18th Pilots Course
18th Course on passing out of EFTS Jodhpur.
Standing Back Row, L to R: P/ O Tellis, P/ O Micky Blake, P/ O A. C. Manuel, P/ O Tew, P/ O Padukone, P/ O Bola Ramesh Rao (7Sqn, was weaver to Joe Ezekiel, based, I think, at Sinthe, when his Hurricane hit a wire trap across the Irrawaddy on 28. 4. 45), P/ O Chopra, F/ O Nanu Shitoley DFC, P/ O Hank Dutta
Standing Second Row, L to R: P/ O Bunny Cariappa (1Sqn, killed post-war Ariana flight), F/ O Eruch Dhatigara, P/ O Qazi, P/ O Qadir, P/ O Cecil Owen St. Vincent Norris (1Sqn, Bangalore boy of 20, shot near the heart while on a Tac-R Taunggon/ Mahlaing, a notorious flak area close to Meiktila on 26. 2. 45, flew back to Allied lines and force landed near a tank, whose crew admitted him into hospital, where he died the next day), P/ O Singha, P/ O Deva, P/ O Lloyd-Fonseca (later dropped the Fonseca and retired as A/ Cmde Lloyd), P/ O A. N. Banerjee
Sitting Front Row, L to R: P/ O Gurdayal Singh Sekhon(23 years old, 4Sqn, killed along with Joseph Anthony Martin in their Spit XIVe, when they crashed into a mountain at Okyama, while on patrol Miho/ Hiroshima on 11. 6. 47), F/ O J. Marley, F/ O Srinivasan, F/ O Mir, F/ O Jagbir Singh, F/ O Sengupta, F/ O Chand (8Sqn on Vengeances, retired as an A/ Cmde. His son was a transport jock who also retired as an A/ Cmde), F/ O Akut, P/ O Achreja.
(Courtesy : Mukund Murty)