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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in India

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in India

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document Warplanes from the Second World War preserved in India.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website.  Photos are as credited.  Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Warplane Survivors of the Second World War in India would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at hskaarup@rogers.com.

Data current to 23 Oct 2018.

Indian Air Force Museum, Palam Air Force Station, Delhi, India. 

 (Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation Photo)

Consolidated B-24L Liberator, USAAC (Serial No. 44-50206), Indian Air Force (Serial No. HE-807), presented as a gift to the RAF Museum, photo taken in 1985.  Similar to (Serial No. HE-924) in the Indian Air Force Museum.

 (Author Photo)

Consolidated (Vultee) B-24L Liberator GR Mk. VIII, USAAC (44-50154), RCAF (Serial No. 11130), (5009), Indian Air Force (Serial No. HE773), currently on display in the Canada Air & Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.  Similar to (Serial No. HE-924) in the Indian Air Force Museum.

 (aeroprints.com Photo)

Consolidated B-24J Liberator, USAAC (Serial No. 44-44175), RAF (Serial No. KH304), ex-Indian Air Force, currently on display in the Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona (“Bungay Buckaroo”), Reg. No. N7866.   Similar to (Serial No. HE-924) in the Indian Air Force Museum.

Consolidated B-24J Liberator (Serial No. HE-924).  This aircraft was built at thr Consolidated plant in Fort Worth, Texas.   It was delivered to the RAF as (Serial No. KH342).  It was abandoned in India in 1946.   It is one of 36 B-24s restored by IAF and used until 1968.  It was placed display at Indian Air Force Museum at the end of its service

de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth (Serial No. HU-512).

Douglas C-47 Dakota (Serial No. IJ-302).

 (IWM Photo, Cl191)

Hawker Hurricane Mk. IIC of No. 166 Wing in flight from Chittagong in India, May 1943.

 (IWM Photo, CL121)

Hawker Hurricane PR Mk. IIB (Serial No. BM969) of ?S? Flight, No. 3 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, based at Dum-Dum, India, in flight over West Bengal.

 (IWM Photo, Cl140)

Hawker Hurricane PR Mk. IIB (Serial No. BM969) of ?S? Flight, No. 3 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, based at Dum-Dum, India, in flight over Bengal, 1941.

 (IWM Photo, Cl278)

Pilots discuss a sortie by the nose of a Hawker Hurricane Mk. IIC of a fighter squadron operating with No. 224 Group RAF in north-eastern India, possibly at Chittagong. 

 (IWM Photo, Cl75)

Hawker Hurricane Mk. IIc with Indian pilots of No.1 Squadron, L to R : Ibrahim, Homi Ratnagar, Arjan Singh, Henry and Murcot.

 (aeroprints.com Photo)

Hawker Hurricane Mk. IIb (Serial No. AB-832).

 (Alec Wilson Photo)

Hawker Tempest Mk. II (Serial No. HA623).

 (Alec Wilson Photo)

Noorduyn (North American) AT-16 Harvard (Serial No. HT-291).

 (IWM Photo, Cl835)

Republic Thunderbolts of No. 30 Squadron RAF taxy to their take-off point past a line of Hawker Hurricane Mk. IICs, at Cox's Bazar, India, ca 1945.

 (IWM Photo, Cl1893)

Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VIII (Serial No. LV648), prepares to move from its dispersal point on the Maidan in Calcutta, India to take off on the Red Road.  This area of central Calcutta was cordoned off to traffic and used as an airstrip for the defence of the city from Japanese air raids, ca 1945.

 (Bhiki tamang Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIIIe (Serial No. HS986), IAF (Serial No. SM986), c/n 6S/643887, Indian Air Force (Serial No. HS-986).

Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VIIIc (Serial No. NH631), c/n  6S-326987.  IAF Museum, Palam AB, New Delhi.  Airworthy.

 (SDA&SM Photo)

Vultee Vengeance (Serial No. AF745), flown by the RAF serving in India during the Second World War.

Westland Lysander (Serial No. 1589).

 (aeroprints.com Photo)

 (Abhinav619 Photo)

Westland Wapiti Mk. IIA (Serial No. K-813).

Yokosuka MXY-2 Okha.

Naval Aviation Museum, Goa, India.

 (AaronC's Photo)

Fairey Firefly TT Mk. 1 (Serial No. IN 112).  Acquired in May 55 for target towing.

HAL Aerospace Museum, Bangalore.