The Indian Air Force in World War Two - A Pictorial History

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The Indian Air Force in World War Two - A Pictorial History

IAF Pilots in the RAF

Few people realise that a number of Indian pilots took part in operations from England. At the height of the Battle of Britain, 24 Indian pilots were sent to the UK to under go conversion training and participate in Ops. Even though they could take part only after the Battle of Britain, many of them distinguished themselves flying operations with the various commands.

Of the 24, eight were destined never to return. The remaining sixteen officers came back and bought with them the experiences of flying in the European theatre. One of those who returned, 'Chacha' Manmohan Singh, died in a Japanese air raid on Broome.

A number of Indians who were domiciled in England directly joined the Royal Air Force or the RAFVR. As did many Anglo Indians. Indians flew rhubarbs with Fighter command, night raids with bomber command, coastal patrols and a few even made it to North Africa and Malta!

The aircraft that they operated varied from obsolete types like the Magister, Whitley, Wellington to the more modern types like the Stirling, Lancaster, Mitchell Bombers and Whirlwind, Tempest Mustang and even the latest Meteor III jet fighters.
Many good photos at the link.
 

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It was Royal Indian Air force,dont think it same to modern Indian air force,they fought,we dont care.

We instead like Azad Hind Fouz or others who tried to destroy British colonial rule in India.
 

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It was Royal Indian Air force,dont think it same to modern Indian air force,they fought,we dont care.

We instead like Azad Hind Fouz or others who tried to destroy British colonial rule in India.
I imagine Indian pilots who served in RAF also went on to serve in IAF after independence, and their experience made them good pilots and instructors.

I must say the pettiness in your post is unfortunate.

Another DFI nazi-lover...? :pokerface:
 

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No,sir.

We are thankful to them(Indian pilots),not for their service for Britain,but for their service in independent India,if more if they joined Air force rebellion of 1946.
 

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