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96 Course

Start Date : 22 Jun 64 End Date : 29 Oct 66

96 Pilot Course - The course training was broken up into five states pre- commissioning - AFAC, EFTUs, PTE, AFFC and finally applied stage at various conversion units. Direct entry cadets selected for the 96 PC joined AFAC Coimbatore on 22 June 1964 and completed ground training on 24 October 1964.

Thereafter they were sent to various Elementary Flying Training Units (EFTUs) between 6 Dec 1964 and 1 March 1965. They were expected to do 25 hours of flying including about five hours solo. Tambaram and Nagpur had L-5s, Kanpur, Delhi and Patiala had Pushpak.

The Course was then sent to Pilot Training Establishment (PTE) Bamrauli for Basic stage flying between 28 March 1965 and October 1965 on the HT2. 27 NDA Course joined up at this stage. While the direct entry cadets did again 25 hours of flying, the NDA entry cadets did 50 hours.

The Course was then sent to AFFC Jodhpur for the intermediate stage flying on the Texan T6G/Harvard aircraft between October 1965 and 11 March 1966. Each Flight cadet was given between 75-80 hours of flying hours with about half of it being solo.

For the applied stage, the course was split into four groups on 24 March 1966. Roughly 60 cadets each were sent to FTW Hakimpet on Vampires for Fighter stream, No1. TTW at Begumpet and No. 2 TTW at Yelahanka on DC3 Dakota for Transport stream and 12 cadets were sent to LSTU Bamrauli on Bell G3 for helicopter stream. On completion of these stages successfully on 29 October 1966 they received commission and Wings. This was the largest course in IAF till date with 191 commissioned pilots.

SK Singh (10421) got the presidents Plaque for Best all-round officer of the course. He also got the CAS Medal for the best all-around officer of the Transport Wing and Das Gupta trophy for best in Transport Flying. VK Awasthi (10422) got CAS Medal for Best all-round officer of Jet Wing and JV D'silva (10447) got CAS Medal for Best all-round officer of Helicopter course. SS Grewal (10434) got Majumdar Trophy for best Jet Pilot.

View Career Timeline of Individual members in this course



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10421 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Shailendra Kumar Singh
Died in Service on 07 Aug 73

10422 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Vinod Kumar Awasthi
Died in Service on 19 Dec 80



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10423 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Jitendra Kumar Singh

10424 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Madhusudan Sadashiv Sohoni



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10425 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Harjit Singh Chowhan
Died in Service on 20 Sep 68

10426 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Chandra Prakash Naidu



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10427 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Kailash Chander Chadda

10428 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Ramesh Chandra Sharma

10429 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Sarabjit Singh



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10430 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Subhas Chander Narula

10431 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Arun Kumar Isser

10432 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Velayudhan Gopa Kumar

10433 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Shashikant Anandnath Koppikar



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10434 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Sukhcharan Singh Grewal



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10435 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Pramendra Kumar Banga



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10436 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Vinod Kenneth Edwin

10437 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Kamal Kumar Jotwani

10438 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Amarjit Singh Oberai



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10439 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Raghbir Singh Sandhu

10440 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Air Marshal
Ajit Bhavnani

10441 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Leslie Raymond Springett



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10442 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flying Officer
Mohit Lokumal Sadarangani

10443 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Air Vice Marshal
Allandur Sulochanan Gurunathan



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10444 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Krishnan Sundarajan



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10445 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Virender Pal Singh Sidhu



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10446 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Yogesh Sachdev

10447 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
John Vincent D'Silva

10448 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Brij Dev Madhok



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10449 GD(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Harish Chander Jain

10450 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Michael Alexander Wilson

10451 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Jois Nagaraj

10452 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Gurcharan Singh Madan



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10453 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Freddy Kujur

10454 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Thomas Mathews
Died in Service on 04 Feb 87

10455 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Siddappa Puttanna

10456 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Pradip Vinayak Apte
Died in Service on 04 Dec 71



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10457 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Ralph Anthony Rodrigues



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10458 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Ratnesh Chandra Srivastava



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10459 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Krishnamoorthi Vaidyanathan

10460 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Atma Singh Grewal
Died in Service on 04 Dec 72



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10461 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Nand Lal Verma

10462 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Vishwanathan Natarajan



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10463 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Prabir Kumar Dutta

10464 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Air Vice Marshal
Ravindra Dattatreya Limaye



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10465 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flying Officer
Avinash Shankar Dandekar



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10466 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Pritam Ganguli



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10467 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Vivek Kumar Gupta

10468 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Subramaniamudaliar Muthukumaraswamy
Died in Service on 27 Jan 76

10469 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Jeffrey Reginald McKerrow

10470 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Subhas Chandra Borpatra Gohain
Died in Service on 25 Feb 71



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10471 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Nadan Mukund Rao



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10472 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Jagdish Chander Maedh
Died in Service on 14 May 70



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10473 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Venkatachalam Dhanushkodi
Died in Service on 08 Aug 73

10474 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Pradeep Kumar Tayal



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10475 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Rajendra Kumar Nageshwar Rao Ithape

10476 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Noshir Soli Mistry

10477 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Edulker Balachand

10478 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Manohar Sharma



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10479 GD(P)
Pilot Officer
Cadambe Narasimhachar Ranganathan
Died in Service on 07 Jun 67

10480 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Alok Kaushal

10481 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Amarjeet Singh Chawla

10482 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Kenneth Charles Tremenheere

10483 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Shashi Mohan Puri



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10484 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Ramaswami Srinivasan



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10485 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Sushil Kumar Gupta

10486 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Kollamparambil Narayanan Unnikrishnan



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10487 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Virender Singh Randhawa
Died in Service on 11 May 68

10488 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Parminder Jit Singh Sidhu



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10489 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Anand Sarup Bhardwaj



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10490 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Joe Grant Lalmingliana



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10491 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Abraham Koshy

10492 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Ashok Avadhutrao Rajshirke



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10493 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Om Parkash Vashist



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10494 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Simran Singh Shyam Kohli
Died in Service on 05 May 67



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10495 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Ravindra Singh Malhari

10496 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Harkant Singh Chonker

10497 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Anil Kumar Sharma



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10498 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Pushpinder Singh Manak



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10499 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Swamirathnam Balasubramanian



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10500 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Harbir Singh Sidhu



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10501 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Sudhir Bhaskar Nadkarni



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10502 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Surinder Mohan Sharma

10503 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Joaquim D'Souza
Died in Service on 17 Dec 71

10504 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Vidyadhar Shankarrao Chati



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10505 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Prabh Dial Singh Ahluwalia



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10506 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Manjit Singh Sandhu



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10507 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Vaikundanathan Rajarama

10508 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Air Vice Marshal
Kalathil Payan Sreekanth

10509 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Ramaswamy Ramachandran



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10510 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Desmond Desiderio Fialho



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10511 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Eknath Parsharam Gaikwad

10512 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Anand Jaivanth Rao



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10513 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Ganapathy Radha Krishna Murthi

10514 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Gurmohinder Singh Bajwa



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10515 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Chander Narain Shukla

10516 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Donald Lazarus



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10517 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Arvind Chopra

10518 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Bhupinder Singh Marwa

10519 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Ashok Vishwas Waghmare

10520 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Inder Kumar Bali



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10521 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Sudesh Pal



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10522 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Girish Prabhakar Joshi

10523 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Devinder Kumar Sandhir

10524 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Jai Kishen Kaushik

10525 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Air Marshal
Sharad Yeshwant Savur

10526 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Air Commodore
Mahinder Dev Khanna



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10527 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Surinder Kumar Midha

10528 GD(P)
Squadron Leader
Rajeshwar Prasad

10529 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Deverla Nagabushanam Ganan Prakash Rao



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10530 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Jitendra Sharma

10531 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Satwant Singh Ahluwalia



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10532 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Alagalore Venkataraman Kumar



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10533 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Khaire Gurung



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10534 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Gurdip Kapoor
Died in Service on 18 Apr 70

10535 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Vijay Noel James



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10536 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Sudesh Chader Sahni

10537 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Sankara Pillai Kaliyal Janardanan Nair



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10538 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Mohan Gopal Varkhedkar

10539 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Sunith Francis Soares

10540 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Ranjeet Shankarrao Powar

10541 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Anil Sadashiv Patwardhan

10542 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Naveen Chandra Trigunayat



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10543 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Subhas Vyankatrao Lagad

10544 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Surender Kumar Chopra



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10545 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Kamal Bahadur Shahi

10546 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Deshpal Singh
Died in Service on 11 Oct 76



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10547 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Harbans Singh Bhullar



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10548 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Krishan Avtar Puri

10549 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Dipak Kumar Bhattacharya



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10550 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Ashok Hanmantrao Patil



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10551 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Ravinder Mohan Kapur



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10552 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Chaitan Ramanand Kodigal

10553 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Pottery Cheruvary Sidharth

10554 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Neil Kamalkar Bhuleshkar

10555 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Sukhdev Singh Tiwana



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10556 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Manjeet Singh Bhatia



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10557 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Ronald Dunne



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10558 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Ram Krishna Vyas



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10559 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Sudheer Trimbakrao Pawar
Died in Service on 24 Oct 70

10560 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Akoijam Debendra Singh



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10561 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Chekuri Mohan Rao
Died in Service on 26 Feb 89

10562 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Yoginder Paul Kapur



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10563 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Peethambararao Kavindranath Pawar



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10564 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Shiv Kumar Sharma



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10565 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Siddeshwar Malleshappa Bellary



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10566 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Dhanwant Singh Mangat

10567 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Virender Soni



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10568 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Kochukrishna Pillai Madhavan Nair



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10569 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Narinder Jit Singh Butalia

10570 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Anil Govindrao Bendre



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10571 GD(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Brindra Duggal



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10572 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Kirti Kumar Chopra



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10573 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Amarbir Singh Jandu

10574 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Noel Thomas Lobo

10575 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flying Officer
Kotteiezath Puthiyavettil Muralidharan
Died in Service on 04 Dec 71

10576 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flying Officer
Kishan Lakhimal Malkani
Died in Service on 05 Dec 71



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10577 GD(P)
Flight Lieutenant
Minoo Burjorji Billimoria
Died in Service on



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10578 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Orel Mark Pais

10579 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Dinesh Prabhakar Gadkari

10580 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Kiran Kumar Vohra

10581 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Darwin Vincent Pepper

10582 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Sudhir Christopher Chatterjee



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10583 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Gurcharan Singh Sohal



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10584 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Vijay Bholanath Hoon

10585 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Dharam Vir Seemar



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10586 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
George Judah

10587 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Sudershan Kumar Goel



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10588 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Ranbir Singh



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10589 F(P)
Flying Officer
Dinshaw Feroze Nanavati
Died in Service on 01 Sep 71

10590 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Perminder Singh Pannu



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10591 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Vikram Dinesh

10592 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Winston Errol Evans

10593 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Thakur Ramanuj Singh

10594 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Shashishekhar Shantesh Patil

10595 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Flight Lieutenant
Ramesh Kaul

10596 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Kumar Kanti Som



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10597 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Kuppusamy Sundararajan



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10598 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Prithpal Singh Kher

10599 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Dilip Mukherjee



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10600 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Har Kanwal Singh Bakshi

10601 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Group Captain
Rajinder Pal Singh



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10602 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Squadron Leader
Man Mohan Varma
Died in Service on 23 Aug 80

10603 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Madhavakrishna Karan Naidu



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10604 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Balchandra Chengapa Karambaya



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10605 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Adi Shankar Panda



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10606 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Dipak Kumar Ghosh Roy



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10607 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Ramesh Kumar Pathak



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10608 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Gurharnarinder Singh Roddey



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10609 GD(P)
Flying Officer
Gauri Shankar Singh
Died in Service on 09 Dec 67



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10610 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Devendra Kumar Mathur

10611 GD(P) (Later F(P))
Wing Commander
Terence Chowfin


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