No.41 Squadron Otters

Motto : Samay Par Sahayta ( Help on time)
Date Raised : 1958-03-01 Location : Palam
Raised on 01 Mar 1958 at Jodhpur, this Units was equipped with Stol DXE-3 (Otter) aircraft. The sqn is assigned a wide spectrum of tasks like Logistics Air Support, Communication Duties, Casualty Evacuation, Para Dropping, Supply Dropping and Aerial Photography. When the need arose aircraft from the Units were also converted as aerial gunships. During peace it undertook communication duties and rendered valuable assistance to the civil government during natural calamities. The Units has played active role in Goa Liberation, Indo China war and Indo Pak wars. '65 & '71. With the phasing out of Otters in 1984, the squadron became the first Units to induct Dornier aircraft in the IAF Inventory. Avro aircraft joined the squadron in 1996, making it the only IAF Units to have both light and medium transport aircraft on its strength. The Sqn moved to Adampur and Sarsawa for a while before moving to present location, Delhi in 1988.

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


01 Mar 58 - 07 Oct 59
Squadron Leader
George Christadoss Vithuasiromony Nallayya
2770 GD(P)
CO


08 Oct 59 - 02 Feb 60
Squadron Leader
Appasaheb Bhagwant Patil
3242 GD(P)
CO


03 Mar 60 - 24 Jun 60
Squadron Leader
Narendra Bahadur Singh
2971 F(P)
CO


25 Jun 60 - 10 Dec 61
Squadron Leader
Jaswant Singh Chamba
3210 GD(P)
CO


11 Dec 61 - 25 Dec 61
Squadron Leader
Satindra Kumar Trehan
3572 GD(P)
CO


26 Feb 62 - 26 Mar 63
Squadron Leader
Gursewak Singh Sidhu
3418 F(P)
CO


01 Jul 63 - 01 Oct 64
Flight Lieutenant
Yoginder Nath Kapoor
5061 F(P)
CO


26 Nov 64 - 02 Jun 67
Squadron Leader
Reginald Trevor Oliver
4498 GD(P)
CO


03 Jun 67 - 11 May 68
Squadron Leader
Baldev Singh
5007 GD(P)
CO


19 Jun 68 - 20 Apr 71
Squadron Leader
Indu Virmani
4682 GD(P)
CO


21 Apr 71 - 14 Jul 74
Squadron Leader
Samarendra Chakravarty
5189 F(P)
CO


15 Jul 74 - 20 Jul 77
Squadron Leader
Bandi Kesava Rao Sunder
8201 F(P)
CO


21 Jul 77 - 10 Apr 79
Squadron Leader
Prithipal Singh Bhachu
5793 F(P)
CO


16 Apr 79 - 05 Apr 81
Squadron Leader
Alan Rajasooriya Chatterjee
11052 F(P)
CO


06 Apr 81 - 20 Oct 83
Wing Commander
Prakash Dattatraya Lothe
7436 F(P)
CO


21 Oct 83 - 17 Nov 85
Wing Commander
Udiyanda Muthanna Kushalapa
10177 F(P)
CO


18 Nov 85 - 08 Aug 88
Wing Commander
Mohinder Singh Randhawa
9398 F(P)
CO


09 Aug 88 - 30 Jun 91
Wing Commander
Anil Kumar Gajadhar Prasad Mishra
9780 F(P)
CO


01 Jul 91 - 30 Nov 93
Group Captain
Dinesh Chander Bhardwaj
9545 F(P)
CO


01 Dec 93 - 10 Sep 95
Group Captain
Arvind Rai Narang
11022 F(P)
CO


11 Sep 95 - 29 Jun 97
Wing Commander
Mukul Goyal
15404 F(P)
CO


30 Jun 97 -
Wing Commander
Shankar Kumar Dey
15554 F(P)
CO


01 May 01 -
Wing Commander
Vipin Indira Panabhan Nayar
16829 F(P)
CO


Unknown -
Wing Commander
Jagbir Singh Johar
18254 F(P)
CO


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