Western Air Command


Date Raised : 1963-06-10 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.
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Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
10 Jun 63 to 22 Nov 63Air Vice Marshal Erlic Wilmot Pinto1593 GD(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
24 Nov 63 to 30 Sep 64Air Vice Marshal Pratap Chandra Lal1567 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Oct 64 to 04 Mar 66Air Vice Marshal Ramaswami Rajaram1573 GD(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
05 Mar 66 to 29 Feb 68Air Vice Marshal Shivdev Singh1595 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Mar 68 to 31 Jul 69Air Marshal Shivdev Singh1595 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
06 Aug 69 to 31 Mar 73Air Marshal Minoo Merwan Engineer1614 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Apr 73 to 31 Jan 76Air Marshal Hrushikesh Moolgavkar1644 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Mar 76 to 03 Sep 78Air Marshal Edul Jahangir Dhatigara1899 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
04 Sep 78 to 31 Dec 80Air Marshal Dilbagh Singh2998 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
05 Jan 81 to 28 Feb 83Air Marshal Lakshman Madhav Katre3117 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Mar 83 to 03 Sep 84Air Marshal Malcolm Shirley Dundas Wollen3641 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Nov 84 to 02 Jul 85Air Marshal Denis Anthony Lafontaine3844 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
22 Aug 85 to 31 Jul 88Air Marshal Man Mohan Singh4023 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Aug 88 to 30 Apr 92Air Marshal Prithi Singh4480 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 May 92 to 30 Jul 93Air Marshal Swaroop Krishna Kaul4721 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
03 Sep 93 to 05 Jun 94Air Marshal Pratap Rao5188 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
06 Jun 94 to 31 Jul 95Air Marshal Satish Kumar Sareen5370 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Aug 95 to 31 Mar 97Air Marshal Anil Yeshwant Tipnis5859 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Apr 97 to 31 Oct 99Air Marshal Vinod Patney6125 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Nov 99 to 31 Jul 01Air Marshal Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy6338 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Aug 01 to 28 Apr 02Air Marshal Vinod Kumar Bhatia6497 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
29 Apr 02 to 16 Nov 03Air Marshal Adi Rustom Ghandhi7722 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
17 Nov 03 to 31 Dec 04Air Marshal Shashindra Pal Tyagi8130 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Jan 05 to 31 Jan 07Air Marshal Avdesh Kumar Singh11005 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Feb 07 to 31 Dec 07Air Marshal Padamjit Singh Ahluwalia11631 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Jan 08 to 31 May 09Air Marshal Pranab Kumar Barbora12375 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Jun 09 to 31 Dec 10Air Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne13129 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Jan 11 to 31 May 12Air Marshal Dinesh Chandra Kumaria13366 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Jun 12 to 30 Jun 13Air Marshal Arup Raha13910 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Jul 13 to 31 Aug 15Air Marshal Suneet Shripad Soman14681 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Sep 15 to 31 Dec 16Air Marshal Shirish Baban Deo15681 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Jan 17 to 28 Feb 19Air Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar15881 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi
01 Mar 19 to Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar16378 F(P)AOC-in-CDelhi

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