10 Unknown Facts About The Marshal Of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh

Hello Defence Lovers, Some individuals always stay on top. They all have one thing in common – passion and commitment. They have so many  goals and interests in life that every negative emotion pales before their achievement-oriented lives. Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC  (15 April 1919-16 September 2017) is the only officer of the Indian Air Force to be promoted to five-star rank, equal to a Field Marshal, to which he was promoted in 2002. That man is one of three Indian military officer with a five-star rank, Marshal of the Indian Air Force, Arjan Singh. The other two being Field Marshal K.M Cariappa and Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. Marshal of IAF, Arjan Singh Passes Away At 98 (15 April 1919 – 16 September 2017).

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(1.) Arjan Singh entered the distinguished Royal Air Force College at Cranwell at the age of 19 and graduated as a pilot officer the following year.

(2.) During World War II, Arjan Singh showed exemplary courage in his two tenures in Burma, first as a pilot officer and later as the commander.

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(3.) Flying day in and day out, his efforts made sure that the British-Indian forces seize Imphal. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).

(4.) When India became a republic in the year 1950, Arjan Singh was made commander of the ‘Operational Group’, the only fighting arm of the IAF, responsible for all air operations in India.

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(5.) He held the position twice, first as an Air Commodore and later as the Air Vice Marshal.

(6.) He served the position of Air Vice Marshal for six years, longest in the history of the IAF.

(7.) He became the third Indian Chief of Air Staff in 1964 and directed the battle of 1965 against Pakistan.

(8.) It was due to his courageous leadership and immense experience that the Air Force penetrated deep inside Pakistan and destroyed many of their airfields.

(9.) This is first time in India’s defence history, a military installations has been named after individuals, especially when they are alive.

(10.) Arjan Singh was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his leadership  of the air force.

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  •  A man of few words, Marshal Arjan Singh has always let his work do the talking. Coming from a family of military men, he made the nation proud by safeguarding its interests with every responsibility provided to him. The nation may have provided him with myriads of honours, but it will forever remain indebted to him for making our skies safer.
  • Marshal of IAF, Arjan Singh Passes Away At 98 (15 April 1919 – 16 September 2017). A Soldier Never Dies. Thanks For Safeguarding Our Sky And Nation. . Great Warrior of Mother India will live in our hearts forever & continue to inspire future generations of sky warriors. RIP #ArjanSingh Sir.
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