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Location: South of France
|Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:42 am Post subject: Indian Pilots in WWI.
|This is a fantastic read
Indians who lorded over European Skies in WWI
The First World War had 1.3 million Indians fighting in every theatre of the conflict. A handful of them fought in the air, and one of them became the first Indian fighter ace. Yet outside the Indian Air Force, which celebrated its 82nd anniversary on Wednesday, there seems to be little awareness about the role of India's air warriors in the Great War.
While many Indian pilots flew for the RAF in WWII, nothing much is known about these stalwarts who saw action in the air in WWI.
I believe Hardit Singh Malik's niece, Kawal Malik, went on to marry the novelist, Khushwant Singh.
I don't know which is the more pampered bunch : AI's widebodies (the aunties) or Jet's widebodies (the planes).