BR History Projects

Okay, so you've seen the website, and liked what you have read here. You'd like to do your bit to record and chronicle the history of the Indian Air Force in its entirety.

But you have no idea where to start or how to go about it.

Here is how you can help. Check the following links to read about the history projects undertaken by the Bharat Rakshak IAF site.

Choose your area of interest - and write in to volunteer. You can write squadron histories, do veteran interviews, contribute scanned material from family collections of memorabilia, do local research in your libraries, or just do simple data entry work. Every bit helps.

Check out one of our recently completed book projects

Check out our History, Gallery and Database sections - the amount of material generated is by far the largest collection of IAF related historical material on the Internet.

Looking for Research Help?

For Individuals and Organisations looking for help with research 

Over the years, the team at Bharat Rakshak have accumulated vasts amount of archival and research material related to the Indian Air Force, right from the pre-independence days till the recent India-Pakistan Wars.  These archives are provided to individuals who request them for their personal use free of cost.  Having benefited from the generosity of veterans and their families, who contributed these materials, or provided access to their collections.  it is only appropriate that we pass on the help to others when they need them.

Some of our contributions have borne fruit in various research projects/ books. Notable among them are the books Courage and Devotion to DutySpitfires in the Sun , An Incredible War, The History of AFS Gorakhpur as well as several personal efforts of the webmaster that includes the following books by P V S Jagan Mohan

Much of the archival information is available for access on this website in our Databases and Photo Archives.

So do you need research help? 

  • If you are an individual who is working on a research project / book project, then write to us at  CC: , giving details of your area of interest, details of your project etc.
  • If you are working on a research project on behalf of an organisation, then please send us a formal letter* of request (on an official letterhead if it exists) specifying the material they need and the purpose it will be used for.  A scan of the official letter of request can be mailed directly to the above address.
  • If you belong to an air force unit, and trying to piece together historical information about your unit, then please email us a scanned letter of request signed by your  Commanding Officer or the Adjutant. You will be surprised at the amount of material we can dig up on the history of your unit, especially those raised during or just after the Second World War.

We will do our utmost to source all the information requested . We are a collection of dedicated aviation historians and between us, we are confident of providing research help of the highest quality - at no cost at all to those who request it! 



* We reserve the right to reproduce the letter of requests on this website


The IAF Award's Database Section has been updated.  More than 4800 Award entries, and 3400 Citations to be found in the DB 

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The 1971 Air War Project

altFollowing the completion of the 1965 Air War History Project, and its publication in the form of a published book, The India-Pakistan Air War of 1965, the Bharat Rakshak IAF History team has started the 1971 Air War History Project. Writing the history of the 1971 air operations promises to be a gigantic undertaking, and we need all the help we can get from from IAF veterans willing to share their experiences of this conflict.


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Squadron Histories Project


Do you want your favourite Squadron or Unit to have a History page on this site? Or do you want to write about a particular squadron that is not already featured on this website? Check out the squadron histories page and write to us.

If you are writing about a particular squadron, we will help you find the information you are looking for. Any material from our archives will be provided to you to complete the project.

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Indian Airmen in WW2

altNearly 2000 Officers and 15000 airmen from India took part in the Second World War as part of the Royal Indian Air Force. Very little is known about their exploits. If you know someone who had taken part in WW2, and who is ready to talk about their experiences - write in to us. You can also send us photos or logbook scans to help reconstruct veteran or aircraft histories. Click on the link to find out more.

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The English Electric Canberra in IAF Service


Can-Header.gif (6339 bytes)This is a Book Project - being undertaken by Anandeep S Pannu, the final product will be a book that will chronicle and detail the History of the English Electric Canberra in the Indian Air Force Service. If you have had anything to do with the Canberra in the IAF's service, whether as Flight Crew or ground crew, whether in war or in peace, then please consider contributing to this project.

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Indian Air Force Veterans History Project


altBharat Rakshak is interested in compiling a personal history of the veterans that have served with the IAF in the course of its rich history. Operational and wartime histories are valuable and interesting in their own right but the details and insights available in personal testimonials are an equally valuable resource. We are looking for ex-service personnel and veterans who will be willing to share their experiences and service particulars that would help us create an archive of material on the History of the Indian Air force.

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