No.44 Squadron Mighty Jets

Motto : Ishtam Yatnen Sadhyet
Date Raised : 1961-03-31 Location : Chandigarh
The squadron was formed at Chandigarh on 06 Apr 1961, with the AN-12, which was a 4 engine heavy lift turbo prop aircraft. This versatile ac undertook all kinds of airlift ops in the most inhospitable terrain, both in the North East and J&K sectors. the squadron was later equipped with the stretegic heavy transport ac, the IL-76, in Mar 1985. During the Sino-India conflict in 1962, the squadron took active part in airlifting supplies, arms, ammUnitsion and cas evac in the Ladakh sector. The Indo-Pak conflict of 1965 war the squadron carried out strategic and tactical airlift. In 1971, during the Indo-Pak war, when the squadron was tasked to strike troop concentration at Hajipur, Fort Abbas and Skardu. The squadron became the first tpt sqn to be awarded the Battle Honours. During the IPKF ops in Sri Lanka, the sqn continued to support our land forces, both during induction and deinduction. In recognition of its achievements, the sqn has been awarded one MVC, two Vr C, one YSM, three VSM, five mention in despatch, 30 VMs, 25 CAS and 51 AOC-in-C commendations.

Commanding Officers


31 Mar 61 - 17 Dec 62
Wing Commander
Trilok Nath Ghadiok
2354 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

01 Feb 63 - 30 Nov 65
Wing Commander
Tom Lionel Anderson
3126 GD(P)
CO
Chandigarh

01 Dec 65 - 28 Jun 67
Wing Commander
Gurdip Singh
3944 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

29 Jun 67 - 10 May 70
Wing Commander
Vijay Chand Mankotia
4041 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

11 May 71 - 16 Aug 71
Wing Commander
Ajit Kumar Bhattacharjee
4427 GD(P)
CO
Chandigarh

25 Aug 71 - 17 May 74
Wing Commander
Vidya Bhushan Vashist
4584 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

18 May 74 - 31 Oct 76
Wing Commander
Narinder Singh Arora
4983 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

01 Nov 76 - 16 Jul 77
Wing Commander
Dalip Singh Sabherwal
4756 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

08 Aug 77 - 15 Aug 77
Wing Commander
Kambiranda Muthanna Ponnappa
4503 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

18 Aug 77 - 12 Aug 80
Group Captain
Kambiranda Muthanna Ponnappa
4503 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

27 Oct 80 - 21 Apr 81
Group Captain
Ashwini Kumar Bhide
5674 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

22 Apr 81 - 31 Jan 85
Group Captain
Madhavan Ambaidy
5372 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

01 Feb 85 - 30 Jan 87
Group Captain
Ashok Kumar Goel
8151 F(P)
CO
Agra

01 Oct 87 - 22 Oct 89
Group Captain
Ananth Gurunath Bewoor
9718 F(P)
CO
Agra

23 Oct 89 - 27 Sep 92
Group Captain
Mohinderjit Singh Singha
9711 F(P)
CO
Agra

28 Sep 92 - 11 Sep 94
Group Captain
Pravesh Kumar
12411 F(P)
CO
Agra

12 Sep 94 - 14 May 97
Group Captain
Robin Chandra Baruah
13156 F(P)
CO
Agra

15 May 97 - 31 Aug 00
Group Captain
Trikandiyur Kollath Venugopal
13598 F(P)
CO
Agra

01 Sep 00 - 25 Aug 02
Group Captain
Anil Kumar Sharma
14670 F(P)
CO
Agra

26 Aug 02 -
Group Captain
Sridharan Panicker Radha Krishnan Nair
16040 F(P)
CO
Agra

Unknown -
Group Captain
Rajat Sharma
17008 F(P)
CO
Agra

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