No 1 Operational Group


Date Raised : 1947-11-19 Disbanded : 1980-07-22 Location : Jodhpur
The No.1 Op Group (also referred to as Opl and Operational) nomenclature was used between 1947 to 1980 on four occasions for three different commands. At the time of independence, there was the No 1 Operational Group which controlled all the flying units including the flying training units. On 22nd July 1949 the No 1 Operational Group was redesignated as the Operational Command which later on became Western Air Command (WAC). The reorganisation of IAF led to the formation of No 1 Operational Group again at Calcutta on 27 May 1958. This group was responsible for the operations of the IAF in the eastern as well as the central sector of the country. The No 1 Operational Group was upgraded to Eastern Air Command on 1 Dec 1959 at Calcutta. In the wake of the Chinese threat No 1 Operational Group was re-established at Tezpur on 8 Oct 1962 giving it control of assets in the NEFA. In June 1963, this Opl group moved to Shillong and got redesignated as the new Eastern Air Command (The command in Calcutta being renamed as CAC). Subsequently, No 1 Op Group was re-established at Jodhpur on 21 Sep 1972, it was rechristened as the South Western Air Command on 23 Jul 1980

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
12 Dec 62 to 09 Jun 63Air Vice Marshal Ramaswami Rajaram1573 GD(P)AOCTezpur
27 May 58 to 06 Dec 59Air Commodore Shivdev Singh1595 F(P)AOC Calcutta
01 Nov 72 to 26 Jun 74Air Vice Marshal Devaiah Subia1866 F(P)AOC Jodhpur
27 Jun 74 to 28 Feb 76Air Marshal Edul Jahangir Dhatigara1899 F(P)AOC Jodhpur
01 Mar 76 to 13 Sep 76Air Marshal Randhir Singh2135 F(P)AOC Jodhpur
14 Sep 76 to 28 Aug 78Air Vice Marshal Dilbagh Singh2998 F(P)AOC Jodhpur
29 Aug 78 to 15 Apr 80Air Vice Marshal Jagdish Raj Bhasin3591 F(P)AOC-in-CJodhpur
16 Apr 80 to 22 Jul 80Air Marshal Jagdish Raj Bhasin3591 F(P)AOC-in-CJodhpur
22 Dec 47 to 27 Sep 48Air Commodore Mehar Singh1559 GD(P)AOCDelhi
28 Sep 48 to 21 Jul 49Air Commodore Aspy Merwan Engineer1554 GD(P)AOCDelhi

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