No.12 Squadron Yaks

Motto : Amit Vikram (Boundless Valour)
Date Raised : 1945-12-01 Location : Agra
12 Sqn was formed in 1945 on the spitfires but became the first Indian squadron to convert to Transports. It Moved to Agra in August 1947 and has operated Oxfords, Dakotas, packets and An-32 since 1984. The Ops role of the squadron is bombing

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


29 Nov 45 - 17 Nov 46
Squadron Leader
Syed Naseem Haider
2116 GD(P)
CO
Agra

18 Nov 46 - 30 Apr 47
Squadron Leader
Shivdev Singh
1595 F(P)
CO
Agra

01 May 47 - 14 Aug 47
Wing Commander
Shivdev Singh
1595 F(P)
CO
Agra

15 Aug 47 - 21 May 48
Wing Commander
Karori Lal Bhatia
1605 GD(P)
CO
Agra

22 May 48 - 01 Dec 48
Wing Commander
John Dunbar Aquino
1777 F(P)
CO
Agra

02 Dec 48 - 11 Apr 49
Squadron Leader
Himmat Singh Ravubha Gohel
1705 F(P)
CO
Agra

12 Apr 49 - 26 May 50
Wing Commander
Murat Singh Aulakh
1660 GD(P)
CO
Agra

20 Jun 50 - 15 Aug 51
Wing Commander
Yeshwant Vinayak Malse
1616 F(P)
CO
Agra

16 Aug 51 - 01 Jan 53
Wing Commander
Ghansham Singh Tahilramani
1749 GD(P)
CO
Agra

02 Jan 53 - 13 Aug 54
Wing Commander
Kasargod Sadanand Bhat
1747 GD(P)
CO
Agra

14 Aug 54 - 09 Oct 55
Wing Commander
Himmat Singh Ravubha Gohel
1705 F(P)
CO
Agra

10 Oct 55 - 31 Jul 57
Wing Commander
Lal Singh Grewal
2337 F(P)
CO
Agra

01 Aug 57 - 30 Jun 58
Wing Commander
Bal Bhagwan Marathe
1915 F(P)
CO
Agra

01 Jul 58 - 15 Apr 60
Wing Commander
Gian Dev Sharma
1742 F(P)
CO
Agra

16 Apr 60 - 01 Aug 60
Wing Commander
Krishan Lal Suri
2907 F(P)
CO
Agra

02 Aug 60 - 27 May 62
Wing Commander
Lal Singh Grewal
2337 F(P)
CO
Agra

28 May 62 - 30 Sep 64
Wing Commander
Parshotamlal Pandhi
1997 GD(P)
CO
Agra

01 Oct 64 - 25 Sep 67
Wing Commander
Naresh Kumar Midha
3658 F(P)
CO
Agra

26 Sep 67 - 10 May 70
Wing Commander
Sardar Amanullah Khan
4424 F(P)
CO
Agra

17 May 70 - 07 Dec 73
Wing Commander
Shiv Prakash Sabharwal
4413 F(P)
CO
Agra

08 Dec 73 - 29 Jan 76
Wing Commander
Purushottam Laxmikant Purohit
4581 F(P)
CO
Agra

09 Feb 76 - 01 Jul 79
Wing Commander
Harwant Bir Singh
5065 F(P)
CO
Agra

02 Jul 79 - 21 Apr 80
Wing Commander
Satish Kapoor
6774 F(P)
CO
Agra

22 Apr 80 - 26 Oct 80
Wing Commander
Harbinder Singh Sidhu
7682 F(P)
CO
Agra

27 Oct 80 - 15 Dec 83
Group Captain
Sowarnjit Singh Dhillon
5186 F(P)
CO
Agra

04 Nov 84 - 31 May 86
Group Captain
Diba Kar Ghose
4797 F(P)
CO
Agra

08 Sep 86 - 03 Jul 88
Group Captain
Bijoy Krishna Pandey
8990 F(P)
CO
Agra

29 Aug 88 - 30 Jun 91
Group Captain
Shashi Mohan Puri
10483 F(P)
CO
Agra

01 Jul 91 - 22 Aug 93
Group Captain
Kishori Prasad Kar
9411 F(P)
CO
Agra

23 Aug 93 - 18 Aug 96
Group Captain
Sudhir Mohan Sethi
9479 F(P)
CO
Agra

03 Oct 96 - 02 Jul 00
Group Captain
Sanjay Sharad Kumar Tilloo
13919 F(P)
CO
Agra

03 Jul 00 - 06 Jan 03
Group Captain
Shamsher Jang Bahadur
14570 F(P)
CO
Agra

13 Jan 03 - 19 Jul 04
Group Captain
Gurinder Pal Singh
15417 F(P)
CO
Agra

19 Jul 04 -
Group Captain
Kothandaram Krishna Reddy
16623 F(P)
CO
Agra

06 Jul 09 -
Group Captain
Surendra Kumar Indoria
18296 F(P)
CO
Agra

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