No.221 Squadron Valiants

Motto : Tejaso Shatrun Damayah ( Vanquish the enemy with Valour)
Date Raised : 1963-02-14 Location : Halwara
Towards end of 1962, a decision was taken to amalgamate all the Auxiliary Air Force squadrons into two IAF fighter- Bomber squadrons. 221 Sqn came up at the location of 55 AAF sqn at Barrackpore and was equipped with 4 vampires, 1 spitfire and a Hurricane aircraft. Number plated in 2009, 2017 inducts Su-3

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


14 Feb 63 - 07 Apr 65
Squadron Leader
Narinder Chatrath
3959 F(P)
CO


14 Apr 65 - 15 Apr 67
Squadron Leader
Ian Anthony Rebello
4596 F(P)
CO


13 May 67 - 01 Aug 68
Squadron Leader
Onkar Nath Kacker
4605 GD(P)
CO
Pune

02 Jul 68 - 30 Jul 71
Wing Commander
Kshirode Krishna Sen
4495 F(P)
CO


31 Jul 71 - 30 Apr 72
Wing Commander
Annaswami Sridharan
4761 F(P)
CO


01 May 72 - 31 Jul 74
Wing Commander
Dilip Shankar Jog
4608 F(P)
CO
Bareilly

01 Aug 74 - 16 Nov 76
Wing Commander
Amrit Mohan Mehta
5051 F(P)
CO
Ambala

17 Nov 76 - 02 May 79
Wing Commander
Ashok Prataprao Shinde
5671 F(P)
CO


17 May 79 - 30 Jun 80
Wing Commander
Trevor Raymond Joseph Osman
6005 F(P)
CO
Bhatinda

01 Jul 80 - 06 Jul 81
Wing Commander
Brijendra Mohan Bali
8438 F(P)
CO


16 Aug 81 - 21 Feb 82
Wing Commander
Virendra Kumar Chawla
7408 F(P)
CO
Halwara

18 Mar 82 - 15 Apr 85
Wing Commander
Hemant Vishnu Khatu
7675 F(P)
CO
Halwara

18 Apr 85 - 18 May 87
Wing Commander
Avinash Deodata Joshi
10886 F(P)
CO
Halwara

18 Jun 87 - 02 Jul 89
Wing Commander
Bhushan Nilkanth Gokhale
11630 F(P)
CO
Halwara

03 Jul 89 - 15 Jul 91
Wing Commander
Ranjan Bhattacharya
13139 F(P)
CO
Halwara

15 Jul 91 - 27 Aug 93
Wing Commander
Man Mohan Singh
12777 F(P)
CO
Halwara

30 Aug 93 - 18 Jun 95
Wing Commander
Sanjib Bordoloi
13912 F(P)
CO
Halwara

19 Jul 95 - 01 Jul 97
Wing Commander
Hari Naidu
14286 F(P)
CO
Halwara

07 Jul 97 - 17 Jun 99
Wing Commander
Vishwas Ganesh Datar
15406 F(P)
CO
Halwara

18 Jun 99 - 22 Jul 01
Wing Commander
Ashit Ishwarlal Mehta
16377 F(P)
CO
Halwara

23 Jul 01 - 29 Jun 03
Wing Commander
Chetan Prakash Yadav
16828 F(P)
CO
Halwara

30 Jun 03 - 27 Mar 05
Wing Commander
Shridher Kishore Mohlah
18259 F(P)
CO
Halwara

28 Mar 05 - 17 Dec 06
Wing Commander
Dhananjay Vasant Khot
19516 F(P)
CO
Halwara

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