No.27 Squadron Flaming Arrows

Motto : Durarakshya Saralakshya (Strike far, Strike Sure)
Date Raised : 1957-02-15
Number 27 squadron, the “Flaming Arrows”, was formed at Adampur on 15 Feb 1957. The squadron took part in ‘Operation Vijay’ for the liberation of Goa in 1960 and also took part in the1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak conflicts. The squadron was the first to be deployed at Leh during Op Meghdoot with Hunter aircraft in 1984. It was re-equipped with Jaguars in January 1985 with deep penetration strike and EW roles. It took part in Operation Safed sagar in Kargil sector in Jul 1999. The Sqn was the first to be deployed for Op Parakram on 16 Dec 2001. The Squadron initiated a new era of strategic reach for the IAF by being the first to carry out AAR (air-to-air refuelling) with IL-78 Flight Refueling Aircraft in March 2003.

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


15 Feb 57 - 23 Jan 58
Squadron Leader
George Douglas Clarke
3295 GD(P)
CO
Palam

24 Jan 58 - 16 Oct 60
Squadron Leader
Arthur William Berry
3054 GD(P)
CO


17 Oct 60 - 14 Nov 63
Squadron Leader
Charles Harold Ivan Carson
3647 GD(P)
CO


15 Nov 63 - 06 Nov 65
Wing Commander
George Douglas Clarke
3295 GD(P)
CO


07 Nov 65 - 13 Apr 67
Wing Commander
Robert Arnold Weir
3881 F(P)
CO
Halwara

14 Apr 67 - 20 Jan 71
Wing Commander
Mian Naranjan Singh
4340 F(P)
CO
Halwara

21 Jan 71 - 23 Sep 73
Wing Commander
Yash Paul Mehta
4595 F(P)
CO


24 Sep 73 - 04 Mar 75
Wing Commander
Farokh Jehangir Mehta
4906 F(P)
CO


05 Mar 75 - 20 Nov 76
Wing Commander
Ranjit Singh Bedi
5120 F(P)
CO


21 Nov 76 - 03 Dec 78
Wing Commander
Sherwin Derek Leslie Tully
5270 F(P)
CO


04 Dec 78 - 23 Mar 81
Wing Commander
Manbir Singh
6771 F(P)
CO


24 Mar 81 - 19 Jun 83
Wing Commander
Sitaramaiah Pingali
7674 F(P)
CO


20 Jun 83 - 24 Sep 84
Wing Commander
Suresh Shankarrao Dange
6762 F(P)
CO


25 Sep 84 - 25 Jun 86
Wing Commander
Mohan Kumar Prabhakar Samant
9061 F(P)
CO


26 Jun 86 - 07 Feb 88
Wing Commander
Nitin Madhukar Gupte
11847 F(P)
CO
Gorakhpur

08 Feb 88 - 04 Mar 90
Wing Commander
Satish Kumar Sofat
12207 F(P)
CO


05 Mar 90 - 20 Oct 91
Wing Commander
Murali Sundaram
12369 F(P)
CO


21 Oct 91 - 22 Sep 93
Wing Commander
Karunakaran Gopa Kumar
13391 F(P)
CO


23 Sep 93 - 25 Jun 95
Wing Commander
Ravindra Hemchandra Karve
13369 F(P)
CO


26 Jun 95 - 15 Jun 97
Wing Commander
Ravinath Gururaj Burli
14667 F(P)
CO


16 Jun 97 - 27 Sep 99
Wing Commander
Harikamal Jeet Singh Sokhey
15858 F(P)
CO


27 Sep 99 - 22 Apr 02
Wing Commander
Sanjay Sharma
16227 F(P)
CO


22 Apr 02 - 28 Dec 03
Wing Commander
Tapas Guha
16998 F(P)
CO


29 Dec 03 - 17 Apr 05
Wing Commander
Atit Shanker Kolhe
17437 F(P)
CO


18 Apr 05 - 20 Aug 06
Wing Commander
Kshetrimayum Sgyamkesho Singh
17457 F(P)
CO


21 Aug 06 -
Wing Commander
Naveen Talwani
20121 F(P)
CO


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