Chiefs of Air Staff
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Acknowledgments: Bharat Rakshak expresses its gratitude for the help received from various quarters in the making of this particular section. Namely retired Air Chiefs - Denis La Fontaine, Idris H. Latif, S.K. Mehra, S.K. Sareen and other individuals who came forward to contribute like David Fell, Pradeep Mehra, Hugh Halliday and Ekalavya. Bharat Rakshak also acknowledges the Indian Air Force's direct help from Vayu Bhavan and indirect help in the form of its year books, Air Marshal (retd.) M.S. Chaturvedi's 'History of Indian Air Force' and other published sources
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This section offers biographical information on those officers whose actions have made a lasting impact on the Indian Air Force (IAF). In addition to their own distinguished service records, each person listed has contributed to making the IAF the professional force that is. This list is by no means complete and we intend to add to this, in the days to come.Note: This section does not include those officers who became Chiefs of Air Staff
Roll of Honour
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During the Second World War and the events leading upto Independence, 202 Officers and 565 Other Ranks of the Undivided Royal Indian Air Force died in service. Their sacrifices are commemorated by the Commonwealth War Grave Commission through special memorials and cemeteries maintained all around the globe. In India, These memorials are at Karachi, Delhi and at Bangladesh. The cemeteries are also spread out and maintained at many places throughout the Sub-Continent. The Roll of Honour does not include RAF personnel attached to the Indian Air Force during World War 2 nor RAF personnel of Indian Origin.
In the numerous wars after Independence, 81 Officers and 53 Other Ranks died on the battlefield. Starting with the 1948 Kashmir conflict to the more recent 1999 Kargil fighting, These airmen and officers have kept the IAF flag flying high at the cost of their lives. The Post-Independence Roll of Honour does not cover peace-time casualities.
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There are many who served in the air force and left their mark in a quiet unassuming manner. They are not well known war heroes, or highly visible senior officers. Yet their contribution cannot be ignored. They are fondly remembered by their coursemates, family members and friends - This section hosts tributes to such unsung officers and men of the IAF who will forever be remembered.