20 Wing


Date Raised : 1962-11-29 Location : Bagdogra
Air Force Station Bagdogra, near Siliguri in West Bengal was formed on 29 November 1962, in the wake of the Sino-Indian border conflict. Like Air Force Station Guwahati, this Station was set up to exercise command and control over Fighter Sqns, Helicopter and Transport Units. The role of the Station changed in April 1970 when it started exercising administrative control on two Fighter Sqns, one Helicopter Unit and two Air Observation Posts. A Survival security support Flight was moved to this Air Base in December 1982. The EAC Communication Flight was merged with this Flight in September 1997. This Flight was tasked to undertake Search and Rescue missions (SAR) during natural Since February 1989, a Signal Unit established at this Station has been providing multi-channel communication facilities for Air Defence and Administrative Communication to the designated units. A Mobile Observation Flight formed at this Base in February 1982 provides early warning of airborne objects to alert air defence measures.

Commanding Officers


Unknown - 01 Dec 63
Wing Commander
George Christadoss Vithuasiromony Nallayya
2770 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Bagdogra

Unknown - 01 Dec 64
Wing Commander
Hemant Ramkrishna Chitnis
2964 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bagdogra

19 Mar 65 - 14 Apr 67
Wing Commander
Narendra Bahadur Singh
2971 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bagdogra

29 Nov 69 - 25 Jan 73
Group Captain
Minoo Jehangir Dotiwalla
3839 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bagdogra

26 Jan 73 - 23 Nov 73
Group Captain
Johney William Greene
4093 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bagdogra

24 Nov 73 - 31 Dec 74
Group Captain
Denis Anthony Lafontaine
3844 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bagdogra

Unknown -
Group Captain
Sukh Dev Mohan
4789 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bagdogra

21 Feb 81 - 25 Nov 83
Group Captain
Viney Kapila
5596 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bagdogra

26 Nov 83 - 05 Feb 86
Air Commodore
Chandra Sekhar Doraiswamy
5601 F(P)
AOC
Bagdogra

06 Feb 86 - 29 Dec 88
Air Commodore
Amarjit Singh Sethi
5682 F(P)
AOC
Bagdogra

30 Dec 88 - 25 Nov 90
Air Commodore
Jagbir Singh
5783 F(P)
AOC
Bagdogra

26 Nov 90 - 14 Mar 93
Air Commodore
Surinder Kumar Mitroo
7688 F(P)
AOC
Bagdogra

15 Mar 93 - 31 Jan 96
Air Commodore
Surjit Singh
8148 F(P)
AOC
Bagdogra

18 Mar 96 - 04 Feb 98
Air Commodore
Narendra Minocha
9513 F(P)
AOC
Bagdogra

29 Jun 98 - 02 Aug 00
Air Commodore
Jaspal Singh Gujral
11300 F(P)
AOC
Bagdogra

03 Aug 00 - 05 Jan 03
Air Commodore
Prakash Prahalad Dani
12214 F(P)
AOC
Bagdogra

06 Jan 03 - 23 Dec 04
Air Commodore
Mohan John
13131 F(P)
AOC
Bagdogra

24 Dec 04 - 15 Dec 06
Air Commodore
Ramesh Malhotra
13590 F(P)
AOC
Bagdogra

16 Dec 05 - 12 Dec 07
Group Captain
Chandramouli
16984 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bagdogra

13 Dec 07 - 30 Aug 09
Air Commodore
Anil Kumar Jain
14565 F(P)
AOC
Bagdogra

31 Aug 09 - 30 Apr 11
Air Commodore
Krishnan Sundarram
17163 F(P)
AOC
Bagdogra

01 May 11 - 31 Dec 12
Air Commodore
Jonnalagedda Chalapati
17358 F(P)
AOC
Bagdogra

01 Jan 13 - 31 Jul 14
Air Commodore
Balabhadra Radha Krishna
17326 F(P)
AOC
Bagdogra

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