6 Wing


Date Raised : 1951-08-16 Location : Barrackpore
Air Force Station Barrackpore airfield was one of the foremost Allied air bases to fight the Japanese Forces during WW Il. In 1944, the Air Force Base at Barrackpore was formed into a group called 2 Indian Group. This group was disbanded in early 1950 to form the 357 MU. On March 16, 1950 it was renamed as 310 Station under the operational command of the IAF. On August 16, 1951, this Station was renamed as Air Force Station Barrackpore, 6 Wing. Betwee 1951 and 1966, the base was a hub for transport squadrons servcing the North East. In addition it also had a Survey Flighta Flighter squadron and an Auxilliary AF Sqn in this period. With closure of all flying activity, 6 Wing was transformed into a missile wing having in its fold numerous SA-II Squadrons from 1967 onwards.The base also recieved TETTRA units in 1988-89 and upgraded briefly to SA-III Sqns in the same period. The base became a flying base again in 2012 with a Helicopter Squadron permanently based.

An Air Force Liaison Cell was set up in April 1959 to monitor overhaul of Dakota aircraft by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. The role of the Units was revised to include technical and logistics liaison for major servicing and repair of Caribou and subsequently the An-32 aircraft. The Unit also liaises with HAL for the overhaul of the Chetak and Cheetah Helicopter, and the HPT-32. An Airmen Selection Centre initially known as Air Force Recruiting Office has been in existence in this region since 1950.

Unit previously existed as 310 Wing

Commanding Officers


16 Aug 51 - 27 Jan 53
Wing Commander
Anantha Ananthanarayanan
1607 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

28 Jan 53 - 19 Jun 53
Wing Commander
Kartik Chandra Sarkar
1589 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

20 Jun 53 - 14 Oct 57
Group Captain
Yeshwant Vinayak Malse
1616 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

15 Oct 57 - 19 Jan 61
Group Captain
Ranendu Sen
1618 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

20 Jan 61 - 20 Jan 63
Group Captain
Chodagam Satyanarayana
1610 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

21 Jan 63 - 02 Jan 65
Group Captain
Damodar Madhao Oka
1813 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

14 Jan 65 - 21 Nov 66
Group Captain
Shanil Kumar Mukerji
1744 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

03 Feb 67 - 03 Jan 68
Group Captain
Swaranjit Singh
1901 F(N)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

04 Jan 68 - 16 Jan 70
Group Captain
Madhu Sudan Ray
3469 F(N)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

17 Jan 70 - 15 Feb 73
Group Captain
Sharan Singh Sawhny
1937 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

01 Mar 73 - 02 Sep 74
Group Captain
Somendra Kumar Roy
4032 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

04 Sep 74 - 31 Jan 76
Group Captain
Subhas Ranjan Bose
3152 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

15 Mar 76 - 19 Jun 78
Group Captain
Venkataraman Srinivas Iyer
4330 F(N)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

20 Jun 78 - 31 Jan 81
Group Captain
Subhash Chander Virmani
4097 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

02 Feb 81 - 11 Jan 84
Group Captain
Samarendra Chakravarty
5189 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

11 Jan 84 - 04 Jul 85
Group Captain
Shiv Nath Rathour
5580 F(N)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

01 Aug 85 - 13 Oct 85
Wing Commander
Krishan Kumar Chauhan
7140 F(N)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

14 Oct 85 - 22 Aug 86
Group Captain
Krishan Kumar Chauhan
7140 F(N)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

14 Oct 86 - 11 Sep 87
Group Captain
Govind Chandra Singh Rajwar
8103 F(N)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

01 Oct 87 - 10 Apr 89
Wing Commander
R Sivakumar

Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

08 May 89 - 27 Apr 92
Group Captain
Sumit Kumar Das
8993 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

28 Apr 92 - 03 Jul 94
Group Captain
Prem Prakash Singh
12206 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

04 Jul 94 - 31 Mar 96
Group Captain
Manab Jyoti Bagchi
11019 F(N)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

01 Apr 96 - 03 Sep 00
Group Captain
Vijay Kumar Maheshwari
12242 F(N)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

04 Sep 00 - 06 Jan 03
Group Captain
Vaidya Nathan Babu
13386 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

08 Jan 03 - 29 Jun 04
Group Captain
Arun Purushottam Garud
14692 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

05 Jul 04 - 31 Jan 06
Group Captain
Brij Mohan
16681 F(N)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

01 Feb 06 - 25 Jun 08
Group Captain
Kalarikal Puttur Unnikrishnan Nair
17023 F(N)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

02 Jul 08 - 20 Apr 10
Group Captain
Pankaj Vishnoi
17347 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

21 Apr 10 - 11 May 12
Group Captain
Mohan Gupta
18562 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

12 May 12 - 31 May 15
Group Captain
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Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

01 Jun 15 - 16 Jul 17
Group Captain
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Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

17 Jul 17 - 30 Apr 19
Group Captain
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Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

01 May 19 - 21 Jun 21
Group Captain
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Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

22 Jun 21 -
Group Captain
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Stn Cdr
Barrackpore

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