No.220 Squadron Desert Tigers

Motto : Shauryam Tejo Dhritih ( Valour, Energy and Firmness)
Date Raised : 1957-12-23 Location : Halwara
220 Squadron, AF was formed at 2 Wing, Air Force Station Pune on 9 jan 63. Initially located at Palam as 51 Auxillary Air Force (AAF) Squadron and equipped with Vampire aircraft. The squadron, later re-equipped with the 'Indigenous HF-24 Marut' in April 1969 and flew the Marut in the 1971 Indo-Pak War. In June 1981, the squadron converted onto the MiG-23BN. Moved to halwara in 1997. numberplated in 25. resurrected on 1 sep 11

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
09 Feb 63 to 14 Sep 65Squadron Leader Norman Foster Watts3956 GD(P)COPune
11 Apr 66 to 04 Aug 68Squadron Leader Mohan Vasudeo Kashikar4801 GD(P)COPune
05 Aug 68 to 07 Apr 69Squadron Leader Onkar Nath Kacker4605 GD(P)COPune
21 Aug 69 to 02 Mar 72Wing Commander Ranjit Dhawan4572 GD(P)COPune/ Jodhpur
03 Mar 72 to 19 May 74Wing Commander Madhukar Shantaram Jatar4793 GD(P)COJodhpur
20 May 74 to 14 Jun 76Wing Commander Krishna Narayana Pillai4874 GD(P)COJodhpur
15 Jun 76 to 29 Apr 79Wing Commander Vishnu Narain Johri5676 GD(P)COJodhpur
30 Apr 79 to 04 Jan 81Wing Commander Iqbal Singh Bindra6360 GD(P)COJodhpur
05 Jan 81 to 01 May 83Wing Commander Vinod Kumar Bhatia6497 GD(P)COJodhpur
02 May 83 to 24 Apr 85Wing Commander Man Mohan Kapoor9522 GD(P)COJodhpur
25 Apr 85 to 28 Jun 87Wing Commander Syed Mohammed Ghouse10896 GD(P)COJodhpur
29 Jun 87 to 26 Jun 89Wing Commander Neeraj Sharma11861 GD(P)COJodhpur
27 Jun 89 to 16 Jun 91Wing Commander Paramjit Singh Bhangu12932 F(P)COJodhpur
17 Jun 91 to 25 Jul 93Wing Commander Vikas Krishna Rao Yajurvedi13248 F(P)COJodhpur
26 Jul 93 to 07 Jul 95Wing Commander Atul Saikia13585 F(P)COJodhpur
08 May 95 to 24 May 97Wing Commander Devinder Singh14284 F(P)COJodhpur/ Halwara
25 Mar 97 to 18 Apr 99Wing Commander Perumpillabil Narayanan Radha Govind15019 F(P)COHalwara
19 Apr 99 to 15 Aug 01Wing Commander Rakesh Marwaha15865 F(P)COHalwara
16 Aug 01 to 14 May 03Wing Commander Vivek16560 F(P)COHalwara
15 May 03 to 30 Jun 05Wing Commander BanerjeeCOHalwara
01 Sep 11 to 01 Apr 13Wing Commander Sharad Aneja22677 F(P)COHalwara
01 Apr 13 to Group Captain Sharad Aneja22677 F(P)COHalwara
Unknown to Group Captain Manoj Nair23725 F(P)COHalwara

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