AFS Chakeri


Date Raised : 1947-08-15 Location : Kanpur
To support air operations in the Far East during World War II, No. 322 Maintenance Units was formed in 1940 in the 21 TATA hangers at Chakeri, Kanpur. The functions included arming of bombers and fighter aircraft like Liberator, Lancaster, Hurricane, Tempest and Dakota. The Units was further expanded to include aircraft storage and servicing activities, while the logistics support and aeroengine storage functions operated at Armapur Estate, 25 Km away from Chakeri. In August 1945, after Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces and hostilities came to an end, this No. 322 Maintenance Units was disbanded and Royal Air Force Station, Kanpur came into formal existence. On 15 August 1947, the historic day of India’s Independence, Wing Commander Ranjan Dutta DFC took over the command of Air Force Station, Kanpur from the Royal Air Force.

Commanding Officers


09 Jan 64 - 21 Aug 65
Air Commodore
Narinjan Parsad Nair
2280 ENG
AOC
Kanpur

22 Aug 65 - 28 Feb 66
Air Commodore
Kanianthra Alexander Joseph
2960 SIGS
AOC
Kanpur

06 May 66 - 31 Mar 68
Air Commodore
Ardeshir Pestonji Kapadia
2150 ENG
AOC
Kanpur

01 Apr 68 - 01 Dec 69
Air Commodore
Raj Kumar Singh Marya
2916 AE(M)
AOC
Kanpur

01 Dec 69 - 21 Nov 70
Air Commodore
John Jasper Bouche
2938 F(P)
AOC
Kanpur

21 Nov 70 - 27 Jan 73
Air Commodore
Chandrakant Shridhar Naik
3499 AE(M)
AOC
Kanpur

27 Jan 73 - 09 Apr 74
Air Commodore
Bawa Sampuran Singh Bedi
1795 AE(M)
AOC
Kanpur

09 Apr 74 - 31 Jan 76
Air Commodore
Sat Pal Singh
2853 AE(L)
AOC
Kanpur

24 May 78 - 31 Aug 80
Air Commodore
Kanwar Krishan Bali
3816 AE(L)
AOC
Kanpur

01 Sep 80 - 13 Aug 81
Air Commodore
Narayanan Krishnan Nair
4075 AE(L)
AOC
Kanpur

14 Aug 81 - 28 Feb 83
Air Commodore
Bangalore Venkataramaiah Jayarao
4138 AE(L)
AOC
Kanpur

01 Mar 83 - 30 Jun 85
Air Commodore
Abraham Mathews
4547 AE(L)
AOC
Kanpur

01 Jul 85 - 01 Jan 87
Air Commodore
Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay
5237 AE(M)
AOC
Kanpur

02 Jan 87 - 12 Jan 89
Air Commodore
Rajamani Ramamurthy
5614 AE(M)
AOC
Kanpur

12 Jan 89 - 31 May 90
Air Commodore
Ramesh Chandra Bajpai
5967 AE(L)
AOC
Kanpur

11 Aug 90 - 12 Sep 92
Air Commodore
Amar Jeet Singh Sodhi
6388 AE(M)
AOC
Kanpur

12 Sep 92 - 28 Oct 94
Air Commodore
Savinder Mohan Singh Chadha
6588 AE(M)
AOC
Kanpur

28 Nov 94 - 27 Jul 96
Air Commodore
Koyippillil Balagangadhara Kurup
8020 AE(M)
AOC
Kanpur

16 Aug 96 - 15 Apr 99
Air Commodore
Prakashchandra Khandubhai Desai
10078 AE(M)
AOC
Kanpur

18 Apr 99 - 31 Jul 00
Air Commodore
Satyendra Pal Singh
10699 AE(L)
AOC
Kanpur

14 Aug 00 - 11 Nov 02
Air Commodore
Jayant Satchidanand Apte
11900 AE(L)
AOC
Kanpur

11 Nov 02 - 13 Jan 05
Air Commodore
Raghbir Singh Sandhu
13174 AE(M)
AOC
Kanpur

13 Jan 05 - 23 Jul 06
Air Commodore
Navin Verma
13282 AE(L)
AOC
Kanpur

24 Jul 06 - 31 May 09
Air Commodore
Narinder Kumar Bhoan
14312 AE(L)
AOC
Kanpur

01 Jun 09 - 30 Apr 11
Air Commodore
Prashant Purushottam Khandekar
15095 AE(L)
AOC
Kanpur

02 May 11 - 31 May 13
Air Commodore
Gulshan Rai
15969 AE(M)
AOC
Kanpur

01 Jun 13 - 19 Oct 14
Air Commodore
Krishna Iyengar Ravi
17674 AE(M)
AOC
Kanpur

20 Oct 14 - 31 Aug 16
Air Commodore
Pradeep Kumar Choudhary
17828 AE(M)
AOC
Kanpur

01 Sep 16 - 09 Nov 18
Air Commodore
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AOC
Kanpur

12 Nov 18 -
Air Commodore
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AOC
Kanpur

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