The Illyushin-14 was first inducted into the Indian Air Force in late 50s, when two examples were given as free gifts to the Air HQ Squadron.
Subsequently, 26 more of the aircraft were procured in early 60s and these equipped No.42 Squadron based in Palam. The aircraft looks like a tri-cycle gear variant of the famous DC-3 but was relatively underpowered and underwhelming in its performance. It was mostly used to shuttle VIPs and troops during its service with the IAF.
Despite a long career with a dedicated squadron, the aircraft’s exit from IAF service was unheralded and unrecorded. No. 42 Squadron disbanded without much fanfare and all records relegated to some archives somewhere (we hope!)
So what happened to the 28 Il-14s? One aircraft was lost in an accident. One of them IL-860 is preserved in the IAF Museum’s collection.. Stored outside for decades. When the Palam airport was expanded in 2007, an Il-14 was ‘discovered’ serving as a fire training airframe. That aircraft was carted away at that point to an unknown destination. A third Il-14 can be seen in New Delhi at a Government establishment.
Leaving atleast 24 Il-14s that remain unaccounted for. Perhaps scrapped in the 80s.. but surely something must have survived after all those years?