No.21 Squadron Ankush

Motto : Siddhivasti Saha Se (Success lies in courage)
Date Raised : 1965-10-16
21 Squadron, AF was formed on 16 October 1965 at 7 Wing, AF, to be equipped with Gnat Mk I aircraft. The Squadron initially flew aircraft borrowed from 2 Squadron, AF and 18 Squadron, AF, until on 14 May 66, when she got her first complement of ac. Thereafter the Squadron moved to 17 Wing, AF, Gorakhpur until the 1971 operations. The Squadron was visited by DASI in 72 and 75 and the Squadron moved to 7 C&MU at Bakshi Ka Talab and operated there til the time she was earmarked to be re-equipped with the Mig-21 BIS. On 1 December 1976, the Squadron moved out of C&MU to 2 Wing, AF Pune to be re-equipped with the MIG-21 BIS. The Squadron moved out from 33 Wing, AF where it had been located since 1 January 1987, to 12 Wing, AF. Sixteen fighter aircraft were ferried out on May 9-1, 1988.

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


16 Oct 65 -
Wing Commander
Emanuel Raymond Fernandes
3577 F(P)
CO
Ambala

01 Aug 67 - 01 Jan 69
Wing Commander
Jayaram Nilkanth Jatar
4040 F(P)
CO
Gorakhpur

01 Nov 70 -
Wing Commander
Sube Singh Malik
4663 F(P)
CO
Gorakhpur

01 Nov 74 - 23 Feb 76
Wing Commander
Satya Prakash
4988 F(P)
CO
Gorakhpur/ Bakshi Ka

24 Feb 76 - 06 Dec 76
Wing Commander
Bidyut Mukhuty
5196 F(P)
CO
Bakshi Ka Talab

07 Dec 76 - 18 Oct 79
Wing Commander
Dev Nath Rathore
5780 F(P)
CO
Pune

18 Oct 79 - 16 Nov 81
Wing Commander
Srinivas Anand Bhaskar Naidu
7230 F(P)
CO
Pune

16 Nov 81 - 01 Feb 82
Wing Commander
Dinesh Chander Nayyar
8995 F(P)
CO
Pune

01 Feb 82 - 06 Aug 84
Wing Commander
Harbans Singh Sahota
7663 F(P)
CO
Pune

06 Aug 84 - 07 Jul 86
Wing Commander
Rajkumar Joseph Williams
9036 F(P)
CO
Pune

07 Jul 86 - 22 Aug 88
Wing Commander
Har Prakash Singh Sidhu
11051 F(P)
CO
Pune/ Jamnagar

22 Aug 88 - 05 Nov 90
Wing Commander
Rajesh Lal
11634 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

05 Nov 90 - 01 Dec 92
Wing Commander
Nirdosh Vatsyayan Tyagi
12765 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

01 Dec 92 - 31 Oct 94
Wing Commander
Arun Vasudeo Thakur Desai
13372 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

31 Oct 94 - 01 Jan 96
Wing Commander
Ashok Dhar
13940 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

01 Jan 96 - 01 Jan 98
Wing Commander
Rajan Bhasin
15006 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

01 Jan 98 - 01 Jan 00
Wing Commander
Sunil Malhotra
15719 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

01 Jan 00 - 21 Dec 02
Wing Commander
Mugi Dhanraj
16210 F(P)
CO


21 Dec 02 -
Wing Commander
Tarun Banerjee
16776 F(P)
CO


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