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


10 Jun 63 - 22 Nov 63
Air Vice Marshal
Erlic Wilmot Pinto
1593 GD(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

24 Nov 63 - 30 Sep 64
Air Vice Marshal
Pratap Chandra Lal
1567 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Oct 64 - 04 Mar 66
Air Vice Marshal
Ramaswami Rajaram
1573 GD(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

05 Mar 66 - 29 Feb 68
Air Vice Marshal
Shivdev Singh
1595 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Mar 68 - 31 Jul 69
Air Marshal
Shivdev Singh
1595 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

06 Aug 69 - 31 Mar 73
Air Marshal
Minoo Merwan Engineer
1614 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Apr 73 - 31 Jan 76
Air Marshal
Hrushikesh Moolgavkar
1644 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Mar 76 - 03 Sep 78
Air Marshal
Edul Jahangir Dhatigara
1899 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

04 Sep 78 - 31 Dec 80
Air Marshal
Dilbagh Singh
2998 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

05 Jan 81 - 28 Feb 83
Air Marshal
Lakshman Madhav Katre
3117 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Mar 83 - 03 Sep 84
Air Marshal
Malcolm Shirley Dundas Wollen
3641 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Nov 84 - 02 Jul 85
Air Marshal
Denis Anthony Lafontaine
3844 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

22 Aug 85 - 31 Jul 88
Air Marshal
Man Mohan Singh
4023 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Aug 88 - 30 Apr 92
Air Marshal
Prithi Singh
4480 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 May 92 - 30 Jul 93
Air Marshal
Swaroop Krishna Kaul
4721 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

03 Sep 93 - 05 Jun 94
Air Marshal
Pratap Rao
5188 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

06 Jun 94 - 31 Jul 95
Air Marshal
Satish Kumar Sareen
5370 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Aug 95 - 31 Mar 97
Air Marshal
Anil Yeshwant Tipnis
5859 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Apr 97 - 31 Oct 99
Air Marshal
Vinod Patney
6125 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Nov 99 - 31 Jul 01
Air Marshal
Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy
6338 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Aug 01 - 28 Apr 02
Air Marshal
Vinod Kumar Bhatia
6497 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

29 Apr 02 - 16 Nov 03
Air Marshal
Adi Rustom Ghandhi
7722 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

17 Nov 03 - 31 Dec 04
Air Marshal
Shashindra Pal Tyagi
8130 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Jan 05 - 31 Jan 07
Air Marshal
Avdesh Kumar Singh
11005 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Feb 07 - 31 Dec 07
Air Marshal
Padamjit Singh Ahluwalia
11631 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Jan 08 - 31 May 09
Air Marshal
Pranab Kumar Barbora
12375 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Jun 09 - 31 Dec 10
Air Marshal
Norman Anil Kumar Browne
13129 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Jan 11 - 31 May 12
Air Marshal
Dinesh Chandra Kumaria
13366 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Jun 12 - 30 Jun 13
Air Marshal
Arup Raha
13910 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Jul 13 - 31 Aug 15
Air Marshal
Suneet Shripad Soman
14681 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Sep 15 - 31 Dec 16
Air Marshal
Shirish Baban Deo
15681 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Jan 17 - 28 Feb 19
Air Marshal
Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar
15881 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Mar 19 - 31 Oct 19
Air Marshal
Raghunath Nambiar
16378 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

01 Nov 19 -
Air Marshal
Balakrishnan Suresh
16206 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Delhi

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