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The Royal Indian Air Force in the Second World War

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Video - IAF Volunteer Reserve Pilots In Britain (Nov 1940)

We love making annotations to WW2 era footage that surfaces showing Indian pilots. This latest one is a British Publicity film released by British Pathe Archive on Youtube. 

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The contribution of the RIAF in WW2 (in Numbers)

The IAF grew in size from 1 single squadron to ten squadrons by the end of the Second World War. But it was still dwarfed by the size of the Allied air forces in India at that time. A detailed look at how the IAF grew over the years, and what it contributed..

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Anatomy of a Tac-R Hurricane Sortie

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Sikh Pilots in the IAF in WW2

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No. 6 Squadron - The First Five Years

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The Indian Gift Squadrons

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Wg Cdr F S "Logger" Powley DFC, AFC.

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Tales Of Vengeance

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No.1 Squadron “Tigers” and the Imphal Siege

The complete story of No.1 Squadron's operations in the Imphal Battle told in detail never before known. First published in an abridged form for the WW2 Imphal Battle Commemoration Brochure. This article also puts names to the unknown faces - and lists out those who sacrificed their lives in the battle.

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Video : Vultee Vengeances of No.8 Squadron, IAF

 The Australian War Memorial Museum released a six minute long video of Vultee Vengeances of No.8 Squadron.

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"I Join the RIAF"

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"I join the RIAF" - The journey of Naresh Kumar Midha is a lovely recruitment brochure was bought out sometime after September 1949 (Before the RIAF dropped its "Royal" prefix in Jan 1950) . The brochure provides the story of Naresh Kumar Midha (later Air Commodore (Retd)) who was commissioned on 3 September 1949. The brochure is 24 pages (including the covers) and is illustrated throughout.

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Subcategories

  • Veterans Project - Interviews, Profiles and Memoirs

    The WW2 Veterans Project : WWII Veteran Encounters, Profiles and Memoirs started off in earnest in 2002 when between a small group of like minded enthusiasts, an effort was made to locate and interview WW2 veterans of the Indian Air Force.  With the dwindling number of veterans every passing year, the effort continues in terms of family members writing profiles of their loved ones who took part in the war - and in keeping their memories alive.

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