No.18 Squadron Flying Bullets

Motto : Theevra Aur Nirbhay (Swift and Fearless)
Date Raised : 1965-04-15 Location : Sulur (Coimbatore)
The `Flying Bullets' or 18 Sqn AF was formed on 15 April 1965 at Ambala with five Gnat aircraft and eleven pilots. The squadron operated at Ambala till Aug 71 after which it moved to Srinagar and remained there till the end of hostilities of the 1971Indo-Pak War. In Jan 72 it moved back to Ambala and there after moved to Srinagar once again in Feb 75 where it converted to Ajeets. The squadron remained at Srinagar till Jan 85 and then moved to Sulur and then to Bagdogra in Feb 88 after which it moved to Hindan in May 89 to convert to its present aircraft the MiG-27 ML. The squadron moved out of Hindan to Kalaikunda in Apr 96.It moved to hashimara in 2013 and was numberplated in 2016. In 2020 it has been re-raised on the LCA Tejas

Commanding Officers

View in Grid

DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
15 Apr 65 to 29 Dec 66Wing Commander Aubrey Leslie Michael3416 F(P)COAmbala
02 Jan 67 to 06 Dec 70Wing Commander Denzil Edward Satur4339 F(P)COAmbala
07 Dec 70 to 21 Jun 71Wing Commander Dwijendra Lal Dhar4678 GD(P)COAmbala
16 Aug 71 to 22 Feb 72Wing Commander Parmarthi Raina4650 F(P)COAmbala/ Srinagar
03 Mar 72 to 02 Jul 74Wing Commander Mohan Vasudeo Kashikar4801 F(P)COAmbala
03 Jul 74 to 22 Jun 75Wing Commander Trevor Joseph Keelor4818 F(P)COAmbala/ Srinagar
23 Jun 75 to 06 Jun 77Wing Commander Herbert Moel David5179 F(P)COSrinagar
07 Jun 77 to 02 Feb 81Wing Commander Kamal Khanna5795 F(P)COSrinagar
02 Feb 81 to 20 Jun 83Wing Commander Eapen Mathulla8365 F(P)COSrinagar
21 Jun 83 to 06 May 85Wing Commander Sunil Kumar Malik9002 F(P)COSrinagar
06 May 85 to 05 Jun 87Wing Commander Chidambaram Sarangapani Chandrasekaran8768 F(P)COSrinagar/ Sulur
06 Jun 87 to 09 Apr 89Wing Commander Ranjit Singh Tathgur11877 F(P)COSulur/ Bagdogra
10 Apr 89 to 12 May 91Wing Commander Birendra Singh Yadav12373 F(P)COHindon
13 May 91 to 23 May 93Wing Commander Sanjay Kumar Jayaswal13134 F(P)COHindon
24 May 93 to 19 Feb 95Wing Commander Anil Gupta13242 F(P)COHindon
25 Feb 95 to 23 Feb 97Wing Commander Pradeep Singh14086 F(P)COHindon/ Kalaikunda
24 Feb 97 to 22 Nov 98Wing Commander Anil Chaudhary14564 F(P)COKalaikunda
23 Nov 98 to 22 Oct 00Wing Commander Ashminder Singh Bahal16208 F(P)COKalaikunda
Unknown to Wing Commander Thazhathupulikunnel Devasia Joseph16964 F(P)COKalaikunda

Note: All the data available here is publicly available in the Gazette of India, published by the Indian Government, or from public domain sources, press releases about Awards and Right-To-Information (RTI) Requests. Additionally data shared by veterans is added to the page with permission. No data with respect to serving officers below the rank of AVM is displayed. Information in Gazette of India and Award citations and photographs as released by the Indian Air Force are the only details displayed.