Royal Air Force Mutiny of 1946

Royal Air Force Mutiny of 1946

The Royal Air Force Mutiny of 1946 was a mutiny on approximately Royal Air Force stations in India and South Asia in January 1946 over conditions of slow demobilization and conditions of service following the end of World War II. The mutiny, in reality a strike action, began at Karachi and later spread to involve nearly 50,000 men over 60 RAF stations in India and Ceylon, including the then largest RAF base at Kanpur and RAF bases as far as Singapore.Harvnb|Childs|2000|p=22]

The mutiny lasted between three and eleven days days at different places and were peaceful. The main grievance of the men was slow demobilization of British troops to Britain, use of British shipping facilities for transporting G.I.s and other grievances. For their part, the British Government argued that the provisions were inadequate. However, later declassified reports have shown that British troops were retained in India to control possible unrests over the course of the independence movement, and the grievances of the RAF men may have also included significant political views and communist support..

The events of the RAF mutiny were ultimately resolved, and some of the mutineers faced courts martial. However, the precedence was important in instigating subsequent actions in the (then) Royal Indian Air Force and later, the Bombay Mutiny of the Royal Indian Navy in March 1946.


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