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The 1947-48 Jammu & Kashmir Operations

The first test for the Independent Royal Indian Air Force came within months of August 15. The Operations of the 47-48 War were unique in the sense that this was the first time Transport aircraft of the IAF saw full time deployment in operations. Fighter squadrons also gained exposure and experience of operating in mountainous environment.

The Scale of Operations in the war can be assessed by the fact that 32 Officers and Airmen made the ultimate sacrifice in one and a half years of fighting. The IAF was awarded 4 MVCs and 29 VrCs.  In addition to the articles below, click on the following for other sections on the site related to the 47-48 War.

The Jammu & Kashmir Operations (1947-48) For a complete history of the war, read this book The General Service Medal 1947-48 with the Jammu and Kashmir Clasp
Image Galleries of the 47-48 War Book Review Medal Groups


Tempests over Skardu Wg Cdr K L Mathur (Retd)
An Overview of the RIAF in the Kashmir Ops P V S Jagan Mohan
The Relief of Leh R Chattopadhyay
Operation Poonching Kunal Verma
Reach for the Sky : Gp Capt Karori Lal Bhatia, VrC Col N N Bhatia (Retd)
Inside Occupied Kashmir P N Sharma
Battle Damage! Wg Cdr Donald Michael (Retd)
Exceptional Courage : Flt Lt A W Barrett The Barrett Family
My Experiences in the 47-48 War with 8 Squadron Gp Capt Micky Blake VrC (Retd)
Attack on Enemy Stronghold in Skardu Video Clip
Aircraft Losses in the 47-48 Operations Jagan Pillarisetti
The Dakotas of the 47-48 War. Jagan Pillarisetti

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