THE INDIAN AIR
FORCE IN THE LIBERATION
The fourteen day Bangladesh War in 1971 marked a decisive victory for
Indian Arms and established the Indian Air Force's supremacy in South Asia.Accounts that
follow below have been contributed by various sources and the authors' names appear next
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OF THE 1971 AIR WAR
- 22nd November
1971 - Jagan Pillarisetti
No.22 Squadron's Classic
dogfight with PAF Sabres over Boyra before the Battles began!
over Dacca - Air Vice Marshal B.K. Bishnoi (Retd)
The commanding officer
of No.28 Squadron 'First Supersonics' narrates the strikes over Dacca and the rest of the
- Dacca - After Surrender - Photo
Album (12 Images)
Various Photographs taken in
and around Tezgoan and Kurmitola after the surrender
- The Raid on
Peshawar - Jagan Pillarisetti
Revisiting the Raid on
Peshawar from bothsides of the fence
- Of Sabres and
Sukhois - Polly Singh
The first raid planned by
No.32 Squadron 'Thunderbirds' on Dec 4 resulted in skirmishes with Sabres.
- Shorkot Road Attack
- Air Marshal Vinod Kumar Bhatia
The other mission by No.32
Squadron on Dec 4 was on Shorkot Road, which was blitzed with four missions over two days.
- Saga of
Longewala - Air Marshal (retd.) M.S. Bawa
Air Marshal Bawa was the commander of
Jaisalmer AFB, whose Hunters decimated the Pakistani Tank Regiment at Longewala
- Battle of Longewala -
Wg Cdr (retd.) K.S.Suresh Vr.C
Another detailed look at Longewala by
one of the Hunter pilots who flew those missions
- No.122 Squadron at
Jaisalmer - Photo Album of the Longewala fame unit.
Photographs of the pilots and
officers of Jaisalmer Air Force Station who carried out the airstrikes at Longewala.
- In and Out of the
Cockpit - Air Marshal (retd.) K D K Lewis
At the receiving end of a PAF
attack and being fortunate to survive!
- Supersonic Air Combat
- Vayu Aerospace Review
The first Supersonic Air
Combat in the Indian Sub Continental History - An F-104 gets shot down by a MiG-21 over
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