The Royal Indian Air Force in the Second World War

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"I Join the RIAF"


"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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Video : Planes of Hindustan

Planes of Hindustan was one of the earliest World War II documentaries to be made in India and it was the second to be produced by the company Wadia. The film has rare footage of No.1 Squadron from early 1940, However further information is missing on details available in the film. We have taken the effort to use the power of Youtube to provide additional "Annotations" on the film. There are a total of 27 annotations provided

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Pilot Officer Phillipos - Accounts Branch Officer in WW2

Updated 03 February 2018: We regret to inform that Wg Cdr A Philipos passed away in Bengaluru on 31st January 2018. He was 101 years old.  Original: Wg Cdr A Phillipos  3033 GD(P) was commissioned as an Accounts Branch Officer in 1944.  He recently turned 100 years old and was felicitated by the Air Force Records Office in Bangalore. In this short article, he writes about his introduction to service life under the British.   

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Flying Officer Kartar Singh Saund - a Photo Album

Kartar Singh Saund (IND/1664 was commissioned into the Indian Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1941. He joined No.2 Squadron after training and flew Lysander and Hurricane fighters. He died on the frontline in 1943 at Imphal - His family had preserved his photos for over seventy years - before showcasing them here. A profile of Kartar Singh Saund has also been researched and published along with the album.

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  • 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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