1 Tactical Air Support Group


Date Raised : 1955-01-22 Disbanded : 1957-04-01 Location : Jalandhar
1 Air Task Force was established in Aug 51 to operate in conjunction with XI Corps, the first Corps in the Indian Army. It came about as a result of the deficiencies experienced in coordinating air operations with land operations during J & K Ops in 1947-48. The name was subsequently changed to No. 1 Tactical (Air Support) Group in Jan 55 and finally, to No. 1 Tactical Air Centre on 01 Mar 57. It was the first of the units set up for Joint Air/Land Warfare and thus, marked the beginning of Air/Land Warfare organization in India. In fact, a detachment of the unit set up Adv HQ, WAC with Western Command and manned it till it was established in 1959.
Unit previously existed as 1 ATF

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
28 Jan 55 to 01 Mar 55Group Captain Shivdev Singh1595 F(P)COJallandhar
01 May 55 to 28 Feb 57Group Captain Homi Shapurji Ratnagar1588 GD(P)COJallandhar
Unit continued existence as 1 TAC

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