) got CAS Medal for Best all-round officer of Helicopter course. SS Grewal (10434) got Majumdar Trophy for best Jet Pilot.

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10421 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Shailendra Kumar Singh
Died in Service on 07 Aug 73



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10422 F(P)
Squadron Leader
Vinod Kumar Awasthi
Died in Service on 19 Dec 80



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10423 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Jitendra Kumar Singh

10424 F(P)
Squadron Leader
Madhusudan Sadashiv Sohoni



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10425 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Harjit Singh Chowhan
Died in Service on 20 Sep 68

10426 F(P)
Wing Commander
Chandra Prakash Naidu



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10427 F(P)
Wing Commander
Kailash Chander Chadda

10428 F(P)
Group Captain
Ramesh Chandra Sharma

10429 F(P)
Group Captain
Sarabjit Singh



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10430 F(P)
Wing Commander
Subhas Chander Narula

10431 F(P)
Wing Commander
Arun Kumar Isser

10432 ADM
Wing Commander
Velayudhan Gopa Kumar

10433 F(P)
Wing Commander
Shashikant Anandnath Koppikar



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10434 F(P)
Wing Commander
Sukhcharan Singh Grewal



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10435 F(P)
Squadron Leader
Pramendra Kumar Banga



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10436 F(P)
Wing Commander
Vinod Kenneth Edwin

10437 F(P)
Group Captain
Kamal Kumar Jotwani

10438 F(P)
Wing Commander
Amarjit Singh Oberai



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10439 F(P)
Squadron Leader
Raghbir Singh Sandhu

10440 F(P)
Air Marshal
Ajit Bhavnani



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10441 F(P)
Wing Commander
Leslie Raymond Springett



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10442 F(P)
Flying Officer
Mohit Lokumal Sadarangani

10443 F(P)
Air Vice Marshal
Allandur Sulochanan Gurunathan



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10444 F(P)
Wing Commander
Krishnan Sundarajan



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10445 F(P)
Wing Commander
Virender Pal Singh Sidhu



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10446 F(P)
Wing Commander
Yogesh Sachdev

10447 F(P)
Wing Commander
John Vincent D'Silva



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10448 F(P)
Wing Commander
Brij Dev Madhok



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10449 GD(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Harish Chander Jain

10450 F(P)
Wing Commander
Michael Alexander Wilson

10451 F(P)
Wing Commander
Jois Nagaraj

10452 F(P)
Wing Commander
Gurcharan Singh Madan



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10453 F(P)
Wing Commander
Freddy Kujur

10454 F(P)
Wing Commander
Thomas Mathews
Died in Service on 04 Feb 87

10455 F(P)
Wing Commander
Siddappa Puttanna

10456 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Pradip Vinayak Apte
Died in Service on 04 Dec 71



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10457 F(P)
Wing Commander
Ralph Anthony Rodrigues



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10458 F(P)
Wing Commander
Ratnesh Chandra Srivastava



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10459 F(P)
Squadron Leader
Krishnamoorthi Vaidyanathan

10460 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Atma Singh Grewal
Died in Service on 04 Dec 72



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10461 F(P)
Squadron Leader
Nand Lal Verma

10462 F(P)
Wing Commander
Vishwanathan Natarajan



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10463 F(P)
Group Captain
Prabir Kumar Dutta

10464 F(P)
Air Vice Marshal
Ravindra Dattatreya Limaye



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10465 F(P)
Flying Officer
Avinash Shankar Dandekar



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10466 F(P)
Wing Commander
Pritam Ganguli



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10467 F(P)
Wing Commander
Vivek Kumar Gupta

10468 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Subramaniamudaliar Muthukumaraswamy
Died in Service on 27 Jan 76

10469 F(P)
Group Captain
Jeffrey Reginald McKerrow

10470 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Subhaa Chandra Borpatra Gohain
Died in Service on 25 Feb 71



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10471 F(P)
Wing Commander
Nadan Mukund Rao



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10472 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Jagdish Chander Maedh
Died in Service on 14 May 70



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10473 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Venkatachalam Dhanushkodi
Died in Service on 08 Aug 73

10474 F(P)
Squadron Leader
Pradeep Kumar Tayal



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10475 ADM
Wing Commander
Rajendra Kumar Nageshwar Rao Ithape

10476 F(P)
Wing Commander
Noshir Soli Mistry

10477 F(P)
Wing Commander
Edulker Balachand

10478 F(P)
Wing Commander
Manohar Sharma



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10479 GD(P)
Pilot Officer
Cadambe Narasimhachar Ranganathan
Died in Service on 07 Jun 67

10480 F(P)
Wing Commander
Alok Kaushal



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10481 F(P)
Wing Commander
Amarjeet Singh Chawla

10482 F(P)
Group Captain
Kenneth Charles Tremenheere

10483 F(P)
Group Captain
Shashi Mohan Puri



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10484 F(P)
Wing Commander
Ramaswami Srinivasan



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10485 F(P)
Wing Commander
Sushil Kumar Gupta

10486 F(P)
Wing Commander
Kollamparambil Narayanan Unnikrishnan



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10487 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Virender Singh Randhawa
Died in Service on 11 May 68

10488 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Parminder Jit Singh Sidhu



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10489 F(P)
Wing Commander
Anand Sarup Bhardwaj



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10490 F(P)
Wing Commander
Joe Grant Lalmingliana



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10491 F(P)
Wing Commander
Abraham Koshy

10492 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Ashok Avadhutrao Rajshirke



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10493 F(P)
Group Captain
Om Parkash Vashist



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10494 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Simran Singh Shyam Kohli
Died in Service on 05 May 67



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10495 F(P)
Group Captain
Ravindra Singh Malhari



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10496 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Harkant Singh Chonker

10497 F(P)
Wing Commander
Anil Kumar Sharma



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10498 F(P)
Wing Commander
Pushpinder Singh Manak



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10499 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Swamirathnam Balasubramanian



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10500 F(P)
Wing Commander
Harbir Singh Sidhu



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10501 F(P)
Wing Commander
Sudhir Bhaskar Nadkarni



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10502 ADM
Wing Commander
Surinder Mohan Sharma

10503 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Joaquim D'Souza
Died in Service on 17 Dec 71

10504 F(P)
Wing Commander
Vidyadhar Shankarrao Chati



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10505 F(P)
Wing Commander
Prabh Dial Singh Ahluwalia



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10506 F(P)
Wing Commander
Manjit Singh Sandhu



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10507 F(P)
Squadron Leader
Vaikundanathan Rajarama

10508 F(P)
Air Vice Marshal
Kalathil Payan Sreekanth

10509 F(P)
Squadron Leader
Ramaswamy Ramachandran



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10510 F(P)
Wing Commander
Desmond Desiderio Fialho



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10511 F(P)
Wing Commander
Eknath Parsharam Gaikwad

10512 F(P)
Wing Commander
Anand Jaivanth Rao



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10513 F(P)
Wing Commander
Ganapathy Radha Krishna Murthi

10514 F(P)
Wing Commander
Gurmohinder Singh Bajwa



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10515 F(P)
Wing Commander
Chander Narain Shukla

10516 F(P)
Group Captain
Donald Lazarus



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10517 F(P)
Squadron Leader
Arvind Chopra



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10518 F(P)
Group Captain
Bhupinder Singh Marwa

10519 F(P)
Wing Commander
Ashok Vishwas Waghmare

10520 F(P)
Wing Commander
Inder Kumar Bali



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10521 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Sudesh Pal



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10522 F(P)
Wing Commander
Girish Prabhakar Joshi

10523 F(P)
Group Captain
Devinder Kumar Sandhir

10524 F(P)
Group Captain
Jai Kishen Kaushik

10525 F(P)
Air Marshal
Sharad Yeshwant Savur

10526 F(P)
Air Commodore
Mahinder Dev Khanna



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10527 F(P)
Wing Commander
Surinder Kumar Midha

10528 GD(P)
Squadron Leader
Rajeshwar Prasad

10529 F(P)
Wing Commander
Deverla Nagabushanam Ganan Prakash Rao



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10530 F(P)
Wing Commander
Jitendra Sharma

10531 F(P)
Wing Commander
Satwant Singh Ahluwalia



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10532 F(P)
Wing Commander
Alagalore Venkataraman Kumar



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10533 F(P)
Wing Commander
Khaire Gurung



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10534 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Gurdip Kapoor
Died in Service on 18 Apr 70



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10535 ADM
Squadron Leader
Vijay Noel James



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10536 F(P)
Wing Commander
Sudesh Chader Sahni



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10537 F(P)
Wing Commander
Sankara Pillai Kaliyal Janardanan Nair



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10538 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Mohan Gopal Varkhedkar

10539 F(P)
Wing Commander
Sunith Francis Soares



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10540 F(P)
Wing Commander
Ranjeet Shankarrao Powar

10541 F(P)
Group Captain
Anil Sadashiv Patwardhan

10542 F(P)
Wing Commander
Naveen Chandra Trigunayat



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10543 ADM
Wing Commander
Subhas Vyankatrao Lagad



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10544 F(P)
Wing Commander
Surender Kumar Chopra



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10545 F(P)
Wing Commander
Kamal Bahadur Shahi

10546 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Deshpal Singh
Died in Service on 11 Oct 76



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10547 F(P)
Wing Commander
Harbans Singh Bhullar



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10548 F(P)
Wing Commander
Krishan Avtar Puri

10549 F(P)
Wing Commander
Dipak Kumar Bhattacharya



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10550 F(P)
Wing Commander
Ashok Hanmantrao Patil



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10551 F(P)
Wing Commander
Ravinder Mohan Kapur



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10552 F(P)
Squadron Leader
Chaitan Ramanand Kodigal

10553 F(P)
Wing Commander
Pottery Cheruvary Sidharth

10554 F(P)
Wing Commander
Neil Kamalkar Bhuleshkar

10555 F(P)
Wing Commander
Sukhdev Singh Tiwana



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10556 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Manjeet Singh Bhatia



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10557 F(P)
Wing Commander
Ronald Dunne



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10558 ADM
Squadron Leader
Ram Krishna Vyas



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10559 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Sudheer Trimbakrao Pawar
Died in Service on 24 Oct 70

10560 F(P)
Wing Commander
Akoijam Debendra Singh



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10561 F(P)
Wing Commander
Chekuri Mohan Rao
Died in Service on 26 Feb 89

10562 F(P)
Wing Commander
Yoginder Paul Kapur



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10563 ADM
Wing Commander
Peethambararao Kavindranath Pawar



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10564 F(P)
Wing Commander
Shiv Kumar Sharma



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10565 F(P)
Wing Commander
Siddeshwar Malleshappa Bellary



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10566 F(P)
Wing Commander
Dhanwant Singh Mangat

10567 F(P)
Wing Commander
Virender Soni



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10568 F(P)
Group Captain
Kochukrishna Pillai Madhavan Nair



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10569 F(P)
Wing Commander
Narinder Jit Singh Butalia

10570 F(P)
Group Captain
Anil Govindrao Bendre



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10571 GD(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Brindra Duggal



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10572 F(P)
Wing Commander
Kirti Kumar Chopra



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10573 F(P)
Wing Commander
Amarbir Singh Jandu

10574 F(P)
Squadron Leader
Noel Thomas Lobo

10575 F(P)
Flying Officer
Kotteiezath Puthiyavettil Muralidharan
Died in Service on 04 Dec 71

10576 F(P)
Flying Officer
Kishan Lakhimal Malkani
Died in Service on 05 Dec 71



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10577 GD(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Minoo Burjorji Billimoria
Died in Service on



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10578 F(P)
Wing Commander
Orel Mark Pais

10579 F(P)
Squadron Leader
Dinesh Prabhakar Gadkari

10580 F(P)
Wing Commander
Kiran Kumar Vohra

10581 ADM
Squadron Leader
Darwin Vincent Pepper

10582 F(P)
Wing Commander
Sudhir Christopher Chatterjee



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10583 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Gurcharan Singh Sohal



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10584 F(P)
Wing Commander
Vijay Bholanath Hoon



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10585 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Dharam Vir Seemar



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10586 F(P)
Squadron Leader
George Judah

10587 F(P)
Wing Commander
Sudershan Kumar Goel



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10588 F(P)
Squadron Leader
Ranbir Singh



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10589 F(P)
Flying Officer
Dinshaw Feroze Nanavati
Died in Service on 01 Sep 71

10590 F(P)
Wing Commander
Perminder Singh Pannu



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10591 F(P)
Squadron Leader
Vikram Dinesh

10592 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Winston Errol Evans

10593 F(P)
Wing Commander
Thakur Ramanuj Singh

10594 F(P)
Wing Commander
Shashishekhar Shantesh Patil

10595 F(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Ramesh Kaul

10596 F(P)
Wing Commander
Kumar Kanti Som



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10597 ADM
Wing Commander
Kuppusamy Sundararajan



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10598 ADM
Wing Commander
Prithpal Singh Kher

10599 F(P)
Wing Commander
Dilip Mukherjee



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10600 F(P)
Wing Commander
Har Kanwal Singh Bakshi

10601 F(P)
Group Captain
Rajinder Pal Singh



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10602 F(P)
Squadron Leader
Man Mohan Varma
Died in Service on 23 Aug 80

10603 F(P)
Wing Commander
Madhavakrishna Karan Naidu



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10604 F(P)
Wing Commander
Balchandra Chengapa Karambaya



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10605 F(P)
Wing Commander
Adi Shankar Panda



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10606 F(P)
Wing Commander
Dipak Kumar Ghosh Roy



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10607 F(P)
Wing Commander
Ramesh Kumar Pathak



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10608 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Gurharnarinder Singh Roddey



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10609 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Gauri Shankar Singh
Died in Service on 09 Dec 67



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10610 LGS
Wing Commander
Devendra Kumar Mathur

10611 F(P)
Wing Commander
Terence Chowfin


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