- Category: The Royal Indian Air Force in the Second World War
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The Internet's best resource on the Indian Air Force in the Second World War. Read about veteran storiess, units, database research tools and the hundreds of photographs and images from that era!
The Australian War Memorial Museum released a six minute long video of Vultee Vengeances of No.8 Squadron.
"I join the RIAF" - The journey of Naresh Kumar Midha is a lovely recruitment brochure was bought out sometime after September 1949 (Before the RIAF dropped its "Royal" prefix in Jan 1950) . The brochure provides the story of Naresh Kumar Midha (later Air Commodore (Retd)) who was commissioned on 3 September 1949. The brochure is 24 pages (including the covers) and is illustrated throughout.
Planes of Hindustan was one of the earliest World War II documentaries to be made in India and it was the second to be produced by the company Wadia. The film has rare footage of No.1 Squadron from early 1940, However further information is missing on details available in the film. We have taken the effort to use the power of Youtube to provide additional "Annotations" on the film. There are a total of 27 annotations provided
Timeline of Aircraft induction and service with various Indian Air Force Squadrons in WW2.
Rare WW2 era footage of former POW Flying Officer K V Nair after his liberation from the Rangoon Jail.
Ever wondered what was the story behind the name "Pring" (made famous in the "This is Singh and Pring" poster) ? Joydeep Sircar takes you through the life of Flt Lt A M O Pring, who captured the imagination of the people of Calcutta...
No.1 Service Flying Training School was established at Ambala on 23rd October 1940. The SFTS consisted of six flights, A to F, all located on the station.
Air Marshal Yeshwant Malse, who saw two tours of ops on the Burma Front. His story will be told in three parts: the first covers his Second World War experiences, the second will be on his command of No 12 Squadron in the 1950s, and the final part will cover his various assignments as a senior officer. The meeting with Air Marshal Malse and Mrs Malse took place at his residence 'Yerandvana' in Pune. When Gp Capt AG Bewoor, one of our website's ardent supporters , called him up to find out if he would be able to spend time with us for an interview, Air Marshal Malse graciously agreed. As he himself admitted, Air Marshal Malse was never a person with a keenness to keep a historical record , but since he knew we were coming, he made sure that we would have access to his documents and his old log books! We spent about two hours enjoying the hospitality of the Malses and reliving history throughout that time.
Updated 03 February 2018: We regret to inform that Wg Cdr A Philipos passed away in Bengaluru on 31st January 2018. He was 101 years old. Original: Wg Cdr A Phillipos 3033 GD(P) was commissioned as an Accounts Branch Officer in 1944. He recently turned 100 years old and was felicitated by the Air Force Records Office in Bangalore. In this short article, he writes about his introduction to service life under the British.
The WW2 Veterans Project : WWII Veteran Encounters, Profiles and Memoirs started off in earnest in 2002 when between a small group of like minded enthusiasts, an effort was made to locate and interview WW2 veterans of the Indian Air Force. With the dwindling number of veterans every passing year, the effort continues in terms of family members writing profiles of their loved ones who took part in the war - and in keeping their memories alive.