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Air Commodore Mehar Singh

Service No 1559 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 20 Mar 1915
Date Commissioned 01 Aug 1936 Course 1Cranwell Course
Service End Retired on 27 Sep 1948 / Died on 16 Mar 1952
Remarks : Resigned Commission
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Aug 1938Acting Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1944Acting Gp Capt : 15 May 1947
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Sqn Ldr

Wg Cdr

Gp Capt
Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1937 - Plt OffrNo.1 Squadron, RIAF 
01 Jul 1941 - Fg OffrNo.3 Flight (Coastal Defence)Calcutta 
14 Apr 1942 - 16 Aug 1942Sqn LdrNo.3 Squadron, RIAFKohat Commanding Officer To DSSC Quetta
14 Apr 1942 - 15 Aug 1942Sqn LdrNo.3 SquadronPeshawar Commanding Officer
01 Dec 1942 - 25 Dec 1944Sqn LdrNo.6 SquadronTiruchirapally Commanding Officer
02 Mar 1943 - 25 Dec 1944Sqn LdrNo.6 Squadron, RIAFBhopal Commanding Officer
12 Sep 1945 - 15 Mar 1946Wg CdrIndian Air Force Display FlightKohat OC IAFDF To RAFKohat
15 Mar 1946 - Wg CdrRAF Station KohatKohat Fm IAFDF
15 Aug 1947 - 18 Nov 1947Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops)
19 Nov 1947 - 27 Sep 1948Air CmdeNo 1 Operational GroupDelhi Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Distinguished Service Order
Sqn LdrĀ Ā Mehar Singh1559 GD(P)Award Date Announced 28 Mar 1944
Details : Sqn Ldr Mehar Singh, DSO. IND/1559 : This officer has completed a very large number of operations, and has displayed great skill, courage and determination. He is a most inspiring leader, whose example has been reflected in the fine fighting spirit of the squadron. This officer has rendered most valuable service.
Unit : 6 Squadron
Reference : London Gazette 36443 dated 24 March 1944. Page 1443 (Courtesy Hugh Halliday)
Maha Vir Chakra
Air CmdeMehar Singh1559 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1950Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Throughout his tenure as A.O.C. No. 1 Group controlling operations in Jammu & Kashmir, Air Commander Mehar Singh displayed great devotion to duty at personal risks and set an example to those serving under him. He was the first pilot to land an aircraft at the emergency landing ground at Poonch and at Leh. These tasks were not part of his duty but in view of the fact that these were hazardous tasks, he was first to carry them out to give confidence to his junior pilots.

Unit : No.1 Op Group
Reference : Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Notification No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
06 Oct 1938Wapiti IIAFg Offr Mehar Singh
AC Ghulam Ali
1Ac shot down by rebels at NWFP Gnr Ghulam Ali?
24 Oct 1941Douglas DC2DG471Fg Offr Mehar Singh
31RAFaborted TO at Drigh Road, uc collapse and ac dest