No.101 Squadron Falcons

Motto : Anwishyavedhi (Search and Destroy)
Date Raised : 1949-05-01
101 Squadron of the IAF, popularly known as the 'FALCONS OF CHHAMB' was created as a photo reconnaissance flight at Palam on 1 May 1949. Four Harvards, two Spitfires, eight pilots and fifty five airmen formed the nucleus of the Squadron. In 1957, the Squadron converted to Vampire aircraft and shifted its base to Adampur. The Squadron graduated to supersonic era with SU-7 ac in June 1968. The Squadron shifted to AF Base Sirsa on 10 May 1981. As of early 2002, Squadron 101 appeared to have relocated to Adampur Airbase.

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
01 May 49 to 01 Sep 51Flight Lieutenant John Frederick Shukla2458 GD(P)COPalam
01 Sep 51 to 01 Oct 54Squadron Leader Fredrick Van Allen Scudder2639 F(P)COPalam
01 Oct 54 to 04 Jul 58Squadron Leader Walter Vernon Alexander Lloyd2623 F(P)COTezpur
05 Jul 58 to 28 Feb 60Squadron Leader Adishar Manchershaw Palamkote3120 F(P)CO
Unknown to 01 Oct 62Squadron Leader Edwin Noble Millicans3161 GD(P)COTezpur
01 Oct 62 to 01 Apr 65Squadron Leader Vishwanatha Krishnamurthy4022 F(P)COTezpur
01 Apr 65 to 01 Jun 68Squadron Leader Jayant Vishwanath Gole4578 F(P)COTezpur
01 Jun 68 to 01 Dec 70Wing Commander Pirthi Singh4480 F(P)CO
01 Dec 70 to 01 Dec 73Wing Commander Kailash Chandra Khanna4722 F(P)COAdampur
01 Dec 73 to 01 Oct 75Wing Commander Shashikant Ramchandra Paranjpe4992 F(P)COAdampur
01 Oct 75 to 01 Jul 77Wing Commander Pratap Rao5188 F(P)COAdampur
01 Jul 77 to 01 Dec 79Wing Commander Vishnu Murti Raina5382 F(P)COAdampur
01 Dec 79 to 01 Aug 81Wing Commander Mahendra Vir Singh6769 F(P)CO
01 Aug 81 to 01 Dec 82Wing Commander Yatindra Chauhan8696 F(P)CO
01 Dec 82 to 01 Nov 84Wing Commander Narendra Minocha9513 F(P)CO
01 Nov 84 to 01 Jan 87Wing Commander Jeffrey Reginald McKerrow10469 F(P)CO
01 Jan 87 to 01 Mar 89Wing Commander Manmohan Singh11862 F(P)COSirsa
01 Mar 89 to 01 Mar 91Wing Commander Satish Chandra Mehta12223 F(P)CO
01 May 91 to 01 Jun 93Wing Commander Tej Prakash Srivastava12946 F(P)CO
01 Jun 93 to 01 Apr 95Wing Commander Kughikombil Joseph Mathews13393 F(P)CO
01 May 95 to 01 Jun 95Wing Commander Tarun Kumar Varma14273 F(P)CO
01 Jul 95 to 15 Nov 97Wing Commander Harinder Singh Chahal14280 F(P)CO
16 Nov 97 to 01 Jun 00Wing Commander Diwakar Dattatreya Kulkarni15041 F(P)CO
01 Jun 00 to Wing Commander Om Parkash Jain16381 F(P)CO
01 Jan 11 to 01 Dec 12Wing Commander ----------------99999 COJodhpur
12 Apr 21 to Group Captain ----------------99999 COHashimara

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