Eastern Air Command


Date Raised : 1959-12-07 Location : Shillong
No 1 Operational Group was upgraded to Eastern Air Command on 1 Dec 1959 at Calcutta. During the Indo-China Ccnflict of 1962, practical experience highlighted the difficulty of Kolkata being the location of Eastern Air Command. In order to have more effective operational control over the region of the north-east, the Command Headquarters was shifted to Shillong on 1 Jun 63.
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Unit previously existed as 1 Op Group (Calcutta)

Commanding Officers


07 Dec 59 - 28 Dec 61
Air Vice Marshal
Kundan Lal Sondhi
1566 GD(P)
AOC-in-C
Calcutta

03 Mar 62 - 01 Jan 63
Air Vice Marshal
Kanwar Jaswant Singh
1587 GD(P)
AOC-in-C
Calcutta

14 Jan 63 - 09 Jun 63
Air Vice Marshal
Shivdev Singh
1595 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Calcutta

10 Jun 63 - 04 Aug 63
Air Vice Marshal
Ramaswami Rajaram
1573 GD(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

05 Aug 63 - 30 Sep 64
Air Vice Marshal
Minoo Merwan Engineer
1614 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Oct 64 - 30 Sep 66
Air Vice Marshal
Yeshwant Vinayak Malse
1616 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

28 Oct 66 - 31 Mar 68
Air Vice Marshal
Ranjan Dutt
1594 GD(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Apr 68 - 23 Mar 71
Air Marshal
Hirendra Nath Chatterjee
1620 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

24 Mar 71 - 31 Mar 73
Air Marshal
Hari Chand Dewan
1598 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Apr 73 - 21 Apr 76
Air Marshal
Maurice Barker
1691 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

24 Apr 76 - 12 Aug 78
Air Marshal
Lal Singh Grewal
2337 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

04 Sep 78 - 02 Jan 81
Air Marshal
Lakshman Madhav Katre
3117 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

03 Jan 81 - 26 Feb 83
Air Marshal
Malcolm Shirley Dundas Wollen
3641 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Mar 83 - 30 Nov 83
Air Marshal
Douglas George King-Lee
3040 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Dec 83 - 31 Oct 84
Air Marshal
Minoo Jehangir Dotiwalla
3839 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

05 Nov 84 - 31 Dec 87
Air Marshal
Kapil Dev Chadha
3845 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

08 Feb 88 - 31 Jan 91
Air Marshal
Man Mohan Sinha
4408 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

11 Feb 91 - 05 Oct 91
Air Marshal
Rajendra Kumar Dhawan
4736 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

07 Oct 91 - 30 Mar 92
Air Marshal
Brijesh Dhar Jayal
4972 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 May 92 - 31 Jan 95
Air Marshal
Dushyant Singh
5048 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Feb 95 - 31 Mar 96
Air Marshal
Janak Kapur
5585 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Apr 96 - 03 Jan 99
Air Marshal
Prithvi Singh Brar
6007 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

04 Jan 99 - 30 Nov 00
Air Marshal
Krishnan Narayan Nair
6346 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Dec 00 - 20 Jan 02
Air Marshal
Satish Govind Inamdar
7189 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

21 Jan 02 - 31 Oct 04
Air Marshal
Manek Bomanshaw Madon
7681 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Nov 04 - 21 Aug 05
Air Marshal
Avinash Deodata Joshi
10886 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

05 Sep 05 - 30 Mar 07
Air Marshal
Fali Homi Major
11442 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Apr 07 - 31 Dec 07
Air Marshal
Pranab Kumar Barbora
12375 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Jan 08 - 31 Dec 09
Air Marshal
Shiv Kumar Bhan
12510 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Jan 10 - 31 Jul 11
Air Marshal
Krishan Kumar Nohwar
13132 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Aug 11 - 30 Nov 12
Air Marshal
Simhakutty Varthaman
13606 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Dec 12 - 31 Dec 13
Air Marshal
Ravi Kant Sharma
14088 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Jan 14 - 31 Dec 14
Air Marshal
Rakesh Kumar Jolly
14083 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Jan 15 - 31 Aug 15
Air Marshal
Shirish Baban Deo
15681 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Sep 15 - 31 Dec 16
Air Marshal
Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar
15881 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Jan 17 - 30 Sep 18
Air Marshal
Anil Khosla
15871 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Oct 18 - 28 Feb 19
Air Marshal
Raghunath Nambiar
16378 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Mar 19 - 30 Sep 20
Air Marshal
Rajiv Dayal Mathur
16772 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

01 Oct 20 - 30 Sep 21
Air Marshal
Amit Dev
16972 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

03 Oct 21 -
Air Marshal
Dilip Kumar Patnaik
17464 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Shillong

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