No.41 Squadron Otters

Motto : Samay Par Sahayta ( Help on time)
Date Raised : 1958-03-01 Location : Palam
Raised on 01 Mar 1958 at Jodhpur, this unit was equipped with Stol DXE-3 (Otter) aircraft. The sqn is assigned a wide spectrum of tasks like Logistics Air Support, Communication Duties, Casualty Evacuation, Para Dropping I Supply Dropping and Aerial Photography. When the need arose aircraft from the unit were also converted as aerial gunships. During peace it undertook communication duties and rendered valuable assistance to the civil government during natural calamities. With the phasing out of Otters in 1984, the squadron became the first unit to induct Dornier aircraft in the IAF Inventory. Avro aircraft joined the squadron in 1996, making it the only IAF unit to have both light and medium transport aircraft on its strength. The Sqn moved to Palam in 1988

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
01 Mar 58 to 07 Oct 59Squadron Leader George Christadoss Vithuasiromony Nallayya2770 GD(P)CO
08 Oct 59 to 02 Feb 60Squadron Leader Appasaheb Bhagwant Patil3242 GD(P)CO
03 Mar 60 to 24 Jun 60Squadron Leader Narendra Bahadur Singh2971 F(P)CO
25 Jun 60 to 10 Dec 61Squadron Leader Jaswant Singh Chamba3210 GD(P)CO
11 Dec 61 to 25 Dec 61Squadron Leader Satindra Kumar Trehan3572 GD(P)CO
26 Feb 62 to 26 Mar 63Squadron Leader Gursewak Singh Sidhu3418 F(P)CO
01 Jul 63 to 01 Oct 64Flight Lieutenant Yoginder Nath Kapoor5061 F(P)CO
26 Nov 64 to 02 Jun 67Squadron Leader Reginald Trevor Oliver4498 GD(P)CO
03 Jun 67 to 11 May 68Squadron Leader Baldev Singh5007 GD(P)CO
19 Jun 68 to 20 Apr 71Squadron Leader Indu Virmani4682 GD(P)CO
21 Apr 71 to 14 Jul 74Squadron Leader Samarendra Chakravarty5189 F(P)CO
15 Jul 74 to 20 Jul 77Squadron Leader Bandi Kesava Rao Sunder8201 F(P)CO
21 Jul 77 to 10 Apr 79Squadron Leader Prithipal Singh Bhachu5793 F(P)CO
16 Apr 79 to 05 Apr 81Squadron Leader Alan Rajasooriya Chatterjee11052 F(P)CO
06 Apr 81 to 20 Oct 83Wing Commander Prakash Dattatraya Lothe7436 F(P)CO
21 Oct 83 to 17 Nov 85Wing Commander Udiyanda Muthanna Kushalapa10177 F(P)CO
18 Nov 85 to 08 Aug 88Wing Commander Mohinder Singh Randhawa9398 F(P)CO
09 Aug 88 to 30 Jun 91Wing Commander Anil Kumar Gajadhar Prasad Mishra9780 F(P)CO
01 Jul 91 to 30 Nov 93Group Captain Dinesh Chander Bhardwaj9545 F(P)CO
01 Dec 93 to 10 Sep 95Group Captain Arvind Rai Narang11022 F(P)CO
11 Sep 95 to 29 Jun 97Wing Commander Mukul Goyal15404 F(P)CO
30 Jun 97 to Wing Commander Shankar Kumar Dey15554 F(P)CO
01 May 01 to Wing Commander Vipin Indira Panabhan Nayar16829 F(P)CO
Unknown to Wing Commander Jagbir Singh Johar18254 F(P)CO

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