No.8 Squadron Eight Pursoots

Motto : Surakshya Va Akraman (Offense is Defence)
Date Raised : 1942-12-01

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
01 Dec 42 to 26 Mar 44Squadron Leader Niranjan Prasad1586 GD(P)COTrichinopoly/ Phapha
27 Mar 44 to 06 Dec 44Squadron Leader I A SutherlandRAFCOManpur/ Cox Bazaar
07 Dec 44 to 10 Jan 45Flight Lieutenant N DugdaleRAFCOAmarada Road
10 Jan 45 to 04 Jun 45Squadron Leader MW CoombesRAFCOBaigachi
05 Jun 45 to 30 Nov 45Squadron Leader JS HumphreysRAFCOBaigachi/ Mingaladon
30 Nov 45 to 09 Oct 46Squadron Leader Minoo Merwan Engineer1614 F(P)COMingaladon/ Trichino
09 Oct 46 to 10 Nov 46Flight Lieutenant Kashinath Baburao Joshi2427 GD(P)COKolar
18 Dec 46 to 18 Jul 47Squadron Leader Zafar Ahmed Shah1805 GD(P)COKolar/ Pune
19 Jul 47 to 29 Feb 48Squadron Leader Padam Singh Gill1656 F(P)COPune
01 Mar 48 to 15 Dec 48Squadron Leader Manohar Maharudrappa Sakhare1679 GD(P)COPune
16 Dec 48 to 29 May 50Squadron Leader Rustom Sorabji Kalyaniwala1869 GD(P)COPalam
30 May 50 to 28 May 52Squadron Leader Madhav Bhawrao Naik1874 F(P)COPalam
29 May 52 to 31 May 53Squadron Leader Yeshwant Ramachandra Agtey2715 F(P)COPalam
01 Jun 53 to 08 Apr 56Squadron Leader Roshan Lal Suri2459 F(P)COPalam/ Ambala
09 Apr 56 to 16 Jan 57Squadron Leader Potula Venkata Sobhan Ram3084 GD(P)COAmbala/ Kalaikunda
17 Jan 57 to 10 Apr 59Squadron Leader Regionald Louis Sayce3086 GD(P)COKalaikunda
11 Apr 59 to 22 Apr 62Squadron Leader William Macdonald Goodman3571 F(P)COKalaikunda
21 Oct 62 to 22 Nov 64Wing Commander Subhas Ranjan Bose3152 F(P)COPalam/ Adampur
23 Nov 64 to 15 Oct 65Wing Commander Edwin Noble Millicans3161 GD(P)COAdampur
16 Oct 65 to 07 Apr 68Wing Commander Patrick Russell Earle3965 GD(P)COAmbala
08 Apr 68 to 08 Dec 68Wing Commander Sanwal Shah4421 F(P)COAmbala
23 Dec 68 to 10 Jan 71Wing Commander Partha Kumar Dey4404 F(P)COAmbala
11 Jan 71 to 02 Dec 73Wing Commander Amia Kumar Sen4717 F(P)COAmbala/ Pune
03 Dec 73 to 31 May 76Wing Commander Arun Trimbak Thakur4985 F(P)COPune
01 Jun 76 to 14 Nov 76Wing Commander Kodendera Cariappa Cariappa5376 F(P)COPune
15 Nov 76 to 25 Nov 79Wing Commander Ramesh Shridhar Hardas5308 F(P)COPune/ Tezpur
26 Nov 79 to 14 Mar 82Wing Commander Manjit Singh Sekhon6756 F(P)COTezpur
15 Mar 82 to 08 Jul 84Wing Commander Vasudevan Vatsalan Nair7693 F(P)COTezpur
09 Jul 84 to 15 Jun 86Wing Commander Henery Osborne Robey10166 F(P)COTezpur
16 Jun 86 to 12 Jul 87Wing Commander Chandra Nath Ghosh10124 F(P)COTezpur/ Hasimara
12 Sep 87 to 18 Jun 89Wing Commander Christopher Michael James11593 F(P)COHashimara/ Bagdogra
19 Jun 89 to 16 Jun 91Wing Commander Phillip Frank Montes12524 F(P)COBagdogra
17 Jun 91 to 27 Jun 93Wing Commander Ajit Singh13147 F(P)COBagdogra
28 Jun 93 to 10 Jul 95Wing Commander Sapan Kumar Karmaker13379 F(P)COBagdogra
11 Jul 95 to 20 Jul 97Wing Commander Charles James Weir14697 F(P)COBagdogra
21 Jul 97 to 22 Aug 99Wing Commander Arvind Singh Karki15048 F(P)COBagdogra
23 Aug 99 to 13 Jul 00Wing Commander Anil Kumar Murgai16212 F(P)COBagdogra
09 Aug 00 to 06 Oct 02Wing Commander Tejinder Pal Singh16781 F(P)CO
07 Oct 02 to 14 Nov 02Wing Commander Naresh Dogra17839 F(P)CO

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