14 Forward Base Support Unit


Date Raised : 1981-01-01 Location : Purnea
Post the 1962 war, the base was established as a launching base for the siliguri corridor. Once the airfield was constructed in 1963, 5 C&MU was setup under Flt Lt GS Sachdeva. The base remained as 5 C&MU till 1974. In the Indo-Pak conflict of 1971, the airfield was used for secondary diversion during the operations. On 15 July 1973, 257 SU under the command of Wg Cdr SG Manrekar moved in and remained at Purnea till 3 May 1975. Post that a small detachment of 20 Wing looked after the base till end of 1980.14 FBSU was formed on 1 Jan 1981 and was serviced by 20 Wing untill full time personnel were based on the base by June 1981. During the early 1980s some fighter flying was carried out by Gnat / Ajeet aircraft. In 1988 the Station saw active flying of Ajeet MKI, Hunters and Type 77. Once again in October 2003, 2 Sqn with MiG-27s moved to this Base due to resurfacing at Kalaikunda and operated as a full fledged Squadron detachment till February 2005. First night flying was carried out by An-32 on 19 Aug 1987.Subsequently, IL-76 and B-737 have also operated at night.

Commanding Officers


05 Apr 81 - 10 Aug 82
Wing Commander
Suneelkumar Sudamrao Bhonsle
7400 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Purnea

11 Aug 82 - 16 Sep 84
Wing Commander
Narayan Seshadri
8690 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Purnea

17 Sep 84 - 03 Nov 85
Wing Commander
H K Singh VrC

Stn Cdr
Purnea

04 Nov 85 - 20 Mar 88
Wing Commander
Atul Kumar
8772 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Purnea

21 Mar 88 - 26 Jul 92
Wing Commander
Ashok Kumar Sinha
11597 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Purnea

27 Jul 92 - 31 May 95
Wing Commander
Subir Mitra
10953 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Purnea

01 Jul 95 - 29 May 98
Wing Commander
Narendra Pawar
12548 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Purnea

30 May 98 - 18 Jun 00
Wing Commander
V B S Mani

Stn Cdr
Purnea

19 Jun 00 - 09 Sep 02
Wing Commander
Anil Goyal
17337 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Purnea

10 Sep 02 - 30 Sep 03
Wing Commander
Attelli Baswaralah Narsingh Rao
16638 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Purnea

01 Oct 03 - 16 Mar 05
Wing Commander
Praveen Vij
17321 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Purnea

17 Mar 05 - 05 Aug 07
Wing Commander
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Stn Cdr
Purnea

06 Aug 07 - 02 Aug 09
Wing Commander
Arjun Sen
19155 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Purnea

03 Aug 09 - 31 Jul 11
Wing Commander
Ranjit R Varma
20492 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Purnea

01 Aug 11 - 14 Jul 13
Wing Commander
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Stn Cdr
Purnea

15 Jul 13 - 25 Oct 15
Wing Commander
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Stn Cdr
Purnea

26 Oct 15 - 29 Oct 17
Wing Commander
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Stn Cdr
Purnea

30 Oct 17 - 23 Mar 20
Group Captain
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Stn Cdr
Purnea

23 Mar 20 -
Group Captain
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Stn Cdr
Purnea

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