The first test for the Independent Royal Indian Air Force came within months of August 15. The Operations of the 47-48 War were unique in the sense that this was the first time Transport aircraft of the IAF saw full time deployment in operations. Fighter squadrons also gained exposure and experience of operating in mountainous environment.
The Scale of Operations in the war can be assessed by the fact that 32 Officers and Airmen made the ultimate sacrifice in one and a half years of fighting. The IAF was awarded 4 MVCs and 29 VrCs. In addition to the articles below, click on the following for other sections on the site related to the 47-48 War.