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Date Raised : 1947-08-14 Location : Agra
In October 1941, 50 India Para Brigade was formed with HQ at Delhi and Air Landing School (ALS) at Safdarjung Airport in Delhi. In 1942 ALS was renamed as 3 PTS and moved to Chakalaand understook the first course. A PJI batch started to be given post WWII. At independence, Sqn Ldr TS Gopalan was OC and he moved the unit to Agra. He also contineud to be the CI and CO till 1950. Initially, Dakota, Valencia , Halifax were used by the unit and the Dakota continued to be with the unit till 1966. In 1962 the C-119 Packet was also added to the unit strength

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
14 Aug 47 to 01 Apr 50Squadron Leader Thirumalai Iyengar Srinivasagopalan2661 A&SDCOAgra
02 Apr 50 to 25 May 50Wing Commander Yeshwant Vinayak Malse1616 F(P)COAgra
26 May 50 to 19 Apr 53Wing Commander Azeez Lodhie1584 GD(P)COAgra
20 Apr 53 to 29 Mar 54Wing Commander Kartik Chandra Sarkar1589 GD(P)COAgra
30 Mar 54 to 06 Mar 55Wing Commander Damodar Madhao Oka1813 GD(P)COAgra
23 Jun 55 to 10 Oct 57Wing Commander Ranendu Sen1618 GD(P)COAgra
11 Oct 57 to 05 Mar 59Wing Commander Jacob Andrews2378 GD(P)COAgra
06 Mar 59 to 19 Jun 60Wing Commander Tekchand Gopaldas Kelly1753 GD(P)COAgra
20 Jun 60 to 07 Jun 61Wing Commander Gurbaksh Singh1852 GD(P)COAgra
19 Jun 61 to 06 Aug 63Wing Commander Shanti Pada Dutta2000 GD(P)COAgra
07 Aug 63 to 24 May 65Wing Commander Tarit Bhushan Choudhury3087 GD(P)COAgra
07 Jun 65 to 30 Nov 65Wing Commander Bheemsen Laxman Shelar3648 GD(P)COAgra
01 Dec 65 to 16 Aug 66Wing Commander Angelo Reginald Lobo3957 F(P)COAgra
02 Sep 66 to 31 May 68Wing Commander Surendra Sahney3860 F(P)COAgra
10 Jun 68 to 28 Mar 71Wing Commander Vishnu Bharat Raj Misra4354 F(P)COAgra
30 Mar 71 to 27 Sep 73Wing Commander Suresh Chand4585 F(P)COAgra
27 Sep 73 to 14 Jun 75Wing Commander Melatur Srinivasa Muthuswami4714 F(P)COAgra
14 Jul 75 to 18 Dec 76Wing Commander Shreekant Harishchandra Pednekar5035 F(P)COAgra
20 Dec 76 to 10 Dec 79Wing Commander Nestor Joseph De Conceicao5669 F(P)COAgra
10 Dec 79 to 27 Oct 80Wing Commander Ravinder Kumar Blaggana6530 F(P)COAgra
27 Oct 80 to 20 Mar 82Group Captain Kashi Nath Johry4834 F(P)COAgra
21 Mar 82 to 03 Jan 84Group Captain Diba Kar Ghose4797 F(P)COAgra
04 Jan 84 to 17 Mar 86Group Captain Chitta Ranjan Ghosh6141 F(P)COAgra
17 Mar 86 to 09 Dec 87Group Captain Bandi Kesava Rao Sunder8201 F(P)COAgra
10 Dec 87 to 08 Apr 90Group Captain Ranjit Singh Mann7433 F(P)COAgra
09 Apr 90 to 27 Dec 92Group Captain Pradip Bhagat7412 F(P)COAgra
28 Dec 92 to 11 Mar 96Group Captain Vrittamani Srinivasaiyangar Govindarajan12232 F(P)COAgra
18 Mar 96 to 25 May 97Group Captain Suryakant Nijanand Bal10940 F(P)COAgra
26 May 97 to 05 Sep 99Group Captain Sudhir Kumar Sinha14084 F(P)COAgra
06 Sep 99 to 01 Apr 01Group Captain Kulmanbir Singh Hundal12784 F(P)COAgra
16 Aug 01 to 15 Apr 03Group Captain Vinod Kumar Singh15192 F(P)COAgra
16 Apr 03 to 03 Aug 04Group Captain Jabli Chandra Sekhar16374 F(P)COAgra
16 Aug 04 to 31 Jul 07Group Captain Basant Kumar Desh15876 F(P)COAgra
01 Aug 07 to 01 Jul 08Group Captain Joseph Vithayathil Paul17165 F(P)COAgra
02 Jul 08 to 20 Jun 10Group Captain Venkataramanan Nagarajan16999 F(P)COAgra
21 Jun 10 to 29 Apr 12Group Captain Bakul Vaikunthrai Upadhyay18281 F(P)COAgra
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