RIAF Aircraft Service Timeline

Timeline of Aircraft induction and service with various Indian Air Force Squadrons in WW2.

This list has been built after referring to original documents from archives in UK and India. In some cases the dates may be off by a matter of days, but are usually quite accurate to the month.

There maybe some discrepancy regarding units operating the Spitfire. Many of them started off on the Merlin engined Spitfire VIII and then re-equipped with the Griffon engined Spitfire XIV. In some cases they retained one or two Spitfire VIIIs even after getting their full complement of Spitfire XIVs.

Additionally most squadrons, after equipping with Hurricanes, Vengeances, Spitfires and Tempests operated a Harvard trainer alongside for Utility and Training duties.

© Jagan Pillarisetti (2013-11-06)