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Wing Commander Rajbir Singh

Service No 14287 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 08 Sep 1954
Date Commissioned 23 Jan 1976 Course 115 Course
Service End Died in Service 18 Aug 1994
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 21 Sep 1992
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

06 Jun 1994 - 18 Aug 1994Wg CdrNo.125 Helicopter Unit CO
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrRajbir Singh14287 F(P)Award Date 03 Nov 1987Announced 26 Jan 1988
Details :

Squadron Leader Rajbir Singh served in the Indian Air Force element of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka. On 3rd November 1987 Squadron Leader Singh was detailed to strike the militant strongholds which were impeding the advance of a para commando Regiment towards Mulai. On reaching the area he was directed to attack a stronghold which was heavily defended with heavy machine guns. In spite of heavy ground fire he carried out repeated front gun attacks with deadly accuracy. During his third attack on a machine gun nest the aircraft was hit by ground fire. After pulling out of the attack he noticed that the left engine was damaged and had heavy oil leak. He immediately switched off the left engine and established flight on single engine to avoid engine fire. Though the aircraft was heavily loaded with ammunition, he decided not to jettison the much needed armament stores. Squadron Leader Rajbir Singh realized that he was flying over a very hostile area and forced landing would result in getting captured by the militants. He kept absolutely calm and nursed the aircraft back in a very professional manner. He tried to contact base on Radio Telephony but the Radio set had also been damaged due to ground fire. In spite of heavy traffic over base, he landed the aircraft on a single engine without causing any damage to the aircraft.

Squadron Leader Rajbir Singh thus displayed conspicuous gallantry and professional competence in the face of the militant ground fire.

Unit : 125 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 20th April 1988 - No.37 - Pres/88 dated 15th April 1988