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Who was the first commander-in-chief of indian air force and when was he appointed?
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Air Marshal Sir Thomas Walker Elmhirst was the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Air Force. He was appointed as Air Chief on 15 August 1947 till 21 February 1950. It was Air Marshal Elmhirst, who insisted that the Indian Air Force be an independent service under no control of the Army. Before independence of India, the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army exercised control over the Air Force too.

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Air Marshal Sir Thomas Walker Elmhirst was the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Air Force. He was Air Chief from 15 August 1947 to 21 February 1950.

The rank of Field Marshal is the highest possible rank in the Indian Army. Only two Army appointments have been made by the Government of India since independence in 1947. An equivalent rank existed in the British Indian Army before 1947.

The first officer to be appointed to this rank was then Chief of Army Staff Gen. Sam Manekshaw in 1973.
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