Armament Training Wing


Date Raised : 1951-04-01 Disbanded : 1978-04-21 Location : Jamnagar
After Independence, the IAF setup the Armament Training Wing for Air to Ground and Air to Air Armament training. It had an air to ground range at Sarmat and and air to air range in gulf of Kutch near the coastal strip of Jodhya - Balachandi. The ATW had a staff of PAIs (Pilot Attack instructors) who conducted the training. It has no aircrafts of its own except a few Dakotas. The ATW staff was considered the cream the fighter pilots. In 1957-58 a PAI School (Pilot Attack Instructors) was formed to train instructors. A new Air to Air range was bought into Gulf of Arabia. In 1964, a new operational Conversion Units (OCU) was formed with Hunter aircraft. the PAI school was closed in 1975. OCU moved out and TACDE moved in. On 22 April 1978, ATW was converted into a operational wing by the name of 33 Wing.

Commanding Officers


01 Apr 51 - 11 Oct 52
Wing Commander
Padam Singh Gill
1656 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jamnagar

12 Oct 52 - 05 Oct 55
Wing Commander
Sidney Basil Noronha
1735 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Jamnagar

06 Oct 55 - 15 Jun 58
Wing Commander
Keki Nadirshah Gocal
1764 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Jamnagar

01 Jul 58 - 09 Feb 60
Group Captain
Om Prakash Mehra
1639 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jamnagar

10 Feb 60 - 23 Apr 63
Group Captain
Ramachandra Balaji Godkhindi
1760 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Jamnagar

24 Apr 63 - 14 Jan 64
Group Captain
Pothery Charuvary Ramachandran
3514 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Jamnagar

15 Jan 64 - 09 Oct 66
Group Captain
George Henry King
2386 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Jamnagar

10 Oct 66 - 03 Apr 68
Group Captain
Shamrao Ramrao Powar
3100 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jamnagar

04 Apr 68 - 01 Mar 72
Group Captain
Peter Maynard Wilson
3590 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jamnagar

02 Mar 72 - 05 Jan 75
Group Captain
Surapati Bhattacharya
3974 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jamnagar

06 Jan 75 - 14 Mar 76
Group Captain
Surendra Kumar Mehra
4197 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jamnagar

15 Mar 76 - 01 Jan 78
Group Captain
Mohinder Singh Bawa
4494 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Jamnagar
Unit continued existence as 33 Wing

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