5 Wing


Date Raised : 1956-01-01 Location : Kalaikunda
Air Force Station Kalaikunda is one of the premier fighter bases of the Indian Air Force. It is one of the oldest airfields in the Eastern Air Command and is located in West Medinipur district of West Bengal, 121 Km from Kolkata. Air Force Station Kalaikunda was set up during World War Il as a forward airfield against the Japanese offensive in Burma and Malaya. The base was originally designed for the B-24 Liberator, an American heavy bomber. In 1943, Air Force Station Kalaikunda was designated as the “XX Bomber Command' for the operation of B-29 Super Fortress bomber aircraft of the US Air Force. It was one of the four B-29 Super Fortress bases established by the Americans in India. The XX Bomber Command took shape with the first batch of B-29s at Kalaikunda on March 28, 1944 under the command of General K B Wolfe. It was a major airfield in the supply route for the Nationalist Army of China in its fight against the Japanese forces. Aircraft from the RAF and USAF flew regularly to China via Chabua, Johrat and Vijayanagar across the infamous ‘Hump Route' over Arunachal and East Tibet. This airfield and other nearby airfields such as Dudhkundi, Salua, Digri, Salboni, Amarda and Chakulia formed a complex of airfields created by the Allies as part of their response to stem the Japanese advance in the East. On June 5, 1944, the 468th Bombardment Group flew its first operational mission from Kalaikunda against railroad yards at Bangkok, Thailand. Ten days later, the Group opened Air Offensive Phase against Japan with B-29 Super Fortress bomber aircraft by bombing the Imperial Iron & Steel Works, Yawata, Japan. Within a year, it participated in eight campaigns and earned three Distinguished Units Citations - one of the highest American gallantry awards. From June 1944 until May 1945, operating at maximum range, the 468th group of 'XX Bomber Command' launched Operation Matterhorn. It conducted aerial reconnaissance and bombing operations from Kalaikunda and bases in China against Japanese targets in Japan, Manchuria, Taiwan, Burma, the Malay Peninsula, Singapore and Sumatra. Sixteen- hour combat missions were common with the longest stretching to 21 hours. Air Force Station Kalaikunda was later put under the control of EAC. The Station was base for three Mystere squadrons. Canberras were also stationed in Kalaikunda. In 1960s, one more squadron with Toofani aircraft (French Ouragan) was added. In 1963, Dudhkundi was converted to air-to-ground armament firing range. In the 1980s, the Station was expanded with the inclusion of 4 Air Force Hospital, 4 AF Dental Centre, Operational Conversion Unitss, TTF and 28 Sqn. In 1982, the Golden Jubilee of Indian Air Force saw the inception of nine Hunter aircraft formation team called thunderbolts. Kalaikunda later became the home for MiG-27. As the IAF modernised, it graduated from Ajeet to MiG- 27. TTF continued to fly Hunters before the aircraft was phased out on Air Force Day Flypast at Palam, New Delhi in 2002.

Commanding Officers


01 Jan 56 -
Wing Commander
Zafar Ahmed Shah
1805 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Kalaikunda

01 Apr 57 -
Group Captain
Maurice Barker
1691 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Kalaikunda

Unknown - 01 Dec 61
Group Captain
Devaiah Subia
1866 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Kalaikunda

01 Jan 62 - 01 Jan 64
Group Captain
Leslie Richard Dickinson Blunt
1994 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Kalaikunda

Unknown - 01 Dec 62
Group Captain
Jagdish Chandra Varma
1646 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Kalaikunda

01 Mar 63 - 01 Sep 63
Group Captain
John Ivor McKenzie
1806 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Kalaikunda

Unknown - 01 Jan 65
Group Captain
Leslie Richard Dickinson Blunt
1994 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Kalaikunda

01 Jan 65 - 30 Jul 66
Group Captain
Madhav Bhawrao Naik
1874 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Kalaikunda

Unknown -
Group Captain
Regionald Louis Sayce
3086 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Kalaikunda

Unknown -
Group Captain
Emanuel Raymond Fernandes
3577 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Kalaikunda

14 Feb 70 - 30 Jun 74
Group Captain
Narendra Bahadur Singh
2971 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Kalaikunda

01 Jul 74 - 15 Feb 76
Group Captain
Brijpal Singh Sikand
3947 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Kalaikunda

16 Feb 76 - 25 Mar 79
Group Captain
Kshirode Krishna Sen
4495 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Kalaikunda

26 Mar 79 - 11 Feb 80
Air Commodore
Kshirode Krishna Sen
4495 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

12 Feb 80 - 16 Oct 82
Air Commodore
Man Mohan Sinha
4408 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

17 Oct 82 - 25 Jun 85
Air Commodore
Amia Kumar Sen
4717 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

26 Jun 85 - 31 Jul 86
Air Commodore
Tapas Kumar Sen
4475 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

01 Aug 86 - 22 Jan 89
Air Commodore
Kamal Khanna
5795 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

23 Jan 89 - 19 Dec 90
Air Commodore
Satish Govind Inamdar
7189 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

20 Dec 90 - 24 Dec 92
Air Commodore
Srinivas Anand Bhaskar Naidu
7230 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

24 Dec 92 - 14 Sep 94
Air Commodore
Prakash Sadashivrao Pingale
6755 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

15 Sep 94 - 08 Jan 96
Air Commodore
Akshay Kumar Thakur
9724 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

09 Jan 96 - 31 Jul 97
Air Commodore
Kamlesh Singh Mandla
9827 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

01 Aug 97 - 29 Jul 98
Air Commodore
Ramesh Vishwanath Phadke
10895 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

30 Jul 98 - 04 Jan 01
Air Commodore
Dhanwant Singh Guram
10916 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

04 Jan 01 - 15 Dec 02
Air Commodore
Nirdosh Vatsyayan Tyagi
12765 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

16 Dec 02 - 28 Nov 04
Air Commodore
Gurdip Singh Kochar
13149 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

29 Nov 04 - 01 Jan 07
Air Commodore
Atul Saikia
13585 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

02 Jan 07 - 30 Mar 08
Air Commodore
Paramjit Singh Gill
14097 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

30 Mar 08 - 30 Jun 09
Air Commodore
Perumpillabil Narayanan Radha Govind
15019 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

01 Jul 09 - 21 Nov 10
Air Commodore
Dinesh Kumar Vashisht
16565 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

22 Nov 10 - 25 Aug 13
Air Commodore
Radhakrishnan Radhish
17853 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

26 Aug 13 - 17 Aug 15
Air Commodore
Rakesh Sinha
18797 F(P)
AOC
Kalaikunda

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