A commemorative postage stamp on the Diamond Jubilee of the No. 1 Squadron (The Tigers), oldest squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF) :
Issued by India
Issued on Apr 1, 1993
Issued for : The Department of Posts has always honoured the brave soldiers of this country and had issued a set of two stamps on the Diamond Jubilee of the Indian Air Force in 1992. This year the Department of Posts commemorates the Diamond Jubilee of the oldest and most important squadron of the Indian Air Force – No. 1 Squadron.
Stamp : No. 1 SQUADRON
FDC & Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un W/M gravure coated gummed Stamp Paper in sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.
Number Printed : 1.00 Million Stamps
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
- “Tigers” is the valiant name by which No. 1 Squadron of the Indian Air Force is recognised. This Squadron was raised on the 1st of April 1933 in Karachi with the Wapiti Aircraft. The early history of this Squadron is synonymous with the history of the Indian Air Force.
- The story of No. 1 Squadron is a saga of glory and a brilliant record of courage and service. This squadron saw its first action in 1937 during operations in what was then the North West Frontier Province.
- This squadron was presented with the Lysander Air-Craft by the citizens of Bombay and ever since has been known as the ‘Bombay Squadron’. The unit took part in the ‘Burma Campaign’. The ‘Tigers’ entered the Jet Age when they acquired Vampire Air Craft and again in 1957 when they marched ahead and converted the Air Craft to Mysteres. In 1961 this squadron flew ‘Strike and Patrol missions’ for the liberation of Goa and during the Indo-Pak conflict. By July 1966 this squadron was enriched with the supply of the supersonic MACH–2 and Mig-21 Aircraft. No. 1 Squadron has had the distinction of being the first squadron of the Indian Air Force to be presented with the President’s Colours in 1968.
- The Indo-Pak war of 1971 was the 11th major operation for this unit and it was during this time that the officers of this unit were honoured for their valour and bravery fetching them 1 AVSM, 1 Veer Chakra and three VSM. In 1986 the ‘Tigers’ went in for their third conversion and acquired the Mirage-2000 Aircraft and are carrying on yeoman services to the nation in the true heroic traditions of the Indian Air Force.
- Text Source : Air Headquarters, New Delhi.