No.45 Squadron Flying Daggers

Motto : Ajeeta Nabaha
Date Raised : 1960-02-15
No. 45 Squadron IAF was formed on 15 Feb 1960 with the British built De Havilland Vampire. The Squadron was christened as "Flying Daggers' with its motto being 'Ajeetakshay". The Squadron was the first to draw enemy blood when it took part in the Indo—Pak war of 1965 and was tasked with the first strike mission of the conflict, to be carried out on an armoured column in the Chhamb sector. After the war, the Squadron was re-equipped with the 'Gnat'. The squadron evolved over the rest of the century with the Mig-21 T-77 and went on to be a frontline Mig-21 Bis squadron. The Squadron drew blood again on '10 Aug 1999. when it shot down an intruding Atlantique aircraft of Pakistan Air Force in the Kutch sector. The Squadron was number plated in Dec 2002 and was resurrected in Dec 2013. On 01 Jul 2016. the 'Flying Daggers' became the first squadron in the world to induct the indigenous LCATejas Mk 1.

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


15 Feb 60 - 02 Sep 62
Squadron Leader
Mirgind Singh Grewal
3481 GD(P)
CO
Palam

03 Sep 62 - 13 Oct 63
Squadron Leader
Gunakar Kamalkar Bakhle
4204 F(P)
CO
Adampur

14 Oct 63 - 31 Mar 66
Squadron Leader
Sudesh Kumar Dahar
4425 GD(P)
CO
Sarsawa/ Pune/ Patha

01 Apr 66 - 18 Jun 67
Wing Commander
Jagdish Raj Bhasin
3591 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

19 Jul 67 - 23 Nov 69
Wing Commander
Arun Kanti Mukherjee
4416 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

24 Nov 69 - 02 Mar 72
Wing Commander
Sudesh Kumar Anand
4588 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

03 Mar 72 - 18 Aug 74
Wing Commander
Edwin Godfrey Salins
4796 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh/ Bareilly

19 Aug 74 - 30 Nov 76
Wing Commander
Ajoy Kumar Majumdar
5071 F(P)
CO
Bareilly

30 Nov 76 - 31 Aug 79
Wing Commander
Sudesh Chand Khullar
5605 F(P)
CO
Bareilly/ Hashimara

01 Sep 79 - 04 Aug 81
Wing Commander
Darshan Singh Basra
6519 F(P)
CO
Hashimara/ Jamnagar

05 Aug 81 - 23 Oct 83
Wing Commander
Jeffrey D'Souza
7432 F(P)
CO
Jamnagar

24 Oct 83 - 23 Jun 85
Wing Commander
Kurumthodathil Cherian Phillipose
7702 F(P)
CO
Jamnagar

24 Jun 85 - 11 Sep 87
Wing Commander
Jagdish Singh Grewal
10866 F(P)
CO
Jamnagar

12 Sep 87 - 17 Dec 89
Wing Commander
Ashok Kumar Brahmawar
10889 F(P)
CO


18 Dec 89 - 15 Dec 91
Wing Commander
Sadhashivan Radhakrishnan
12408 F(P)
CO


16 Dec 91 - 14 Nov 93
Wing Commander
Mohammed Haroon Zaki
12775 F(P)
CO
Naliya

15 Nov 93 - 23 Sep 95
Wing Commander
Priya Ranjan Sharma
13927 F(P)
CO
Naliya

24 Sep 95 - 09 Sep 97
Wing Commander
Anil Kumar Jain
14565 F(P)
CO
Naliya

10 Sep 97 - 31 Jan 00
Wing Commander
Umesh Shastri
15698 F(P)
CO
Naliya

01 Feb 01 - 01 Dec 02
Wing Commander
Harjit Singh Arora
16557 F(P)
CO
Naliya

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