No.31 Squadron Lions

Motto : Shatru Chhidrey Prahret (A Kill with every blow)
Date Raised : 1963-09-01 Location : Jodhpur
Formed in Pathankot on September 1, 1963, No 31 squadron was equipped with French Mystere aircraft which it flew till 1973. The squadron then flew indigenous Marut aircraft till 1983 followed by Mig-23 till 2003 after which it was numberplated. It was in dormant stage till January 2009 when it was resurrected at Lohegaon IAF station. it mover to Jodhpur in 2011

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


01 Sep 63 - 19 May 66
Wing Commander
William Macdonald Goodman
3571 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

20 May 66 - 04 Jan 68
Wing Commander
Terence Joseph Desa
3863 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

14 Jan 68 - 22 Dec 69
Wing Commander
Satnam Shah
4479 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

12 Jan 70 - 03 Dec 73
Wing Commander
Murari Lal Trehon
4577 F(P)
CO
Pathankot/ Hindon

03 Dec 73 - 10 Nov 75
Wing Commander
Bharat Balkrishna Bhadkamkar
4980 F(P)
CO
Hindon/ Jodhpur

10 Nov 75 - 12 Nov 77
Wing Commander
Rajeshwar Kumar Bhalla
5191 F(P)
CO
Jodhpur

12 Nov 77 - 12 Sep 80
Wing Commander
Suresh Kumar Sonpar
6126 F(P)
CO
Jodhpur

15 Sep 80 - 01 Mar 83
Wing Commander
Dinkar Shantaram Jatar
6521 F(P)
CO
Jodhpur

24 Mar 83 - 11 Jun 84
Wing Commander
Melvinder Singh Grewal
7728 F(P)
CO
Halwara

26 Nov 84 - 07 Jul 86
Wing Commander
Mohinder Kumar Arora
10093 F(P)
CO
Halwara

07 Jul 86 - 20 Jun 88
Wing Commander
Charanjit Singh Gill
11645 F(P)
CO
Halwara

10 Jun 88 - 13 Aug 90
Wing Commander
Saravjit Singh Hothi
12215 F(P)
CO
Halwara

13 Aug 90 - 19 Sep 91
Wing Commander
Sanjoy Bose
12757 F(P)
CO
Halwara

01 Oct 91 - 01 Sep 93
Wing Commander
Mohinder Pal Singh Gill
13604 F(P)
CO
Halwara

27 Sep 93 - 12 Jun 95
Wing Commander
Raj Kumar Beniwal
13789 F(P)
CO
Halwara

12 Jun 95 - 10 Apr 97
Wing Commander
Paramjit Singh Gill
14097 F(P)
CO
Halwara

10 Apr 97 - 20 Sep 99
Wing Commander
Pradeep Mallappa Katti
15005 F(P)
CO
Halwara

20 Sep 99 - 09 Oct 01
Wing Commander
Joseph Mathew
16384 F(P)
CO
Halwara

09 Oct 01 - 30 Sep 03
Wing Commander
Gedela Raveendranath
16985 F(P)
CO
Halwara

01 Jan 09 - 20 Jun 11
Wing Commander
Ashutosh Srivastav
21250 F(P)
CO
Pune

20 Jun 11 - 01 Apr 13
Wing Commander
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99999
CO
Jodhpur

01 Apr 13 - 09 Jun 13
Group Captain
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99999
CO
Jodhpur

10 Jun 13 - 23 Nov 14
Wing Commander
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99999
CO
Jodhpur

24 Nov 14 - 16 Apr 15
Group Captain
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99999
CO
Jodhpur

17 Apr 15 - 03 Mar 16
Wing Commander
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99999
CO
Jodhpur

04 Mar 16 - 11 Jun 17
Group Captain
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99999
CO
Jodhpur

12 Jun 17 - 02 Aug 17
Wing Commander
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99999
CO
Jodhpur

02 Aug 17 -
Group Captain
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99999
CO
Jodhpur

Unknown -
Group Captain
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99999
CO
Jodhpur

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