No.37 Squadron Black Panthers

Motto : Sadaiv Nirbhik (Fearless Forever)
Date Raised : 1957-12-23 Location : Jodhpur
37 Squadron of the Indian Air Force was formed on 23 Dec 57 at Air Force Station Palam with the motto "Forever Fearless", and was alloted the crest BLACK PANTHERS.

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


23 Dec 57 - 16 Oct 60
Squadron Leader
Amrit Lal Bajaj
3395 GD(P)
CO
Palam/ Jamnagar

17 Oct 60 - 23 Aug 62
Squadron Leader
Ian Steele Loughran
4024 GD(P)
CO
Pune

19 Nov 62 - 21 Dec 64
Wing Commander
Wilbur Desmond McNeill
2995 GD(P)
CO
Pune/ Chabua

21 Dec 64 - 25 Aug 67
Wing Commander
Harendra Narain Bysak
3857 F(P)
CO
Chabua/ Tezpur

25 Aug 67 - 16 Oct 69
Wing Commander
Man Mohan Sinha
4408 F(P)
CO
Tezpur

24 Nov 69 - 02 Dec 70
Wing Commander
Prabhakar Jaywant Jakatdar
4237 F(P)
CO
Tezpur

01 Apr 71 - 14 Dec 73
Wing Commander
Swaroop Krishna Kaul
4721 F(P)
CO
Tezpur/ Kalaikunda

15 Dec 73 - 14 Jul 76
Wing Commander
Sudershan Kumar Sahni
4599 F(P)
CO
Kalaikunda

15 Jul 76 - 06 May 79
Wing Commander
Dhan Singh Nagi
5305 F(P)
CO
Kaliakinda/ Adampur

07 May 79 - 04 Jan 81
Wing Commander
Kanwer Jit Singh Gill
5702 F(P)
CO
Adampur

05 Jan 81 - 11 Apr 83
Wing Commander
Amalendra Nath Sen
8395 F(P)
CO
Adampur

12 Apr 83 - 30 Jun 85
Wing Commander
Amitava Chakladar
8132 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

01 Jul 85 - 21 Sep 87
Wing Commander
Mohan Dikshit
11309 F(P)
CO
Nal (Bikaner)

22 Sep 87 - 16 Nov 88
Wing Commander
Kalathil Payan Sreekanth
10508 F(P)
CO
Nal (Bikaner)

05 Dec 88 - 30 Sep 90
Wing Commander
Pradeep Saruotham Shetty
11650 F(P)
CO
Nal (Bikaner)

01 Oct 90 - 01 Nov 92
Wing Commander
Rakesh Kacker
12951 F(P)
CO
Nal (Bikaner)

02 Nov 92 - 08 Jan 95
Wing Commander
Philip Mohan Mathai
13244 F(P)
CO
Nal (Bikaner)

09 Jan 95 - 17 Nov 96
Wing Commander
Joseph Noronha
13914 F(P)
CO
Nal (Bikaner)

18 Nov 96 - 22 Mar 98
Wing Commander
Malvider Singh Mander
15034 F(P)
CO
Nal (Bikaner)

23 Mar 98 - 28 May 00
Wing Commander
Dinesh Dhawan
15403 F(P)
CO
Nal (Bikaner)

29 May 00 - 14 Jul 02
Wing Commander
Navkaranjit Singh Dhillon
16580 F(P)
CO
Nal (Bikaner)

15 Jul 02 - 21 Jul 04
Wing Commander
Vishwas Gaur
17361 F(P)
CO
Nal (Bikaner)/ Bhuj

22 Jul 04 - 02 Jul 06
Wing Commander
Rajesh Abhishek Rao Kaileti
18577 F(P)
CO
Bhuj

19 May 08 - 30 May 10
Wing Commander
Anil Kumar
20742 F(P)
CO
Bhuj/ Uttarlai

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