7 Wing


Date Raised : 1954-08-01 Location : Ambala
Camp Umbala was formed in 1919 and had the No. 99 RAF Sqn placed there. over the next two decades or so, various RAF squadrons were placed off and on at the base including No. 114 RAF Sqn, 28 Sqn and 60 Sqn. Between 1920 and 1922, RAF HQ was also at Ambala, after which it moved to Simla/ Delhi. On 1st Apr 1938, the Station HQ at Ambala was formed and it was formally renamed RAF Station, Ambala on 15 Feb 1941. During the most of 1940s Ambala operated as a training base for IAF/ RIAF with the SFTS and Technical Training Center there. At independence, the station was called Air Force Flying School (India) and was training pilots. On transfer of training to other bases, Ambala was made an operational base of the IAF on 2 Sep 1951 and renamed 307 Wing. On 31 july 1954, this was renamed to 7 Wing.
Unit previously existed as 307 Wing

Commanding Officers


01 Aug 54 - 07 Dec 56
Group Captain
Birendra Kumar Sen Gupta
1590 GD(P)
CO
Ambala

10 Dec 56 - 30 Jun 60
Group Captain
Syed Abbas Hussain
1706 F(P)
CO
Ambala

01 Jul 60 - 21 Jul 62
Group Captain
Anant Vemanrao Samsi
1865 GD(P)
CO
Ambala

25 Jul 62 - 07 Jan 65
Group Captain
Charandas Gurudas Devashar
1867 F(P)
CO
Ambala

08 Jan 65 - 04 Jan 67
Group Captain
David Eugene Bouche
2774 GD(P)
CO
Ambala

05 Jan 67 - 31 Mar 68
Group Captain
Maheshwar Das Khanna
2776 F(P)
CO
Ambala

01 Apr 68 - 14 Jan 69
Air Commodore
Maheshwar Das Khanna
2776 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

15 Jan 69 - 14 Aug 70
Air Commodore
George Kanishtkumar John
2132 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

15 Aug 70 - 01 Aug 71
Air Commodore
Madhav Bhawrao Naik
1874 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

02 Aug 71 - 09 Jan 74
Air Commodore
Walter Vernon Alexander Lloyd
2623 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

10 Jan 74 - 10 Feb 76
Air Commodore
Dilbagh Singh
2998 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

11 Feb 76 - 21 Dec 77
Air Commodore
Subramaniam Raghavendran
3840 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

22 Dec 77 - 01 Apr 79
Air Commodore
Robert Arnold Weir
3881 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

02 Apr 79 - 17 Sep 82
Air Commodore
Mohinder Singh Bawa
4494 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

18 Nov 82 - 02 Jan 85
Air Commodore
Brijesh Dhar Jayal
4972 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

03 Jan 85 - 05 Jan 87
Air Commodore
Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran
4973 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

08 Jan 87 - 01 Jan 89
Air Commodore
Dinanath Ramchander Nadkarni
5587 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

02 Jan 89 - 08 Mar 91
Air Commodore
Viney Kapila
5596 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

11 Mar 91 - 16 Dec 92
Air Commodore
Jogendra Singh Sisodia
7696 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

17 Dec 92 - 27 Feb 95
Air Commodore
Anil Kumar Trikha
8436 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

14 Mar 95 - 28 May 96
Air Commodore
Michael McMahon
7399 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

24 Jun 96 - 04 Jan 98
Air Commodore
Avdesh Kumar Singh
11005 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

05 Jan 98 - 31 Aug 00
Air Commodore
Karan Singh Chhina
12389 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

01 Sep 00 - 20 Oct 02
Air Commodore
Venkataraman Ramamurthy Iyer
12939 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

21 Oct 02 - 30 Sep 03
Air Commodore
Satish Kumar Sofat
12207 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

01 Oct 03 - 01 Sep 05
Air Commodore
Lalit Kumar Malhotra
13373 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

02 Sep 05 - 24 Jun 07
Air Commodore
Hitesh Hari Bhai Patel
14271 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

25 Jun 07 - 31 Mar 09
Air Commodore
Rahul Dhar
14561 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

01 Apr 09 - 29 Nov 10
Air Commodore
Anil Khosla
15871 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

30 Nov 10 - 13 Jun 12
Air Commodore
Prashant Nagaraja Kaushik
16783 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

14 Jun 12 - 20 Aug 14
Air Commodore
Dilip Kumar Patnaik
17464 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

21 Aug 14 - 01 Jan 17
Air Commodore
Tejinder Singh
18806 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

02 Jan 17 - 01 Jan 19
Air Commodore
Lalit Kumar Chawla
19871 F(P)
AOC
Ambala

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