23 Wing


Date Raised : 1963-01-25 Location : Jammu
Jammu, the winter capital of the state of J & K ensconced between the gentle meanders of the river Tawi and picturesque backdrop of Trikuta hills found itself on the map of the Indian Air Force on 10 Mar 1948. The date was to epitomise birth of a rich operational history in years to come and marked the formation of No 1 Wing, Air Force under the command of legendary wg Cdr MM Engineer, MVC, DFC. The Wing operated from Srinagar in summer and Jammu in winter till end of 1950. There after, it maintained its detachment at Jammu under command of one Flt Lt and few officers. 23 Wg AF was formed here on 25 Jan 63 under the command of Wg Cdr J Andrews.

Commanding Officers


25 Jan 63 - 14 Jan 64
Wing Commander
Jacob Andrews
2378 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

15 Jan 64 - 29 Apr 66
Wing Commander
George Victor Francis
2925 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

30 Jun 66 - 02 Feb 67
Wing Commander
Sudhindra Kumar Majumdar
3484 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

10 Mar 67 - 12 Sep 69
Wing Commander
Manuel Keshrinath Gaikwad
3882 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

19 Sep 69 - 22 Jun 71
Wing Commander
Angelo Reginald Lobo
3957 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

26 Jul 71 - 20 Jan 74
Wing Commander
Bharati Kumar Chatterji
4505 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

11 Feb 74 - 14 Sep 75
Wing Commander
Inder Dev Bhalla
4571 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

15 Sep 75 - 14 Jun 77
Wing Commander
Shiv Prakash Sabharwal
4413 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

28 Jun 77 - 11 Apr 79
Wing Commander
Subhash Madanmohan Hundiwala
6351 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

12 Apr 79 - 26 Oct 80
Wing Commander
Prithipal Singh Bhachu
5793 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

27 Oct 80 - 15 Jul 82
Group Captain
Jagjit Singh Sawhney
4449 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

16 Jul 82 - 16 Aug 85
Group Captain
Om Prakash Devgon
4726 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

22 Aug 85 - 30 Jun 88
Air Commodore
Rajendra Dev Pant
4737 F(P)
AOC
Jammu

21 Oct 88 - 11 Nov 88
Group Captain
Subhash Madanmohan Hundiwala
6351 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

11 Nov 88 - 03 Jan 91
Air Commodore
Subhash Madanmohan Hundiwala
6351 F(P)
AOC
Jammu

26 Aug 91 - 13 Jun 94
Group Captain
Subhash Chandra Kharbanda
10113 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

14 Jun 94 - 31 Jan 95
Group Captain
Pushpendra Singh Diwaniyan
12379 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

01 Feb 95 - 12 Nov 96
Group Captain
Maheshwar Dutt
11607 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

13 Nov 96 - 31 Jan 00
Group Captain
Surindra Kumar Sharma
12023 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

01 Feb 00 - 03 Jan 02
Group Captain
Ashok Kumar Malhotra
14112 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

04 Jan 02 - 01 Jun 03
Group Captain
Manmohan Bahadur
14665 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

02 Jun 03 - 04 Jul 04
Group Captain
Sanjib Kumar Bhattacharya
15702 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

05 Jul 04 - 16 Oct 05
Group Captain
Radhakrishnan Shankar
17010 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

17 Oct 05 - 14 Oct 07
Group Captain
Jasjit Singh Kler
16225 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

15 Oct 07 - 30 Apr 09
Group Captain
Vishwanath Prakash
17149 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jammu

13 Oct 10 - 30 Sep 12
Air Commodore
Nitin B Sathe
17708 F(P)
AOC
Jammu

01 Oct 12 - 21 Sep 14
Air Commodore
Prashant Eknath Patange
17706 F(P)
AOC
Jammu

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