No.21 Squadron Ankush

Motto : Siddhivasti Saha Se (Success lies in courage)
Date Raised : 1965-10-16
21 Squadron, AF was formed on 16 October 1965 at 7 Wing, AF, to be equipped with Gnat Mk I aircraft. The Squadron initially flew aircraft borrowed from 2 Squadron, AF and 18 Squadron, AF, until on 14 May 66, when she got her first complement of ac. Thereafter the Squadron moved to 17 Wing, AF, Gorakhpur until the 1971 operations. The Squadron was visited by DASI in 72 and 75 and the Squadron moved to 7 C&MU at Bakshi Ka Talab and operated there til the time she was earmarked to be re-equipped with the Mig-21 BIS. On 1 December 1976, the Squadron moved out of C&MU to 2 Wing, AF Pune to be re-equipped with the MIG-21 BIS. The Squadron moved out from 33 Wing, AF where it had been located since 1 January 1987, to 12 Wing, AF. Sixteen fighter aircraft were ferried out on May 9-1, 1988.

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
16 Oct 65 to Wing Commander Emanuel Raymond Fernandes3577 F(P)COAmbala
01 Aug 67 to 01 Jan 69Wing Commander Jayaram Nilkanth Jatar4040 F(P)COGorakhpur
01 Nov 70 to Wing Commander Sube Singh Malik4663 F(P)COGorakhpur
01 Nov 74 to 23 Feb 76Wing Commander Satya Prakash4988 F(P)COGorakhpur/ Bakshi Ka
24 Feb 76 to 06 Dec 76Wing Commander Bidyut Mukhuty5196 F(P)COBakshi Ka Talab
07 Dec 76 to 18 Oct 79Wing Commander Dev Nath Rathore5780 F(P)COPune
18 Oct 79 to 16 Nov 81Wing Commander Srinivas Anand Bhaskar Naidu7230 F(P)COPune
16 Nov 81 to 01 Feb 82Wing Commander Dinesh Chander Nayyar8995 F(P)COPune
01 Feb 82 to 06 Aug 84Wing Commander Harbans Singh Sahota7663 F(P)COPune
06 Aug 84 to 07 Jul 86Wing Commander Rajkumar Joseph Williams9036 F(P)COPune
07 Jul 86 to 22 Aug 88Wing Commander Har Prakash Singh Sidhu11051 F(P)COPune/ Jamnagar
22 Aug 88 to 05 Nov 90Wing Commander Rajesh Lal11634 F(P)COChandigarh
05 Nov 90 to 01 Dec 92Wing Commander Nirdosh Vatsyayan Tyagi12765 F(P)COChandigarh
01 Dec 92 to 31 Oct 94Wing Commander Arun Vasudeo Thakur Desai13372 F(P)COChandigarh
31 Oct 94 to 01 Jan 96Wing Commander Ashok Dhar13940 F(P)COChandigarh
01 Jan 96 to 01 Jan 98Wing Commander Rajan Bhasin15006 F(P)COChandigarh
01 Jan 98 to 01 Jan 00Wing Commander Sunil Malhotra15719 F(P)COChandigarh
01 Jan 00 to 21 Dec 02Wing Commander Mugi Dhanraj16210 F(P)CO
21 Dec 02 to Wing Commander Tarun Banerjee16776 F(P)CO
24 Jul 06 to Wing Commander Pushpendra Singh Nara20478 F(P)CO

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