14 Forward Base Support Unit


Date Raised : 1981-01-01 Location : Purnea
Post the 1962 war, the base was established as a launching base for the siliguri corridor. Once the airfield was constructed in 1963, 5 C&MU was setup under Flt Lt GS Sachdeva. The base remained as 5 C&MU till 1974. In the Indo-Pak conflict of 1971, the airfield was used for secondary diversion during the operations. On 15 July 1973, 257 SU under the command of Wg Cdr SG Manrekar moved in and remained at Purnea till 3 May 1975. Post that a small detachment of 20 Wing looked after the base till end of 1980.14 FBSU was formed on 1 Jan 1981 and was serviced by 20 Wing untill full time personnel were based on the base by June 1981. During the early 1980s some fighter flying was carried out by Gnat / Ajeet aircraft. In 1988 the Station saw active flying of Ajeet MKI, Hunters and Type 77. Once again in October 2003, 2 Sqn with MiG-27s moved to this Base due to resurfacing at Kalaikunda and operated as a full fledged Squadron detachment till February 2005. First night flying was carried out by An-32 on 19 Aug 1987.Subsequently, IL-76 and B-737 have also operated at night.

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
05 Apr 81 to 10 Aug 82Wing Commander Suneelkumar Sudamrao Bhonsle7400 F(P)Stn CdrPurnea
11 Aug 82 to 16 Sep 84Wing Commander Narayan Seshadri8690 F(P)Stn CdrPurnea
17 Sep 84 to 03 Nov 85Wing Commander H K Singh VrCStn CdrPurnea
04 Nov 85 to 20 Mar 88Wing Commander Atul Kumar8772 F(P)Stn CdrPurnea
21 Mar 88 to 26 Jul 92Wing Commander Ashok Kumar Sinha11597 F(P)Stn CdrPurnea
27 Jul 92 to 31 May 95Wing Commander Subir Mitra10953 F(P)Stn CdrPurnea
01 Jul 95 to 29 May 98Wing Commander Narendra Pawar12548 F(P)Stn CdrPurnea
30 May 98 to 18 Jun 00Wing Commander V B S ManiStn CdrPurnea
19 Jun 00 to 09 Sep 02Wing Commander Anil Goyal17337 F(P)Stn CdrPurnea
10 Sep 02 to 30 Sep 03Wing Commander Attelli Baswaralah Narsingh Rao16638 F(P)Stn CdrPurnea
01 Oct 03 to 16 Mar 05Wing Commander Praveen Vij17321 F(P)Stn CdrPurnea
17 Mar 05 to 05 Aug 07Wing Commander ----------------99999 Stn CdrPurnea
06 Aug 07 to 02 Aug 09Wing Commander Arjun Sen19155 F(P)Stn CdrPurnea
03 Aug 09 to 31 Jul 11Wing Commander Ranjit R Varma20492 F(P)Stn CdrPurnea
01 Aug 11 to 14 Jul 13Wing Commander ----------------99999 Stn CdrPurnea
15 Jul 13 to 25 Oct 15Wing Commander ----------------99999 Stn CdrPurnea
26 Oct 15 to 29 Oct 17Wing Commander ----------------99999 Stn CdrPurnea
30 Oct 17 to 23 Mar 20Group Captain ----------------99999 Stn CdrPurnea
23 Mar 20 to Group Captain ----------------99999 Stn CdrPurnea

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