No.5 Squadron Tuskers

Motto : Shakti Vijayate ( Strength is Victory)
Date Raised : 1948-11-02 Location : Ambala
5 SQN AF, “TUSKERS”, was formed at Kanpur on 2nd November 1948, with B-24 Liberator Aircraft and its role was of a heavy bomber. On 01 Sep 1957, at Agra, the squadron was the first to be re-equipped with Canberra aircraft and the role was re-defined as Bomber/Interdictor squadron. In 1961, the squadron contributed a detachment to ONUC, the United Nations’ multinational force in the Congo where it represented the only long-range attack capability available to the UN. The squadron det conducted successful long-range counter air and counter surface force ops against the rebel airfields and ground forces, destroying a number of rebel aircraft and ground targets. For services in Congo, the squadron personnel won 2 Vr C, 5 VSM and Flt Lt P Gautam won his first medal, VM. In the 1965 war, the squadron raided Sargodha Airfield on the night of 6/7 September. On the night of 13/14 September the squadron carried out a particularly unexpected and unprecedented attack on the PAF base at Peshawar damaging the runway and BPIs. The squadron flew around 300 sorties during the war. These included counter air sorties by night and close air support to the Indian Army by day. For services during the 1965 war, the squadron personnel won 1 MVC, 4 VrC, 3 VSM and 14 M-in-D. The squadron was led into war for the third time in 1971 and as usual took its war deep into enemy country. The squadron again flew around 300 sorties striking targets in both fronts. For its services during the war, the personnel were awarded 01 MVC and 3 VrC. The squadron was awarded Presidents Standard on 09 Apr 1975 by Late Shri Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, the then President of India. In Aug 1981, the squadron was re-equipped with Jaguar and relocated to Ambala. In July 1988 the squadron participated in Operation Pawan, the Indian Peace-Keeping Force operation in Sri Lanka, in which it carried out long-range recce missions. The squadron also took part in Kargil operations by operating a det at Halwara. The chore of revamping Tuskers arsenal to “state of art” DARIN II variant commenced in Dec 05.
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Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


05 Nov 48 - 04 Apr 49
Squadron Leader
Jal Rustom Sorab Dantra
2074 GD(P)
CO
Pune

22 Apr 49 - 13 Feb 51
Wing Commander
Himmat Singh Ravubha Gohel
1705 F(P)
CO
Pune

14 Feb 51 - 07 Aug 51
Squadron Leader
Madhukar Laxman Akut
1752 GD(O)
CO
Pune

08 Aug 51 - 26 Sep 54
Squadron Leader
Ramdas Shivram Shipurkar
2177 GD(P)
CO
Pune

04 Oct 54 - 30 Sep 55
Wing Commander
Ghansham Singh Tahilramani
1749 GD(P)
CO
Pune

01 Oct 55 - 28 Feb 57
Wing Commander
Phiroz Mehta
1715 GD(P)
CO
Pune

01 May 57 - 29 Jan 60
Wing Commander
Waman Raghunath Dani
1807 F(P)
CO
Agra

29 Jan 60 - 27 Oct 62
Wing Commander
Anthony Ignatius Kenneth Suares
2773 F(P)
CO
Agra

29 Oct 62 - 19 Mar 65
Wing Commander
Shamrao Ramrao Powar
3100 F(P)
CO
Agra

20 Mar 65 - 25 Apr 67
Wing Commander
Prem Pal Singh
3871 F(P)
CO
Agra

01 May 67 - 27 Oct 69
Wing Commander
Ashok Kumar
4099 F(P)
CO
Agra

17 Nov 69 - 03 Dec 72
Wing Commander
Man Mohan Bir Singh Talwar
4573 F(P)
CO
Agra

04 Dec 72 - 22 Jun 75
Wing Commander
Qaisar Ali
4651 GD(P)
CO
Agra

23 Jun 75 - 31 May 77
Wing Commander
Satish Chandra Jain
5068 F(P)
CO
Agra

01 Jun 77 - 13 Apr 80
Wing Commander
Anil Kumar Bhadra
5114 F(P)
CO
Agra

14 Apr 80 - 25 Jul 81
Wing Commander
Amarjit Singh Sethi
5682 F(P)
CO
Agra

01 Aug 81 - 26 Dec 83
Wing Commander
Jogendra Singh Sisodia
7696 F(P)
CO
Ambala

26 Dec 83 - 01 Oct 84
Wing Commander
Devanda Deviah Subji Kumar
8969 F(P)
CO
Ambala

01 Oct 84 - 07 Jul 86
Wing Commander
Donovan Eric Jonas
10131 F(P)
CO
Ambala

07 Jul 86 - 19 Dec 88
Wing Commander
Avdesh Kumar Singh
11005 F(P)
CO
Ambala

19 Dec 88 - 03 Dec 90
Wing Commander
Deepak Purushottam Gokhale
11589 F(P)
CO
Ambala

03 Dec 90 - 24 Jan 93
Wing Commander
Venkataraman Ramamurthy Iyer
12939 F(P)
CO
Ambala

25 Jan 93 - 29 Jan 95
Wing Commander
Lalit Kumar Malhotra
13373 F(P)
CO
Ambala

30 Jan 95 - 25 Mar 97
Wing Commander
Muthumanikam Matheswaran
14104 F(P)
CO
Ambala

25 Mar 97 - 02 May 99
Wing Commander
Davender Singh Jain
15016 F(P)
CO
Ambala

03 May 99 - 17 Jul 01
Wing Commander
Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria
16026 F(P)
CO
Ambala

19 Jul 01 - 28 Jan 03
Wing Commander
Priyanath Mukhopadhyay
16791 F(P)
CO
Ambala

01 Feb 03 - 25 Apr 04
Wing Commander
Snehanshu Sarkar
17164 F(P)
CO
Ambala

26 May 04 - 14 May 06
Wing Commander
Tejinder Singh
18806 F(P)
CO
Ambala

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