6 Forward Base Support Unit

Date Raised : 1972-08-07 Disbanded : 1979-01-25 Location : Bhuj
The airstrip was constructed by the US Air Force in 1941-42 during World War-II to serve as a transit base between Karachi and Bombay (now _Mumbai). During that period, Dakota aircraft operated frequently from this base. After World War-II, the USAF handed over the airstrip to the then 'Maharao of Kutch'. A private operator, Mr. Kabali, started air services between Mumbai-Jamnagar-Bhuj and Karachi with Dakota aircrafts. In 1947, the airfield was handed over by the Maharao to the Union of India. A civil terminal building came up in 1948 and civil flights continued operations with British Heron and Avro aircraft. The first IAF establishment came into being as 12 Care & Maintenance Unit (C & MU) in 1968. 12 C & MU was converted to 6 FBSU on 07 Aug 72. On 26 Jan 79, the base was upgraded to a Wing and this marked the birth of 27 Wg, Air Force. One Sqn of MiG-21 Bis aircraft was also relocated from Pune to Bhuj, thus completing the process of making it a frontline fighter base.
Unit previously existed as 12 C&MU

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
07 Aug 72 to 01 Sep 74Wing Commander Naresh Chandar Choudhury4753 F(P)Stn CdrBhuj
01 Sep 74 to 01 Jun 76Wing Commander Yenagudde Sadashiva Hegde4812 F(P)Stn CdrBhuj
01 Jun 76 to 01 Apr 78Wing Commander Kamal Swarup Vohra4915 F(P)Stn CdrBhuj
01 Apr 78 to 25 Jan 79Wing Commander Sharad Narayan Medhekar5062 F(P)Stn CdrBhuj
Unit continued existence as 27 Wing

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