No.221 Squadron Valiants

Motto : Tejaso Shatrun Damayah ( Vanquish the enemy with Valour)
Date Raised : 1963-02-14 Location : Halwara
221 Sqn came up at the location of 55 AAF Sqn at Barrackpore and was equipped with 4 Vampires a Harvard aircraft. Number plated in 2009, 2017 inducts Su-3

Aircraft Types operated over the years:
Unit previously existed as 55 AAF Sqn

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
14 Feb 63 to 07 Apr 65Squadron Leader Narinder Chatrath3959 GD(P)CO
14 Apr 65 to 15 Apr 67Squadron Leader Ian Anthony Rebello4596 GD(P)CO
13 May 67 to 01 Aug 68Squadron Leader Onkar Nath Kacker4605 GD(P)COPune
02 Jul 68 to 30 Jul 71Wing Commander Kshirode Krishna Sen4495 GD(P)CO
31 Jul 71 to 30 Apr 72Wing Commander Annaswami Sridharan4761 GD(P)CO
01 May 72 to 31 Jul 74Wing Commander Dilip Shankar Jog4608 GD(P)COBareilly
01 Aug 74 to 16 Nov 76Wing Commander Amrit Mohan Mehta5051 GD(P)COAmbala
17 Nov 76 to 02 May 79Wing Commander Ashok Prataprao Shinde5671 GD(P)CO
17 May 79 to 30 Jun 80Wing Commander Trevor Raymond Joseph Osman6005 GD(P)COBhatinda
01 Jul 80 to 06 Jul 81Wing Commander Brijendra Mohan Bali8438 GD(P)CO
16 Aug 81 to 21 Feb 82Wing Commander Virendra Kumar Chawla7408 GD(P)COHalwara
18 Mar 82 to 15 Apr 85Wing Commander Hemant Vishnu Khatu7675 GD(P)COHalwara
18 Apr 85 to 18 May 87Wing Commander Avinash Deodata Joshi10886 GD(P)COHalwara
18 Jun 87 to 02 Jul 89Wing Commander Bhushan Nilkanth Gokhale11630 GD(P)COHalwara
03 Jul 89 to 15 Jul 91Wing Commander Ranjan Bhattacharya13139 F(P)COHalwara
15 Jul 91 to 27 Aug 93Wing Commander Man Mohan Singh12777 GD(P)COHalwara
30 Aug 93 to 18 Jun 95Wing Commander Sanjib Bordoloi13912 F(P)COHalwara
19 Jul 95 to 01 Jul 97Wing Commander Hari Naidu14286 F(P)COHalwara
07 Jul 97 to 17 Jun 99Wing Commander Vishwas Ganesh Datar15406 F(P)COHalwara
18 Jun 99 to 22 Jul 01Wing Commander Ashit Ishwarlal Mehta16377 F(P)COHalwara
23 Jul 01 to 29 Jun 03Wing Commander Chetan Prakash Yadav16828 F(P)COHalwara
30 Jun 03 to 27 Mar 05Wing Commander Shridher Kishore Mohlah18259 F(P)COHalwara
28 Mar 05 to 17 Dec 06Wing Commander Dhananjay Vasant Khot19516 F(P)COHalwara

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