Operational Command (WAC)


Date Raised : 1949-07-22 Disbanded : 1963-06-09 Location : Delhi
At the time of independence, the Air Force were organised into two groups. The No 1 Operational Group controlled all the flying units including the flying training units. On 22nd July 1949 the No 1 Operational Group was re- designated as the Operational Command. The Air Officer Commanding the Operational Command was then of the rank of an Air Commodore. This was upgraded to the rank of Air Vice Marshal in 1958 and later to the rank of Air Marshal. The Command assumed its present name of Headquarters Western Air Command on 1th June 1963, primarily as a consequence of formation of other operational commands and demarcation of specific areas of responsibility. Read Detailed History

Commanding Officers


22 Jul 49 - 11 Dec 50
Air Commodore
Aspy Merwan Engineer
1554 GD(P)
AOC
Delhi

12 Dec 50 - 11 Dec 52
Air Commodore
Arjan Singh
1577 GD(P)
AOC
Delhi

12 Dec 52 - 01 Dec 55
Air Commodore
Diwan Atma Ram Nanda
1562 GD(P)
AOC
Delhi

08 Dec 55 - 30 Apr 58
Air Commodore
Arjan Singh
1577 GD(P)
AOC
Delhi

01 May 58 - 18 Dec 59
Air Vice Marshal
Arjan Singh
1577 GD(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

31 Dec 59 - 09 Jun 63
Air Vice Marshal
Erlic Wilmot Pinto
1593 GD(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi