A history of a relatively neglected arm of the Indian armed forces

As youngsters, before the whiff of World War II had quite disappeared, many of us were seriously thinking of joining the armed forces and chasing glory. The question was, which arm? The Army was the popular choice, of course, but as we learnt more, it began to appear to us that there was more to the Allied victories than ground-level heroics.

The navy had its devotees, but for a few it was the air force that beckoned. There was a singularity in its victories that appealed, and of the loneliness up there at 20,000 feet with the entire sky as the battle zone. Most importantly, the air force

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