No.3 Squadron Cobras

Motto : Lakshya Ved (Destroy target with Precision)
Date Raised : 1941-10-01 Location : Ambala
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Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


01 Oct 41 - 13 Apr 42
Squadron Leader
NAN Bray
RAF
CO
Peshawar

14 Apr 42 - 15 Aug 42
Squadron Leader
Mehar Singh
1559 GD(P)
CO
Peshawar

16 Aug 42 - 12 Sep 43
Squadron Leader
Diwan Atma Ram Nanda
1562 GD(P)
CO
Peshawar

13 Sep 43 - 06 Jan 45
Squadron Leader
Prithipal Singh
1578 GD(P)
CO
Peshawar

07 Jan 45 - 27 Dec 45
Squadron Leader
Shivdev Singh
1595 F(P)
CO
Peshawar

28 Dec 45 - 27 Mar 46
Squadron Leader
Om Prakash Mehra
1639 F(P)
CO
Kohat

01 Apr 46 - 30 Dec 46
Squadron Leader
Ramchander Atmaram
1583 GD(P)
CO
Kohat

31 Dec 46 - 28 Aug 47
Squadron Leader
Mohan Dev Suri
1655 GD(P)
CO
Kohat

28 Sep 47 - 09 Dec 47
Squadron Leader
Anand Ramdas Pandit
1707 F(P)
CO
Pune

10 Dec 47 - 11 Feb 49
Squadron Leader
Kasargod Sadanand Bhat
1747 GD(P)
CO
Pune

12 Feb 49 - 28 Apr 50
Squadron Leader
Kenneth Merals David
1863 GD(P)
CO
Pune

11 May 50 - 14 Jul 52
Squadron Leader
John Ivor McKenzie
1806 GD(P)
CO
Pune/ Halwara/ Ambal

15 Jul 52 - 29 Dec 53
Squadron Leader
Anant Vemanrao Samsi
1865 GD(P)
CO
Ambala

30 Dec 53 - 15 Apr 55
Squadron Leader
John Jasper Bouche
2938 F(P)
CO
Ambala

16 Apr 55 - 21 Oct 55
Squadron Leader
Suranjan Das
3175 GD(P)
CO
Ambala

22 Oct 55 - 30 Apr 57
Squadron Leader
Maheshwar Das Khanna
2776 F(P)
CO
Ambala

01 May 57 - 14 Apr 59
Squadron Leader
Subhas Ranjan Bose
3152 F(P)
CO
Ambala/ Kalaikunda

15 Apr 59 - 13 Dec 61
Squadron Leader
Om Prakash Taneja
3843 F(P)
CO
Kalaikunda

14 Dec 61 - 21 Nov 62
Squadron Leader
Patrick Russell Earle
3965 GD(P)
CO
Kalaikunda

22 Nov 62 - 03 Apr 65
Wing Commander
Regionald Louis Sayce
3086 GD(P)
CO
Kalaikunda/ Pathanko

05 Apr 65 - 11 Sep 65
Wing Commander
Paul Cecil Roby
3479 GD(P)
CO
Pathankot

12 Sep 65 - 25 Sep 67
Wing Commander
Surapati Bhattacharya
3974 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

26 Sep 67 - 26 Dec 68
Wing Commander
Kalyan Krishna Kurane
4426 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

17 Aug 69 - 11 Jun 71
Wing Commander
Pattathil Venugopal
4431 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

12 Jun 71 - 04 Dec 73
Wing Commander
Rabindar Nath Dogra
4725 F(P)
CO
Pathankot/ Hindan

01 Feb 74 - 11 Apr 75
Wing Commander
Tekkidath Vijayan Nair Vijayan
5009 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

02 May 75 - 11 Aug 76
Wing Commander
Madan Mohan Sharma
5108 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

21 Aug 76 - 20 Jan 79
Wing Commander
Dinanath Ramchander Nadkarni
5587 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

22 Jan 79 - 21 Jun 81
Wing Commander
Udaysingh Vyankatoar Lagad
6015 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

22 Jun 81 - 29 May 83
Wing Commander
Anil Kumar Trikha
8436 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

30 May 83 - 19 May 85
Wing Commander
Gurumurthy Balasubramanian
8445 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

17 Jun 85 - 07 Oct 87
Wing Commander
Dasharathy Dayakar
10908 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

16 Oct 87 - 16 Oct 89
Wing Commander
Rabin Kumar Ghosh
11306 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

17 Oct 89 - 02 Dec 91
Wing Commander
Anup Kumar Shyam
12065 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

03 Dec 91 - 26 Dec 93
Wing Commander
Bidanda Chengapa Nanjappa
13246 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

27 Dec 93 - 16 Jul 95
Wing Commander
Tejender Pal Singh Gill
13767 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

17 Jul 95 - 13 Jul 97
Wing Commander
Dipanjan Roy Chowdhury
14678 F(P)
CO
Pathankot/ Ambala

14 Jul 97 - 29 Aug 99
Wing Commander
Anup Ghosh
15563 F(P)
CO
Ambala

30 Aug 99 - 22 Jul 01
Wing Commander
Kalianda Appaya Muthana
16372 F(P)
CO
Ambala

23 Jul 01 - 08 Dec 02
Wing Commander
Ravinder Kumar Dhir
15678 F(P)
CO
Ambala

09 Dec 02 - 06 Mar 05
Wing Commander
Harish Nayani
17135 F(P)
CO
Ambala

07 Mar 05 - 06 May 07
Wing Commander
Dhananjai Vishnu Wani
18568 F(P)
CO
Ambala

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