2 Wing


Date Raised : 1947-05-21 Location : Lohegaon (Pune)
IAF base Pune goes back to the Second World War when the defence of Bombay city and protection of other areas adjoining the city became very vital. The Air Force base was established at Lohegaon to meet these objectives in 1939 as an RIAF base and since then it has been one of the premier air bases in the country. An RIAF Squadron with Mosquito, Willington and Spitfire aircraft moved to this air base in 1939. Gp Capt R Hamildon, DFC was the last British Station Commander of this base. The first Indian Commanding Officer, Wg Cdr HS Ratnagar took over the base on 21 May 47. This base is one of the few bases from where the most variety of aircraft took to the skies and were inducted into the Indian Air Force. Several newly inducted aircraft have taken to the skies from this base. This base inducted the Tempest (3 Sqn, 1947), B-24 Liberator (6 Sqn, 1950s),Vampire(23 Sqn, 1950), Canberra (16 and 35 Sqn, 1957), Super Constellation(6 Sqn, 1960s, Hunter(17 Sqn, 1960s), the first indigenous combat aircraft Marut (220 Sqn, 1969) and MiG-21 Bis (28 Sqn, 1963). In recent history, the base was chosen for the induction of the maritime strike Jaguar aircraft (6 Sqn, 1986). MiG-29 (47 Sqn, 1987), Su-30 K (24 Sqn, 1997) and the Su-30 MKI (20 Sqn, 2002) aircraft Practically. all the aircraft. on the inventory of Indian Air Force since Independence have taken to the skies from Pune at sometime or the other. During 1965 and 1971 conflicts with Pakistan this base was utilised as a staging base for fighter and bomber operations.

Commanding Officers


21 May 47 - 30 Sep 48
Wing Commander
Homi Shapurji Ratnagar
1588 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Lohegaon (Pune)

10 Oct 48 - 15 Nov 49
Wing Commander
Jagdish Chandra Varma
1646 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Lohegaon (Pune)

16 Nov 49 - 01 Apr 52
Group Captain
Ramchander Atmaram
1583 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Lohegaon (Pune)

19 May 52 - 22 Oct 54
Group Captain
Victor Srihari
1624 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Lohegaon (Pune)

23 Oct 54 - 27 Apr 59
Group Captain
Minoo Merwan Engineer
1614 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Lohegaon (Pune)

28 Apr 59 - 06 May 60
Group Captain
Hari Chand Dewan
1598 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Lohegaon (Pune)

01 Jun 60 - 10 Dec 62
Group Captain
Sarosh Jehangir Dastur
1792 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Lohegaon (Pune)

11 Dec 62 - 31 Jul 64
Group Captain
Surinder Singh Achreja
1987 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Lohegaon (Pune)

01 Aug 64 - 26 Dec 66
Group Captain
Rointon Merwan Engineer
2120 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Lohegaon (Pune)

10 Jan 67 - 07 Apr 68
Group Captain
Surinder Singh
3009 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Lohegaon (Pune)

08 Apr 68 - 01 Aug 70
Air Commodore
Idris Hasan Latif
1804 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

16 Aug 70 - 25 Jan 73
Air Commodore
Dilbagh Singh
2998 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

26 Jan 73 - 31 May 75
Air Commodore
Saroj Jena
3157 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

01 Apr 75 - 25 Feb 76
Air Commodore
Krishna Mohan Ram
3101 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

26 Feb 76 - 01 Jan 79
Air Commodore
Santosh Kumar Jain
3575 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

01 Jan 79 - 25 Feb 82
Air Commodore
Nirmal Chandra Suri
4236 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

20 Feb 82 - 31 Dec 84
Air Commodore
Edwin Godfrey Salins
4796 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

01 Jan 85 - 24 Sep 86
Air Commodore
Kalpathy Annanthakrishna Hariharan
5185 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

25 Sep 86 - 23 Mar 88
Air Commodore
Janak Pratap Singh
5672 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

25 Mar 88 - 03 Jan 90
Air Commodore
Iqbal Singh Bindra
6360 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

04 Jan 90 - 29 Dec 91
Air Commodore
Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy
6338 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

30 Dec 91 - 01 Apr 93
Air Commodore
Suresh Kumar Sonpar
6126 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

01 May 93 - 09 May 95
Air Commodore
Amlendra Nath Sen
8395 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

09 May 95 - 21 Jan 97
Air Commodore
Chittatoor Doraiswami Chandrasekhar
8426 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

28 Jan 97 - 31 May 99
Air Commodore
Harish Masand
11272 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

31 May 99 - 03 Jan 01
Air Commodore
Ajit Vishwanath Vaidya
11848 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

04 Jan 01 - 09 Jan 03
Air Commodore
Norman Anil Kumar Browne
13129 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

10 Jan 03 - 10 Oct 04
Air Commodore
Bidanda Chengapa Nanjappa
13246 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

11 Oct 04 - 10 Dec 06
Air Commodore
Madhusudhan Banerjee
13400 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

11 Dec 06 - 28 Mar 08
Air Commodore
Pradeep Singh
14086 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

29 Mar 08 - 14 Feb 10
Air Commodore
Karath Padmadass Nair
15195 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

15 Feb 10 - 29 Jul 11
Air Commodore
Shreesh Mohan
16966 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

30 Jul 11 - 30 Mar 13
Air Commodore
Vivek Ram Chaudhari
16978 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

08 Apr 13 - 25 Dec 14
Air Commodore
Surat Singh
18563 F(P)
AOC
Lohegaon (Pune)

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