While old airmen never die, just fade away, there are many young men who are killed in the prime of their youth either due to accidents or during various operations. This is inevitable considering the very nature of military aviation. These young men, whose contribution to be Service cannot be easily measured, must not be forgotten and their memories must be respected. This book is a small effort to perpetuate their memory.
This work is a chronicle of all aircrew killed either in accidents or during operations in the aircraft of the Indian Air Force including those from the Indian Army, the Indian Navy as well as the foreigners.
These pages also include names of those Indian air warriors, who perished either while on deputation with other agencies like Indian Navy, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Aviation Research Centre, Helicopter Corporation of India, etc. and while serving with the Royal Air Force or when undergoing flying courses abroad. This book has recorded all casualties that occurred right from the inception of the Indian Air Force, 8 October 1932, till 31 December 2012 - a span covering the period of the first 80 years of the Indian Air Force.
This work is the author’s humble tribute and homage to these air warriors.
Author: Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, PVSM, AVSM