No.11 Squadron Charging Rhinos

Motto : Vishwambhara Pranadah (Supporters of the Universe)
Date Raised : 1951-11-15
On 15 Nov 51, 11 Squadron was formed at Barrackpore with a complement of 10 Dakota MK III And MK IV aircraft. The `One-horned Rhino' was chosen as the Squadron emblem when the Squadron moved to Jorhat in Feb 1961. The Squadron's motto was chosen as `Vishwambarah Prandah', meaning `Supporters of the Universe'. The Squadron operated Dakota MK III And MK IV aircraft till Apr 79 when HS-748 aircraft were inducted. A mixed fleet of Dakota And HS-748 aircraft remained in the Squadron till the last Dakota was ferried out on 17 Jul 80. An-32 aircraft were later inducted in Jan 96 at Sulur And HS-748 aircraft were fully replaced by Aug 96. On re-establishment at Baroda in Mar 2000, the Squadron has been re-equipped with HS-748 aircraft. G/C Sanal Kumar was 29th CO

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
15 Nov 51 to 20 Aug 52Squadron Leader Phiroz Mehta1715 GD(P)COBarrackpore
21 Aug 52 to 12 Oct 53Wing Commander Shanil Kumar Mukerji1744 GD(P)COBarrackpore
13 Oct 53 to 18 Mar 54Wing Commander Damodar Madhao Oka1813 GD(P)COBarrackpore
19 Mar 54 to 03 Nov 57Wing Commander Solomon Purushottam1928 F(P)COBarrackpore
04 Nov 57 to 23 Jan 61Wing Commander Soli Cursetji Kaikobad2119 GD(P)COBarrackpore
24 Jan 61 to 27 Jul 63Wing Commander Sneha Proban Sen2636 GD(P)COJorhat
28 Jul 63 to 09 Aug 66Wing Commander Harbans Singh Monga3162 F(P)CO
10 Aug 66 to 04 Aug 69Wing Commander Ranjit Kumar Kukar4103 F(P)CO
05 Aug 69 to 30 Jul 72Wing Commander Somendra Kumar Roy4032 F(P)CO
18 Sep 74 to 12 Sep 76Wing Commander Chander Parkash Puri4917 F(P)CO
13 Sep 76 to 13 Feb 77Wing Commander Arnold Louis McDonald5320 F(P)CO
02 May 77 to 24 May 79Wing Commander Ashwini Kumar Bhide5674 F(P)CO
25 May 79 to 07 Jun 79Wing Commander Manohar Lal Sharma5325 F(P)CO
23 Jul 79 to 01 Sep 81Wing Commander Ajay Krishna Avasthi5805 F(P)CO
02 Sep 81 to 08 Jul 83Wing Commander Chitta Ranjan Ghosh6141 F(P)CO
09 Jul 83 to 16 Dec 84Wing Commander Prakash Sadanand Kalalvar8950 F(P)CO
17 Dec 84 to 25 Nov 86Group Captain Vijay Singh Yadava6143 F(P)CO
26 Nov 86 to 24 Jun 88Group Captain Ranjit Kumar Pal8666 F(P)CO
01 Aug 88 to 28 Apr 91Group Captain Ivor Percival Alexander8430 F(P)CO
29 Apr 91 to 28 Jun 92Group Captain Ashok Kumar Gupta8776 F(P)CO
29 Jun 92 to 07 Mar 93Group Captain Chaand Kiran Jolly11384 F(P)CO
08 Mar 93 to 05 Jun 95Group Captain Kottur Kasturi Rangachari Veeraraghava Yasas11311 F(P)CO
06 Jun 95 to 06 Jul 97Group Captain Kulmanbir Singh Hundal12784 F(P)CO
07 Jul 97 to 13 Dec 98Group Captain Manmohan Sud13945 F(P)CO
01 Mar 00 to Group Captain Kumar Krishnachandrasinghji Gohil14688 F(P)COVadodara
20 Sep 04 to 06 Apr 07Group Captain Vishwanathan Raghavan16393 F(P)COVadodara
20 Sep 04 to 06 Apr 07Group Captain Pirangattethu Sivarama Sanal Kumar17170 F(P)COVadodara
01 Dec 09 to 30 Nov 11Group Captain Arun Bhaskar Gupta18121 F(P)COVadodara

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