Remembering Subroto Mukerjee: Father of the Indian Air Force

Father of the Indian Air Force
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Father of the Indian Air Force

Known as the ‘Father of the Indian Air Force’, India’s first Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Subroto Mukerjee was one of Indian Air Force’s first recruits and went on to win numerous awards throughout his illustrious career. He was born on 5 March 1911, Kolkata.

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The first batch
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The first batch

He was commissioned in the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a pilot in October 1932 and became chief of air staff in April 1954.

Subroto was one of the six Indians selected for training as pilots at the RAF College, Cranwell.

In pic: The first batch of Indian pilots at RAF Cranwell in 1931. From Left to Right: Bhupendra Singh, Amarjeet Singh and Subroto Mukerjee

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The legend
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The legend

Subroto Mukerjee was the first Indian to command a flight, a squadron, a station and finally the service.

He was made an officer of the Order of the Marshal British Empire in 1945.

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End of an era
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End of an era

While having a meal with a friend of his, a senior officer in the Indian Navy, in a restaurant in Tokyo, a morsel stuck in the windpipe choking him to death. Before a doctor could be summoned, it was all over.

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The football fan
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The football fan

Subroto Mukerjee was an avid football fan. The inter-school football tournament Subroto Cup is named after him.

Image source: Indian Air Force

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