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Indian Air-to-Air Victories since 1948
By ACIG Team
Oct 29, 2003, 04:46

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Last Update: 14 September, 2005


Date Unit Aircraft Aircrew Weapon Victim Unit
04Nov48 10 Sqn Tempest Mk.II ? 30mm C-47/Dakota No.6 Sqn (damaged)
3Sep65 23 Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 T.Keelor 30mm F-86E ?Sqn/PAF
4Sep65 28 Sqn MiG-21PF ? 2xR-3S F-86E ?Sqn/PAF
4Sep65 23 Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 V.S.Pathania 30mm F-86E 18Sqn/PAF (pilot Butt)
6Sep65 7 Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 A.R.Gandhi 30mm F-86E 5Sqn/PAF (pilot Rafiqui)
6Sep65 27 Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 V.K.Neb 30mm F-86E 5Sqn/PAF (pilot Hussain)
6Sep65 27 Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 D.N.Rathore 30mm F-86F PAF
7Sep65 1 Sqn Mystére IVA A.B.Devayya 30mm F-104A 9Sqn/PAF (pilot A.Hussain)
7Sep65 14 Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 A.T.Cooke 30mm F-86E 14 Sqn/PAF (pilot (A.Khan)
7Sep65 14 Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 S.C.Mamgain 30mm F-86E ?Sqn/PAF
7Sep65 14 Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 S.C Mamgain 30mm F-86E* ?Sqn/PAF*
14Sep65 2 Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 Bharat Singh Manouever F-86E ?Sqn/PAF
16Sep65 3 Sqn Mystére IVA S.Bhattacharya 68mm rockets Cessna L-19 1Sqn/PAF (pilot Niazi)
16Sep65 ? Sqn Gnat ? 30mm Auster AOP.6 PA
16Sep65 7 Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 P.S.Pingale 30mm F-86E 11Sqn/PAF (pilot u.Islam)
18Sep65 23 Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 A.S.Sandhu 30mm F-86E ?Sqn/PAF
19Sep65 9 Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 D.Keelor 30mm F-86E ?Sqn/PAF (S.M.Ahmad)
19Sep65 9 Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 V.Kapila 30mm F-86E 17Sqn/PAF (pilot Ahmed)
19Sep65 ? Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 ? 30mm F-86E* ?Sqn/PAF (shared)
19Sep65 ? Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 ? 30mm F-86E ?Sqn/PAF (shared)
20Sep65 ? Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 ? 30mm F-86E* ?Sqn/PAF*
20Sep65 2 Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 A.K.Mazumdar 30mm F-86E 5Sqn/PAF (pilot H.Malik)
16Dec65 23 Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 T.J. Keelor 30mm Auster AOP PA (A.Haider rec.)
2Feb67 27 Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 J.S. Sidhu 30mm O-1A PA (pilot?)
22Nov71 22 Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 R.Massey 30mm F-86E ?Sqn/PAF
22Nov71 22 Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 M.A.Ganapahthy 30mm F-86E 14Sqn/PAF (pilot K.Ahmed)
22Nov71 22 Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 D.Lazarus 30mm F-86E 14Sqn/PAF (pilot Qureshi)
4Dec71 ? Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 ? 30mm F-86E ?Sqn/PAF
4Dec71 ? Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 ? 30mm F-86E ?Sqn/PAF
4Dec71 20 Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 C.V.Parker 30mm F-86 ?Sqn/PAF
4Dec71 ? Sqn Su-7BMK Pritam Singh 57mm (UV-16-57) F-86F ?Sqn/PAF
4Dec71 17 Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 N.Chatrat 30mm Sabre F.Mk.6 14Sqn/PAF (pilot M.Ahmed; shared)
4Dec71   Hunter F.Mk.56 S.Jayendra 30mm Sabre F.Mk.6 14Sqn/PAF (pilot M.Ahmed; shared)
4Dec71 17 Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 V.K.Neb 30mm Sabre F.Mk.6 14Sqn/PAF (pilot Afzal; shared)
4Dec71 14 Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 Sunderasan 30mm F-86E 14Sqn/PAF (pilot Noor)
4Dec71 28 Sqn MiG-21FL C-1111 Manbir Singh 2xR-3S Sabre F.Mk.6 14 Sqn PAF
4Dec71 27 Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 S. Tyagi 30mm F-86 ?Sqn/PAF
6Dec71 20 Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 R.N.Bharadwaj 30mm F-86E ?Sqn/PAF
6Dec71 ? WAC ? ? ? F-86 ?Sqn/PAF
6Dec71 ? Sqn MiG-21FL S.B.Shah? R-3S+23mm F-6 ?Sqn/PAF
6Dec71 ? EAC MiG-21FL ? 23mm CC-130 ?Sqn/PAF
6Dec71 14 Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 S.Jayendra 30mm Sabre F.Mk.6 ?Sqn/PAF
7Dec71 220 Sqn HF-24 K.K.Bakshi 30mm F-86F ?Sqn/PAF
10Dec71 20 Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 R.N.Bharadwaj 30mm F-86E 3856 26Sqn/PAF (Choudhry)
10Dec71 20 Sqn HF-24 Marut K.K. Bakshi 30mm F-86F ?Sqn/PAF (Choudhry)
11Dec71 ? Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 ? 30mm Sabre F.Mk.6 ?Sqn/PAF
11Dec71 18 or 23 Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 ? 30mm Mirage IIIEP ?Sqn/PAF*
11Dec71 1 Sqn MiG-21FL ? R-3S MiG-21FL IAF (A.B. Dhavle KIA: fratricide)
12Dec71 32 Sqn Su-7 M.S.Malhotra cannon F-6 1703 23Sqn/PAF (pilot Ejazuddin)
12Dec71 28 Sqn MiG-21FL C750 B.B.Soni 23mm F-104A 9Sqn/PAF (pilot Middlecoat)
13Dec71 ? Sqn Su-7BMK ? 30mm Sabre F.Mk.6 ?Sqn/PAF
13Dec71 ? Sqn Su-7BMK ? 30mm Sabre F.Mk.6 ?Sqn/PAF
13Dec71 OCU Hunter F.Mk.56 F.J.Mehta 30mm Sabre F.Mk.6 1718 19Sqn/PAF (pilot Baig)
14Dec71 18 Sqn Gnat F.Mk.1 N.S.Sekhon 30mm F-86 ?Sqn/PAF
14Dec71 18 Sqn Gnat N.S.Sekhon 30mm F-86 ?Sqn/PAF
14Dec71 OCU Hunter F.Mk.56 K.S.Suresh 30mm Sabre F.Mk.6 ?Sqn/PAF
15Dec71 OCU Hunter F.Mk.56 F.J.Mehta 30mm F-86E* ?Sqn/PAF (shared)
15Dec71 OCU Hunter F.Mk.56 K.S.Suresh 30mm F-86E* ?Sqn/PAF (shared)
16Dec71 29 Sqn MiG-21FL S.B.Shah 23mm F-6 ?Sqn/PAF
17Dec71 29 Sqn MiG-21FL I.S.Bindra R-3S F-104A 9Sqn/PAF (pilot?)
17Dec71 29 Sqn MiG-21FL A.K.Datta R-3S F-104A 787 9Sqn/PAF (pilot Changezi)
17Dec71 29 Sqn MiG-21FL N.Kukreja R-3S F-104A 9Sqn/PAF (pilot?)
17Dec71 29 Sqn MiG-21FL S.B.Shah R-13A F-104A ?Sqn/PAF
?Dec71 ? Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 ? 30mm Cessna O-1 PAF
?Dec71 ? Sqn Hunter F.Mk.56 ? 30mm Cessna O-1 PAF
??---97 ? Sqn MiG-21bis ? R.550 AV ?Sqn/PAF
May99 223 Sqn MiG-29 G.Chibber Lock-on 2xF-16 ?Sqn/PAF
10Aug99 45 Sqn MiG-21bis P.K.Bundela R.550 Mk.I Brequet Atlantique 1 29Sqn/PNA


Confirmed entries are in GREEN
New entries are in RED
Corrected entries are in YELLOW
Fratricide entries are in LIGHT BLUE
Claims and unconfirmed entries are in WHITE
Damaged and Close Calls entries are in VIOLET
 


The MiG-21FL "C750" was the mount of Flt.Lt. Bharat B. Soni on 12 December 1971, when he shot down the F-104A flown by Sqn. Ldr. M. E. Middlecoat, of the No. 9 Sqn PAF. The aircraft was the only one out of six "Type 77s" from the No. 28 Sqn deployed to Jamnagar airfield (including C699, C711, C720, C750, C765 and C1115) and armed with the GP-9 (or GSh-9) gun pack - together with an ad-hoc gyro sight - but this installation proved its worth beyond any doubt. Note: the photographs of this MiG-21FL taken shortly after Flt. Lt. Soni landed it back at Jamnagar after the historic engagement indicate the possibility of this aircraft having the front upper part of the fuselage painted brown, in a similar form like on some of later MiG-21Ms in IAF service. (all artworks by Tom Cooper)
Reports from Indian MiG-21-pilots that engaged PAF Starfighters in air combats on 17 December 1971 indicate that the Starfighters wore "desert camouflage". It is now well-known that a number of Starfighters from the No.9 Squadron Royal Jordanian Air Force were sent to Pakistan during this war: some of these aircraft were camouflaged, and it is now believed that the Indians on 17 December engaged these "ex-Jordanian" F-104As, shooting down two of them and one of original PAF Starfighters as well.
Hunter F.Mk.56 was the mainstay of the Indian Air Force in the wars in 1965 and 1971. The type was mainly used for air-to-ground tasks, but proved excellent in air combat as well. It was faster and more powerfull than the Sabre, even if slightly less manoeuvrable: with four 30mm ADEN guns it also packed a very powerfull punch. The importance of the Hunters in the history of the Indian Air Force can not be properly expressed: the example shown here was one of the four Hunters that defeated a whole division of the Pakistani Army, in the Ramgarh Desert, in December 1971.
Ouragan was - together with the Vampire - the most important early jet in Indian service, in the late 1950s. By 1965 it was already obsolte and the units still flying it were held back in reserve. Note the large serials and the unit insignia (that of the No.47 Sqn, "Archers"?) applied in the style typical for the time: in war the serial would be replaed by a much smaller version and most of the other insignia decreased in size or even completely removed.


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