Indian Air Force Marshal, 1965 War Hero Arjan Singh dies at 98

Indian Air Force Marshal, 1965 War Hero Arjan Singh dies at 98

Indian Air Force Marshal, 1965 War Hero Arjan Singh dies at 98

Commending his role in the war, Y B Chavan, the then Defence Minister had written: "Air Marshal Arjan Singh is a jewel of a person, quiet efficient and firm; unexcitable but a very able leader". Government will be doing maximum to extend the honour Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh deserves.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the Singh's death and said India will never forget his excellent leadership in the 1965 India-Pakistan war when the IAF saw substantial action.

Arjan Singh, 98, was appointed Chief of Air Staff on August 1, 1964. The tales of his courage will remain immortal.

Air Marshal Arjan Singh chief air staff was the chief guest at the charity show of Columbia's LAWRENCE OF ARABIA held at the Novelty cinema Bombay on december 25 in aid of IAF Benevolent fund flanking him are PS Kooka and HE Court Talking to Singh is IS Johar on 01.01.1966. Singh had led an IAF squadron into combat during the 1944 Arakan Campaign and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) that year.

He retired from service in 1969. Arjan Singh was also awarded by Padma Vibhushan by the previous president, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. Later he moved back to No.1 Sqn as a Flying Officer, when the Squadron was re-equipped with the Hawker Hurricane.

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Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh with Plaback singer Mohammad Rafi. We remember his outstanding service to the nation. Normally for Air Rank it takes four years to get substantive rank. Promoted to Air Vice Marshal, he was the AOC-in-C of Operational Command. The only officer of the IAF to be promoted to five-star rank, equal to a Field Marshal in the Army, was admitted to the hospital this morning after he suffered a cardiac arrest, the defence ministry said. After a year he was commissioned from England's Royal Air Force College Cranwell. Singh had assiduously led the IAF during the 1965 war and denied success to Pakistani air force though it was better equipped with American support. Arjan Singh flew against the tribal forces before he was transferred for a brief stint with the newly formed No.2 IAF Squadron.

Famous for being the first and the only officer of "Five Star" rank, Arjan Singh was born on 15 April 1919, in Lyalpur of Punjab (now in Pakistan).

In his career, Arjan Singh had flown more than 60 types of aircraft ranging from pre-World War II era biplanes to Gnats and Vampires.

"When asked how quickly the IAF will be ready for operations, he replied with his characteristic nonchalance,".in an hour".

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