27 Wing


Date Raised : 1979-01-26 Location : Bhuj
The airstrip was constructed by the US Air Force in 1941-42 during World War-II to serve as a transit base between Karachi and Bombay (now _Mumbai). During that period, Dakota aircraft operated frequently from this base. After World War-II, the USAF handed over the airstrip to the then 'Maharao of Kutch'. A private operator, Mr. Kabali, started air services between Mumbai-Jamnagar-Bhuj and Karachi with Dakota aircrafts. In 1947, the airfield was handed over by the Maharao to the Union of India. A civil terminal building came up in 1948 and civil flights continued operations with British Heron and Avro aircraft. The first IAF establishment came into being as 12 Care & Maintenance Units (C & MU) in 1968. 12 C & MU was converted to 6 FBSU on 07 Aug 72. On 26 Jan 79, the base was upgraded to a Wing and this marked the birth of 27 Wg, Air Force. One Sqn of MiG-21 Bis aircraft was also relocated from Pune to Bhuj, thus completing the process of making it a frontline fighter base.
Unit previously existed as 6 FBSU

Commanding Officers


26 Jan 79 - 01 Mar 79
Wing Commander
Sharad Narayan Medhekar
5062 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

01 Mar 79 - 01 Aug 80
Group Captain
Satish Chandra Jain
5068 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

01 Aug 80 - 01 Mar 83
Group Captain
Trevor Joseph Fernandes
5287 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

01 Apr 83 - 14 Oct 85
Group Captain
Bipinchandra Shantaram Raje
5182 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

14 Oct 85 - 15 Mar 87
Group Captain
Suresh Kumar Sonpar
6126 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

25 Mar 87 - 03 Jan 90
Group Captain
Chittatoor Doraiswami Chandrasekhar
8426 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

04 Jan 90 - 08 Mar 93
Group Captain
Dileep Nilkanth Pandit
8166 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

09 Mar 93 - 10 Aug 94
Group Captain
Satish Kumar Jain
9716 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

11 Aug 94 - 19 Jan 97
Group Captain
Adhip Banerjee
11592 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

20 Jan 97 - 24 Aug 97
Group Captain
Parvez Hamilton Khokhar
11860 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

25 Aug 97 - 29 Dec 97
Group Captain
Mohinder Pal Singh Gill
13604 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

30 Dec 97 - 04 Feb 01
Group Captain
Satvir Singh Dhanda
13926 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

05 Feb 01 - 08 Dec 02
Group Captain
Mohit Kumar
14674 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

09 Dec 02 - 04 Jul 04
Group Captain
Sanderraman Neelakantan
15184 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

05 Jul 04 - 17 Jul 06
Group Captain
Navkaranjit Singh Dhillon
16580 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

17 Jul 06 - 06 Jul 08
Group Captain
Surendra Kumar Ghotia
16575 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

07 Jul 08 - 31 Mar 09
Group Captain
Rajiv Dayal Mathur
16772 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

01 Apr 09 - 09 May 10
Group Captain
Nagesh Kapoor
18557 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

10 May 10 - 21 May 12
Group Captain
Hardeep Bains
19180 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

21 May 12 - 31 Mar 13
Group Captain
Dhananjai Vishnu Wani
18568 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhuj

01 Apr 13 - 06 Apr 14
Air Commodore
Dhananjai Vishnu Wani
18568 F(P)
AOC
Bhuj

26 May 14 - 06 Jun 16
Air Commodore
Kanthalloor Saraswathy Kumar Suresh
18822 F(P)
AOC
Bhuj

06 Jun 16 - 24 Jun 18
Air Commodore
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AOC
Bhuj

25 Jun 18 -
Air Commodore
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AOC
Bhuj

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