1 Base Repair Depot


Date Raised : 1948-08-09 Location : Kanpur
On 15 August 1947, the historic day of India’s Independence, Wing Commander Ranjan Dutta DFC took over the command of Air Force Station, Kanpur from the Royal Air Force. Simultaneously, on this very day, No. 1 Aircraft Repair Depot for servicing and No. 10 Aircraft Storage Units for storage activities were formed at Chakeri, Kanpur. Group Captain DAR Nanda became the first Commanding Officer of both these Unitss. On 09 August 1948, the two Unitss were merged to form No. 1 Base Repair Depot and Group Captain Harjinder Singh MBE PVSM became the first Commanding Officer of this new Units. Nostalgic moments included induction of India’s first jet aircraft, the Vampire in 1954 and the Depot effecting its first major servicing in that very year. Flying Officer Gian Singh still remains a much-remembered name who used to regularly ferry in the Vampire aircraft for servicing at Hanger No.6 of the Depot. 1 BRD has a professionally rich heritage of servicing both fighter and transport aircraft of IAF like Spitfire, Prentice, Austar, Harvard, Otter, Bell Helicopter, Vampire, Toofani, Mystere, Hunter, Avro and presently An-32 aircraft.
Unit previously existed as 1 ARD

Commanding Officers


09 Aug 48 - 26 Jan 55
Group Captain
Harjinder Singh
1963 ENG
CO
Kanpur

26 Jan 55 - 01 May 55
Wing Commander
Narinjan Parsad Nair
2280 ENG
CO
Kanpur

02 May 55 - 19 Aug 56
Group Captain
Narinjan Parsad Nair
2280 ENG
CO
Kanpur

20 Aug 56 - 19 Apr 59
Group Captain
Dadi Ardeshir Mehta
1625 F(N)
CO
Kanpur

20 Apr 59 - 20 Apr 60
Group Captain
Teja Singh Virk
1621 F(N)
CO
Kanpur

21 Apr 60 - 09 Oct 60
Wing Commander
Ardeshir Pestonji Kapadia
2150 ENG
CO
Kanpur

10 Oct 60 - 01 May 63
Group Captain
Ardeshir Pestonji Kapadia
2150 ENG
CO
Kanpur

26 Aug 63 - 14 Jan 65
Group Captain
Harish Chandra Rai
2589 ENG
CO
Kanpur

15 Jan 65 - 31 Mar 68
Group Captain
Raj Kumar Singh Marya
2916 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

01 Apr 68 - 31 Oct 69
Group Captain
Ramesh Chandra Jain
3546 AE(L)
CO
Kanpur

01 Nov 69 - 20 Nov 70
Group Captain
Chandrakant Shridhar Naik
3499 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

21 Nov 70 - 06 Jan 74
Group Captain
Amrit Dev Datt
3789 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

07 Jan 74 - 03 Jul 74
Group Captain
Gurbax Singh Sachdev
3801 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

15 Jul 74 - 17 Nov 78
Group Captain
Mahendra Singh Rao
3902 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

18 Nov 78 - 10 Mar 81
Group Captain
Lakkamsetti Ramakrishna
4266 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

11 Mar 81 - 02 Jan 83
Group Captain
Mukund Chatterjee
4530 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

03 Jan 83 - 01 Sep 85
Group Captain
Uma Shankar Sharma
5404 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

02 Sep 85 - 31 Aug 87
Group Captain
Arun Kumar Saraswat
6563 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

01 Sep 87 - 28 Aug 88
Group Captain
Kanthappa Sivalingam
7070 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

29 Aug 88 - 19 Nov 91
Group Captain
Rampati Kondaiah
6813 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

20 Nov 91 - 05 Jan 92
Wing Commander
Amya Kumar Chakraborty
11501 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

06 Jan 92 - 01 Aug 93
Group Captain
Amya Kumar Chakraborty
11501 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

02 Aug 93 - 01 Jan 95
Group Captain
Anand Mohan Khanna
8845 AE(L)
CO
Kanpur

02 Jan 95 - 09 Mar 97
Group Captain
Kirti Shekhar Chaturvedi
12100 AE(L)
CO
Kanpur

10 Mar 97 - 01 Jan 99
Group Captain
Rishi Pal Singh
12639 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

02 Jan 99 - 15 Dec 00
Group Captain
Swaminathan Gopalakrishnan
12437 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

16 Dec 00 - 30 Oct 01
Group Captain
Jogesh Chander Bhasin
13073 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

31 Oct 01 - 17 Sep 02
Group Captain
Ram Rattan Bhardwaj
13337 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

28 Oct 02 - 13 Jun 04
Group Captain
Bhajan Lal Thakral
14195 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

14 Jun 04 - 17 Sep 06
Group Captain
Devinder Singh Khajuria
15073 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

18 Sep 06 - 29 Sep 08
Group Captain
Surya Narayana Murti
15945 AE(L)
CO
Kanpur

01 Dec 08 - 30 Nov 10
Group Captain
Rajendra Kumar Yadav
17816 AE(L)
CO
Kanpur

16 May 12 - 09 Jun 14
Group Captain
Anjani Gopal Bandyopadhyay
18501 AE(M)
CO
Kanpur

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