Eastern Air Command

The reorganisation of IAF led to the formation of No 1 Operational Group at Calcutta on 27 May 1958. This group was responsible for the operations of the IAF in the eastern as well as the central sector of the country. The threat perception arising due to the Chinese occupation of Tibet necessitated the formation of a Command that could effectively oversee the operations of the IAF in the eastern region of the country. With this primary aim, the No 1 Operational Group was upgraded to Eastern Air Command on 01 Dec 1959 at Calcutta. During the Indo-China Ccnflict of 1962, practical experience highlighted the difficulty of Kolkata being the location of Eastern Air Command. In order to have more effective operational control over the region of the north-east, the Command Headquarters was shifted to Shillong on 10 Jun 63.  Read Detailed History

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
07 Dec 59 to 28 Dec 61Air Vice MarshalKundan Lal Sondhi1566 GD(P)AOC-in-CCalcutta
03 Mar 62 to 01 Jan 63Air Vice MarshalKanwar Jaswant Singh1587 GD(P)AOC-in-CCalcutta
14 Jan 63 to 09 Jun 63Air Vice MarshalShivdev Singh1595 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
10 Jun 63 to 04 Aug 63Air Vice MarshalRamaswami Rajaram1573 GD(P)AOC-in-CShillong
05 Aug 63 to 30 Sep 64Air Vice MarshalMinoo Merwan Engineer1614 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Oct 64 to 30 Sep 66Air Vice MarshalYeshwant Vinayak Malse1616 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
28 Oct 66 to 31 Mar 68Air Vice MarshalRanjan Dutt1594 GD(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Apr 68 to 23 Mar 71Air MarshalHirendra Nath Chatterjee1620 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
24 Mar 71 to 31 Mar 73Air MarshalHari Chand Dewan1598 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Apr 73 to 21 Apr 76Air MarshalMaurice Barker1691 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
24 Apr 76 to 12 Aug 78Air MarshalLal Singh Grewal2337 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
04 Sep 78 to 02 Jan 81Air MarshalLakshman Madhav Katre3117 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
03 Jan 81 to 26 Feb 83Air MarshalMalcolm Shirley Dundas Wollen3641 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Mar 83 to 30 Nov 83Air MarshalDouglas George King-Lee3040 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Dec 83 to 31 Oct 84Air MarshalMinoo Jehangir Dotiwalla3839 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
05 Nov 84 to 31 Dec 87Air MarshalKapil Dev Chadha3845 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
08 Feb 88 to 31 Jan 91Air MarshalMan Mohan Sinha4408 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
11 Feb 91 to 05 Oct 91Air MarshalRajendra Kumar Dhawan4736 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
07 Oct 91 to 30 Mar 92Air MarshalBrijesh Dhar Jayal4972 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 May 92 to 31 Jan 95Air MarshalDushyant Singh5048 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Feb 95 to 31 Mar 96Air MarshalJanak Kapur5585 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Apr 96 to 03 Jan 99Air MarshalPrithvi Singh Brar6007 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
04 Jan 99 to 30 Nov 00Air MarshalKrishnan Narayan Nair6346 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Dec 00 to 20 Jan 02Air MarshalSatish Govind Inamdar7189 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
21 Jan 02 to 31 Oct 04Air MarshalManek Bomanshaw Madon7681 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Nov 04 to 21 Aug 05Air MarshalAvinash Deodata Joshi10886 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
05 Sep 05 to 30 Mar 07Air MarshalFali Homi Major11442 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Apr 07 to 31 Dec 07Air MarshalPranab Kumar Barbora12375 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Jan 08 to 31 Dec 09Air MarshalShiv Kumar Bhan12510 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Jan 10 to 31 Jul 11Air MarshalKrishan Kumar Nohwar13132 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Aug 11 to 30 Nov 12Air MarshalSimhakutty Varthaman13606 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Dec 12 to 31 Dec 13Air MarshalRavi Kant Sharma14088 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Jan 14 to 31 Dec 14Air MarshalRakesh Kumar Jolly14083 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Jan 15 to 31 Aug 15Air MarshalShirish Baban Deo15681 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Sep 15 to 31 Dec 16Air MarshalChandrashekharan Hari Kumar15881 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong
01 Jan 17 to Air MarshalAnil Khosla15871 F(P)AOC-in-CShillong