The DHC-4 Caribou was inducted in the immediate aftermath of the 1962 India-China War. As part of the emergency aid that the United States and Canada diverted to India to help shore the effort against the chinese, two Caribous from the USAF were delivered to India, both aircraft arriving on 8 January 1963 at Palam. (Air Marshal Aspy Engineer, the CAS was at hand to receive the crews and the aircraft). The very next day, No.33 Squadron was raised on these two aircraft (BM768 and BM769). Quite soon after their arrival the two Caribous were used in POW evacuation missions from Walong and other forward locations in March 1963.
A rare colour photo of Caribou BM780. Inducted in 1964, its final resting place is at Cape May Airport, New Jersey, USA. Photo Courtesy: Phil Camp
Overhauled Caribou in Bangalore
HAL Technical crew members with one of the first Caribous that was overhauled at HAL. Photo: HAL
BM769 at Caribou Memorial, Walong
BM769 crashed at Walong in 1985 and was hauled to the side of the landing ground in 1987. It remained there for seventeen years till 2004 when it was moved to Shillong. Photo : Joydeep Sircar
Overhauled Caribou in Bangalore
One of the Caribous overhauled by HAL Bangalore - possibly BM775. Photo: HAL
War veteran BM770
Caribou BM770 was the first new delivery from De Havilland Canada to the Indian Air Force. During the 1971 War, Flight Lieutenant R.K. Bishnoi flew this Caribou, BM770, on a single engine, in total darkness, from Sylhet to Kumbhirgram after his engine was
A Caribou lands at the Walong ALG in 1963
A Caribou lands at the Walong ALG in 1963. Note the Otter parked midway alongside the runway. Even today one of the Caribous which became unserviceable can be seen at Walong in a makeshift memorial.
Caribou Mishimi Princess at Jammu
A De Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou BM773 named as Mishimi Princess parked in Jammu.
Caribou M2167 in France
N90573 is seen at France (Mulhouse) on route to India to join the IAF as M2167
All Metal Caribou
DHC-4 Caribou M935 seen in a very unusual natural metal scheme.
M935 on way to India
Tom Singfield took this Pre-Delivery photograph of M935 in an all natural metal scheme.
BM772 and BM774 at RAF Muharraq
Caribous BM772 & 774 at RAF Muharraq on 21 Dec 63 . Both aircraft were proceeding to India for service with No.33 Squadron.
BM773 at RAF Muharraq
Gordon Macadie captured this wonderful shot of BM773 at RAF Muharraq in Bahrain. He writes "The Caribous were on delivery through Bahrain (RAF Muharraq)... They departed Bahrain to Jamnagar. I remember they had that brand new smell about them."
BM774 at RAF Muharraq (Pre-Delivery)
Gordon Macadie captured this wonderful shot of BM774 at RAF Muharraq in Bahrain. He writes "The Caribous were on delivery through Bahrain (RAF Muharraq)... They departed Bahrain to Jamnagar. I remember they had that brand new smell about them."
BM775 undergoing maintenance at HAL
A DHC-4 Caribou BM775 undergoing repairs in the mid-60s. Operating in the transport role, these aircraft served the Indian AF from 1963 to 1987.
Dropping supplies at Killar
The Caribou dropping supplies at Killar in 1980
Caribou formating in air
A Caribou formating on another during formation flying training at the base in Gauhatis 19 Wing around Feb 66.