Appendices

 

APPENDIX A: 

PAF CLAIMS VS. OFFICIAL LIST OF IAF LOSSES

 

 

The following shows a list of air combat kills claimed by the Pakistan Air Force and the losses in the air as per Indian records.

Table A: List of air kills claimed by the PAF (Courtesy of Tomas Polak, Czech Republic)

Note: W/C - Wing Commander, S/L - Squadron Leader, F/L - Flight Lieutenant, F/O - Flying Officer

Date

PAF Claims

Actual Losses

PAF a/c and Sqn. No

Name of Claimant

Location

01 -Sep-65

2 Vampires

2 Vampires

F-86, No.5

S/L S.A. Rafique

Chamb

01 -Sep-65

2 Vampires

1 Vampires

F-86, No.15

F/L Imtiaz Bhatti

Chamb

03 -Sep-65

1 Gnat

1 Gnat

F-104, No.9

F/L Hakimullah

Pasrur

06 -Sep-65

1 Mystere

0

F-104, No.9

S/L A.A. Khan

Rohri

06 -Sep-65

2 Hunters

1 Hunter

F-86, No.11

S/L M.M. Alam

Tarn Tarn

06 -Sep-65

1 Hunter

1 Hunter

F-86, No.5

S/L S.A. Rafique

Halwara

06 -Sep-65

3 Hunters

1 Hunters

F-86, No.5

F/L Cecil Choudary

Halwara

06 -Sep-65

1 Hunter

0

F-86, No.5

F/L Yunus Hussain

Halwara

07 -Sep-65

5 Hunters

3 Hunters

F-86, No.11

S/L M.M. Alam

Sargodha

07 -Sep-65

1 Mystere

0

F-86, No.18

S/L Alauddin Ahmed

Sargodha

07 -Sep-65

1 Mystere

1 Mystere

F-104, No.9

F/L Amjad Hussain

Sargodha

07 -Sep-65

1 Mystere

1 Mystere

F-86, No.?

F/L A.H. Malik

Sargodha

10 -Sep-65

1 Gnat

0

F-86, No.19

S/L Muniruddin Ahmed

Kasur

10 -Sep-65

1 Gnat

0

F-86, No.5

F/L Cecil Choudary

Kasur

13 -Sep-65

1 Gnat

1 Gnat

F-86, No.11

F/L Yusuf Ali Khan

Amritsar

14 -Sep-65

1 Canberra

0

F-104, No.9

S/L M. H. Middlecoat

Sargodha

15 -Sep-65

1 Canberra

0

F-86, No.5

F/L Cecil Choudary

Lahore

16 -Sep-65

2 Hunters

1 Hunter

F-86, No.11

S/L M.M. Alam

Halwara

18 -Sep-65

1 Gnat

0

F-86, No.?

F/L S.S. Hatmi

Tarn Tarn

19 -Sep-65

1 Gnat

1 Gnat

F-86, No.?

S/L Saiful Azam

Sialkot

20 -Sep-65

1 Hunter

1 Hunter

F-86, No.?

S/L Changezi

Lahore

20 -Sep-65

1 Hunter

1 Hunter

F-86, No.?

F/L S.N.A. Jilani

Lahore

21 -Sep-65

1 Canberra

1 Canberra

F-104, No.9

W/C J.A. Khan

Sargodha

 N/K

1 Auster

0

F-86, No.18

F/O Qais

Badin

Total

35 Claimed Losses

18 Official Losses

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APPENDIX B

IAF CLAIMS VS. OFFICIAL LIST OF PAF LOSSES


Pakistan admits the loss of about 19 of its aircraft belonging to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). These are broken up into 13 F-86s, two F-104 Starfighters and four B-57 Canberras. There were losses from other wings, of which positive proof in terms of wreckage was recovered.

These include a Bell Helicopter and an Auster AOP aircraft of the Pakistan Army Aviation. This list is from John Fricker's Battle for Pakistan, Ian Allan. Thanks to Rakesh Koshy for sending this list.


Table A: Indian Air Force Claims in the Air

Note: W/C - Wing Commander, S/L - Squadron Leader, F/L - Flight Lieutenant, F/O - Flying Officer

Date Aircraft Type Pilot Aircraft & Sqn. Location

03-Sep

F-86 Sabre

S/L Trevor Keelor

Gnat - No.23 Sqn

Over Chamb

04-Sep

F-86 Sabre

F/L V.S. Pathania

Gnat - No.23 Sqn

Over Chamb

06-Sep

F-86 Sabre

F/O A.R. Gandhi

Hunter - No. 7 Sqn

Halwara

06-Sep

F-86 Sabre

F/L D.N. Rathore

Hunter - No.27 Sqn

Halwara

06-Sep

F-86 Sabre

F/O V.K. Neb

Hunter - No.27 Sqn

Halwara

07-Sep

F-104 Starfighter

S/L A.B. Devayya

Mystere - No.1 Sqn

Sargodha

07-Sep

F-86 Sabre

F/L A.T. Cooke

Hunter - No.14 Sqn

Kalaikonda

07-Sep

F-86 Sabre

F/O S.C. Mamgain

Hunter - No.14 Sqn

Kalaikonda

14-Sep

F-86 Sabre

W/C Bharat Singh

Gnat - No.2 Sqn

Lahore

16-Sep

F-86 Sabre

F/O P.S. Pingale

Hunter - No. 7 Sqn

Khem Karan

18-Sep

F-86 Sabre

S/L A.S. Sandhu

Gnat - No.23 Sqn

Lahore

19-Sep

F-86 Sabre

S/L Denzil Keelor

Gnat - No.9 Sqn

Sialkot

19-Sep

F-86 Sabre

F/O Vinay Kapila

Gnat - No.9 Sqn

Sialkot

20-Sep

F-86 Sabre

F/O A.K. Mazumdar

Gnat - No.2 Sqn

Kasur


Table B: Official List of Pakistani Losses

Note: W/C - Wing Commander, S/L - Squadron Leader, F/L - Flight Lieutenant, F/O - Flying Officer

Date Rank and Name of PAF Pilot, with Aircraft Type Cause Status Target
4-Sep F/O N.M. Butt - F-86 Shot down by F/L Pathania, piloting a Gnat BO Chamb
6-Sep S/L S.A. Rafique - F-86 Shot down by F/O Gandhi, piloting a Hunter Killed Halwara
6-Sep F/L A.T.M. Aziz - F-86 Crashed during night T-O Killed Tejgaon
6-Sep F/O Yunus Hussain - F-86 Shot down by F/O V.K. Neb, piloting a Hunter Killed Halwara
6-Sep S/L S.A. Siddique and
S/L A. Qureshi - B-57
Anti-Aircraft Fire Killed Jamnagar
7-Sep F/L Amjad Hussain - F-104 Shot down by S/L Devayya, piloting a Mystere BO Sargodha
7-Sep None - F-86 Sabre Destroyed on ground --- Sargodha
7-Sep F/L Sikander Azam - F-86 Crashed during night landing Killed Lahore
7-Sep F/L Afzal Khan - F-86 Shot down by F/L A.T. Cooke, piloting a Hunter Killed Kalaikonda
8-Sep F/L Sadruddin - F-86 Anti-Aircraft Fire Ejected Amritsar
11-Sep S/L M. Ahmed - F-86 Anti-Aircraft Fire Killed Amritsar
11-Sep S/L Mohd Iqbal and F/L
Saifuddin Lodhi - RB-57
Own Anti-Aircraft Fire Killed Amritsar
13-Sep S/L A.U. Ahmed - F-86 Damaged in Train Blast Killed Ferozepur
14-Sep F/L Sheik and F/L
B.A. Choudary - B-57
Anti-Aircraft Fire POW Adampur
16-Sep F/O Shaukat - F-86 Shot down by F/O Pingale, piloting a Hunter POW Halwara
17-Sep F/L. M.A. Butt and F/O
K. U. Zaman - B-57
? Killed Risalpur
17-Sep F/O G.O. Abbassi - F-104 Undershot runway and then crashed Ejected Sargodha
19-Sep F/L S.M. Ahmed - F-86 Crashed after damage in air combat with S/L Trevor Keelor and F/O Kapila, piloting Gnats Ejected Sargodha
20-Sep F/L A.H. Malik - F-86 Shot down by F/O Mazumdar, piloting a Gnat Ejected

Khem Karan



APPENDIX C

LIST OF INDIAN PILOTS - KILLED, POW OR EJECTED SAFELY


Note: ES - Ejected Safely, POW - Prisoner of War


Rank & Pilot's Name Sqn No. Date Aircraft & Cause Status

Sqn. Ldr. M.J. Marston

10 10 Sept Vampire, shot up on ground Killed

Sqn. Ldr. O.N. Kacker

27 07 Sept Hunter, shot down POW

Sqn. Ldr. A.B. Devayya

1 07 Sept Mystere, shot down by F-104 Killed
Sqn. Ldr. R.K. Uppal 1 11 Sept Mystere, shot down by anti-aircraft Killed
Sqn. Ldr. N.K. Malik 2 14 Sept Gnat, died of wounds after aircraft landed Killed
Sqn. Ldr. Jasbir Singh 3 07 Sept Mystere, shot down by anti-aircraft Killed
Sqn. Ldr. A.K. Rawlley 7 06 Sept Hunter, shot down by F-86 Killed
Sqn. Ldr. S.B. Bhagwat 7 07 Sept Hunter, shot down by F-86 Killed
Sqn. Ldr. D.P. Chatterjee 7 20 Sept Hunter, shot down by F-86 Killed
Sqn. Ldr. B.S. Sikand 2 03 Sept Gnat, force landed in Pak territory POW
Flt. Lt. P.S. Pingale 7 06 Sept Hunter, shot down by F-86 ES
Flt. Lt. S.K. Sharma 7 20 Sept Hunter, shot down by F-86 ES
Flt. Lt. G.S. Ahuja 27 09 Sept Hunter, shot down by anti-aircraft Killed
Flt. Lt. A.N.Kale 2 13 Sept Gnat, ejected after damage by Sabre ES
Flt. Lt. T.K. Chaudhary 27 15 Sept Hunter, shot down by anti-aircraft Killed
Flt. Lt. V.M. Joshi 220 01 Sept Vampire, shot down by F-86 Killed
Flt. Lt. Babul Guha 1 07 Sept Mystere, lost over Sargodha Killed
Flt. Lt. K.C. Cariappa 20 22 Sept Hunter, lost to anti-aircraft fire POW
Flt. Lt. T.S. Sethi 31 13 Sept Mystere, Shot down by AA Fire Killed
Flt. Lt. M.M. Lowe 5 21 Sept Canberra, shot down by F-104 POW
Flt. Lt. L. Sadarangani 8 13 Sept Mystere, Shot down by anti-aircraft POW
Flt. Lt. V.M. Mayadev 9 19 Sept Gnat, shot down by F-86 POW
Fg. Off. A.R. Gandhi 7 06 Sept Hunter, shot down by F-86 ES
Fg. Off. J.S. Brar 7 07 Sept Hunter, shot down by F-86 Killed
Fg. Off. P.R. Ramchandani 3 26 Sept ?, died after the war Killed
Fg. Off. K.K. Kapur 5 21 Sept Navigator to M.M. Lowe's Canberra Killed
Fg. Off. F.D. Bunsha 7 16 Sept Hunter, shot down Killed
Fg. Off. S. Bharadwaj 45 01 Sept Vampire, shot down by F-86 Killed
Fg. Off. A.K.Bhagwagar 45 01 Sept Vampire, shot down by F-86 Killed
Fg. Off. S.V.Pathak 220 01 Sept Vampire, shot down by F-86 ES
Fg. Off. D.P. Chinoy ? 10 Sept Mystere, shot down by anti-aircraft ES
Fg. Off. M.V. Singh 7 8 Sept Hunter, shot down by anti-aircraft POW

SUMMARY:

No. of pilots taken POW

7

No. of pilots ejected safely

6

No. of pilots killed involving loss of aircraft

17

Aircrew killed

1

Pilots killed not involving aircraft loss

1

TOTAL AIRCREW KILLED AND POW

26


 

APPENDIX D

The 1965 Indo-Pak Air War saw the Indian Air Force (IAF) getting involved in the heaviest fighting since World War II. A trend in the awards too was noticeable. All fighter pilots who had air-to-air kills were awarded with the Vir Chakra. Most of the Commanding Officers of the squadrons involved in the attack too were decorated.

Of the 44 Vir Chakras that were awarded to IAF personnel, one of them was for the Kutch operations in April '65, well before the start of full fledged hostilities in September '65. Interestingly, one of the MVCs was awarded 23 years after the conflict in 1988*.

Awards : 1965 1966 

 

 

APPENDIX E

The following is the IAF Order of Battle in the 1965 War. The list is only indicative and not accurate. Only combat units are included in the list. Wherever a 'Dett' is mentioned, it should be taken that a detachment of four to six aircraft has been deputed. The Names of the Officer Commanding (OC) are given in the parenthesis. This page employs Dynamic HTML and collapsible bullets.

Mysteres:
No. 1 Sqn
No. 3 Sqn
No. 8 Sqn
No. 31 Sqn
No. 32 Sqn
Hunters:
No. 7 Sqn
No. 27 Sqn
No. 20 Sqn
No. 14 Sqn (East)
No. 17 Sqn (East)
No. 37 Sqn (East)
Gnats:
No. 2 Sqn
No. 9 Sqn
No. 23 Sqn
Canberra:
No. 5 Sqn
No. 16 Sqn (East)
No. 35 Sqn
No. 106 SPR Sqn
Jet Bomber Conversion Unit
Other Types:
No. 28 Sqn - MiG-21
No. 45/220 Sqn - Vampire
No. 24 Sqn - Vampire (East)
No. 4 Sqn - Ouragan (East)
 
  • Western Air Command (AVM R. Rajaram)
    • Pathankot (Gp. Capt. Roshan Suri)
      • No.28 MiG-21 (Small Dett: 2) (Wg. Cdr. MSD Wollen) >>> Moved to Adampur
      • No.45/No.220 Vampire (Sqn. Ldr. SK Dahar) >>> Moved to Hindon
      • No.3 Mystere (Wg. Cdr. Paul Roby)
      • No.31 Mystere (Wg. Cdr. WM Goodman)
      • No.23 Gnat (Dett: 8 under S/L J W Greene)
    • Halwara (Gp. Capt. GKK John)
      • No.7  Hunter (Wg. Cdr. ATRH Zachariah)
      • No.27 Hunter (Wg. Cdr. Jog)
      • No.20 Hunter (Dett: 4-6 under S/L B K Bishnoi att to No.7 Later)
      • No.2 Gnat (Dett: 4 under S/L R Dhawan - Later W/C Bharat Singh)
    • Adampur (Gp. Capt. WVA Lloyd)
      • No.1  Mystere (Wg. Cdr. OP Taneja)
      • No.8  Mystere (Wg. Cdr. Milikins)
      • No.28 MiG-21 (Dett: 4)
    • Ambala (Gp. Capt. DE Bouchier)
      • No.2 Gnat (Main Dett: 8) (Wg. Cdr. Bharat Singh)
      • No.23 Gnat (Main Dett.) (Wg. Cdr. S. Raghavendran)
    • Agra
      • No.5 Canberra (Wg. Cdr. PP Singh)
      • No.35 Canberra (Wg. Cdr. Bakshish Singh)
      • No.2 Gnat (Dett: 4)
    • Hindon
      • No.20 Hunter (Main Dett.) (Wg. Cdr. Amrit Lal Bajaj)
  • Eastern Air Command (AVM Shivdev Singh)
    • Kalaikonda (Gp. Capt. MB Naik)
      • No.14 Hunter (Wg. Cdr. DA La Fontaine)
      • No.16 Canberra (Wg. Cdr. PM Wilson) >>> Moved to WAC Agra
      • No.24 Vampire (Sqn. Ldr. M. Banerji)
    • Baghdogra (Wg. Cdr. MB Singh)
    • Hashimara
      • No.4 Ouragan (Sqn. Ldr. MM Singh)
    • Chabua
      • No.17 Hunter
    • Gauhati
      • No.37 Hunter (Wg. Cdr. McNeil) >>> Moved to WAC 

Notes:

1. No.45/220 Vampire squadron was an amalgamated unit with 16 Vampires under the command of a Sqn. Ldr.
2. No.28 MiG-21 squadron had only nine aircraft as establishment.