No.8 Squadron Eight Pursoots

Motto : Surakshya Va Akraman (Offense is Defence)
Date Raised : 1942-12-01

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


01 Dec 42 - 26 Mar 44
Squadron Leader
Niranjan Prasad
1586 GD(P)
CO
Trichinopoly/ Phapha

27 Mar 44 - 06 Dec 44
Squadron Leader
I A Sutherland
RAF
CO
Manpur/ Cox Bazaar

07 Dec 44 - 10 Jan 45
Flight Lieutenant
N Dugdale
RAF
CO
Amarada Road

10 Jan 45 - 04 Jun 45
Squadron Leader
MW Coombes
RAF
CO
Baigachi

05 Jun 45 - 30 Nov 45
Squadron Leader
JS Humphreys
RAF
CO
Baigachi/ Mingaladon

30 Nov 45 - 09 Oct 46
Squadron Leader
Minoo Merwan Engineer
1614 F(P)
CO
Mingaladon/ Trichino

09 Oct 46 - 10 Nov 46
Flight Lieutenant
Kashinath Baburao Joshi
2427 GD(P)
CO
Kolar

18 Dec 46 - 18 Jul 47
Squadron Leader
Zafar Ahmed Shah
1805 GD(P)
CO
Kolar/ Pune

19 Jul 47 - 29 Feb 48
Squadron Leader
Padam Singh Gill
1656 F(P)
CO
Pune

01 Mar 48 - 15 Dec 48
Squadron Leader
Manohar Maharudrappa Sakhare
1679 GD(P)
CO
Pune

16 Dec 48 - 29 May 50
Squadron Leader
Rustom Sorabji Kalyaniwala
1869 GD(P)
CO
Palam

30 May 50 - 28 May 52
Squadron Leader
Madhav Bhawrao Naik
1874 F(P)
CO
Palam

29 May 52 - 31 May 53
Squadron Leader
Yeshwant Ramachandra Agtey
2715 F(P)
CO
Palam

01 Jun 53 - 08 Apr 56
Squadron Leader
Roshan Lal Suri
2459 F(P)
CO
Palam/ Ambala

09 Apr 56 - 16 Jan 57
Squadron Leader
Potula Venkata Sobhan Ram
3084 GD(P)
CO
Ambala/ Kalaikunda

17 Jan 57 - 10 Apr 59
Squadron Leader
Regionald Louis Sayce
3086 GD(P)
CO
Kalaikunda

11 Apr 59 - 22 Apr 62
Squadron Leader
William Macdonald Goodman
3571 F(P)
CO
Kalaikunda

21 Oct 62 - 22 Nov 64
Wing Commander
Subhas Ranjan Bose
3152 F(P)
CO
Palam/ Adampur

23 Nov 64 - 15 Oct 65
Wing Commander
Edwin Noble Millicans
3161 GD(P)
CO
Adampur

16 Oct 65 - 07 Apr 68
Wing Commander
Patrick Russell Earle
3965 GD(P)
CO
Ambala

08 Apr 68 - 08 Dec 68
Wing Commander
Sanwal Shah
4421 F(P)
CO
Ambala

23 Dec 68 - 10 Jan 71
Wing Commander
Partha Kumar Dey
4404 F(P)
CO
Ambala

11 Jan 71 - 02 Dec 73
Wing Commander
Amia Kumar Sen
4717 F(P)
CO
Ambala/ Pune

03 Dec 73 - 31 May 76
Wing Commander
Arun Trimbak Thakur
4985 F(P)
CO
Pune

01 Jun 76 - 14 Nov 76
Wing Commander
Kodendera Cariappa Cariappa
5376 F(P)
CO
Pune

15 Nov 76 - 25 Nov 79
Wing Commander
Ramesh Shridhar Hardas
5308 F(P)
CO
Pune/ Tezpur

26 Nov 79 - 14 Mar 82
Wing Commander
Manjit Singh Sekhon
6756 F(P)
CO
Tezpur

15 Mar 82 - 08 Jul 84
Wing Commander
Vasudevan Vatsalan Nair
7693 F(P)
CO
Tezpur

09 Jul 84 - 15 Jun 86
Wing Commander
Henery Osborne Robey
10166 F(P)
CO
Tezpur

16 Jun 86 - 12 Jul 87
Wing Commander
Chandra Nath Ghosh
10124 F(P)
CO
Tezpur/ Hasimara

12 Sep 87 - 18 Jun 89
Wing Commander
Christopher Michael James
11593 F(P)
CO
Hashimara/ Bagdogra

19 Jun 89 - 16 Jun 91
Wing Commander
Phillip Frank Montes
12524 F(P)
CO
Bagdogra

17 Jun 91 - 27 Jun 93
Wing Commander
Ajit Singh
13147 F(P)
CO
Bagdogra

28 Jun 93 - 10 Jul 95
Wing Commander
Sapan Kumar Karmaker
13379 F(P)
CO
Bagdogra

11 Jul 95 - 20 Jul 97
Wing Commander
Charles James Weir
14697 F(P)
CO
Bagdogra

21 Jul 97 - 22 Aug 99
Wing Commander
Arvind Singh Karki
15048 F(P)
CO
Bagdogra

23 Aug 99 - 13 Jul 00
Wing Commander
Anil Kumar Murgai
16212 F(P)
CO
Bagdogra

09 Aug 00 - 06 Oct 02
Wing Commander
Tejinder Pal Singh
16781 F(P)
CO


07 Oct 02 - 14 Nov 02
Wing Commander
Naresh Dogra
17839 F(P)
CO


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