No.43 Squadron Ibex

Motto : Nabhasa Jivan Dhara ( Lifeline through the skies)
Date Raised : 1958-01-20
The chequered history of the IBEXES dates back to 20 Jan 58 when it was first formed at Barrackpore. The squadron was then equipped with Dakotas fondly nicknamed as the "GOONEY BIRD". The first Commanding Officer was Wg Cdr MK Nerurkar. The squadron chose for its emblem the IBEX, which is undeterred by the jagged rocks, steep cliffs, inhospitable terrain and forbidding shows of the challenging Himalayas.

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


20 Jan 58 - 20 Apr 59
Wing Commander
Mohan Krishnarao Nerurkar
1925 GD(P)
CO
Barrackpore

28 Apr 59 - 05 Jul 61
Wing Commander
John Francis Lazaro
2944 F(P)
CO
Barrackpore/ Srinaga

06 Jul 61 - 23 Jul 62
Wing Commander
Damodar Madhao Oka
1813 GD(P)
CO
Srinagar

01 Feb 63 - 03 Dec 65
Wing Commander
Hardyal Singh Dhillon
3237 F(P)
CO
Srinagar/ Sarsawa

04 Dec 65 - 15 Jan 68
Wing Commander
Ranjit Singh Uberoi
3522 GD(P)
CO
Sarsawa/ Jorhat

16 Jan 68 - 15 Jun 70
Wing Commander
Kapil Dev Chadha
3845 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

16 Jun 70 - 09 Oct 73
Wing Commander
Kailash Chandra Sharma
4412 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

10 Oct 73 - 30 Apr 75
Wing Commander
Vaidyanathan Krishnamurthy
4487 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

01 May 75 - 05 Jul 77
Wing Commander
Gurmohan Singh Dhingra
4903 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

06 Jun 77 - 16 Jun 79
Wing Commander
Puthettu Kurien Mani
5666 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

17 Jun 79 - 26 Oct 80
Wing Commander
Om Kumar Chhabra
5675 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

27 Oct 80 - 16 Jan 83
Wing Commander
Inder Puri
6499 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

17 Jan 83 - 18 Nov 84
Wing Commander
Raj Kumar Saini
7694 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

19 Nov 84 - 02 Dec 84
Wing Commander
Gurdarshan Singh Brar
6146 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

03 Dec 84 - 09 Mar 88
Group Captain
Gurdarshan Singh Brar
6146 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

25 Apr 88 - 30 Jun 91
Group Captain
Harkirat Singh Sekhon
9512 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

01 Jul 91 - 27 Feb 94
Group Captain
Surjeet Singh Bhatti
10945 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

28 Feb 94 - 13 Nov 96
Group Captain
Keshav Rangachary Narayan
12960 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

14 Nov 96 - 05 Jul 98
Group Captain
Vinod Kumar Sood
13781 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

15 Sep 98 - 26 May 02
Group Captain
Arun Gopinath
13397 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

27 May 02 - 13 Jun 04
Group Captain
Rajiv Gaur
15196 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

28 Jun 04 - 23 Oct 05
Group Captain
Kishore Dhami
15556 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

24 Oct 05 - 17 Jun 07
Group Captain
Nabodh Kumar Mahto
16405 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

06 Jul 09 - 31 Mar 10
Group Captain
Jagbir Singh Johar
18254 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

01 Apr 10 - 22 Jan 12
Group Captain
Shekher Chauhan
18550 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

23 Jan 12 - 24 Nov 13
Group Captain
Hemant Priyadarshi Kumar
19563 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

25 Nov 13 - 15 May 16
Group Captain
Nongthombam Lokendro Singh
22714 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

16 May 16 - 08 Jul 18
Group Captain
Saroj Kumar Panda
23554 F(P)
CO
Jorhat

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