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Air Vice Marshal Kanwar Jaswant Singh

Service No 1587 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 19 Sep 1915
Date Commissioned 01 Jun 1940 Course 3 Course
Service End Died in Service 01 Jan 1963
Remarks : Seconded from Army d - Heart attack
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Jun 1940Acting Sqn Ldr : 01 Apr 1944Wg Cdr : 15 Aug 1948Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1952
Acting Air Cmde : 28 May 1958Air Cmde : 16 Jun 1960C-in-C : 03 Mar 1962
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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

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
25 May 1941 - 11 Aug 1941Fg OffrNo.2 Squadron, RIAFPeshawar Fm 1SFTS to RAF Pesh
03 Jan 1942 - 05 Jun 1942Flt LtNo.3 Squadron, RIAFKohat To 2Sqn
10 Mar 1942 - Flt LtNo.2 Squadron, RIAFArakonam Fm 3Sqn
29 Jan 1944 - Sqn LdrRAF Station KohatKohat S/L Flying
01 May 1944 - 23 Mar 1946Sqn LdrNo.2 Squadron, RIAFKohat Commanding Officer To UK
01 May 1944 - 01 Feb 1946Sqn LdrNo.2 SquadronPeshawar Commanding Officer
- Gp Capt3 WingPalam (Delhi) Station Commander
01 Jan 1954 - Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Org)
06 Apr 1955 - 27 May 1958Gp Capt4 WingAgra Station Commander
- Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Eastern Air CommandCalcutta Air Officer Commanding
27 May 1958 - 22 Mar 1959Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding
25 Mar 1959 - 01 Aug 1960Air CmdeGhana Air ForceGhana Chief of Air Staff
03 Mar 1962 - 01 Jan 1963AVMEastern Air CommandCalcutta Air Officer Commanding in Chief
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMKanwar Jaswant Singh1587 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1963Announced 26 Jan 1963
Details :

Late Air Vice Marshal Kanwar Jaswant Singh was commissioned in the Indian Army in 1937 and was seconded to the I.A.F. in 1940, where he served with distinction for over 22 years. He saw active service in the North Western Frontier Province and later led a squadron into operations in Burma during World War II.

After holding several senior command and staff appointments, he tool over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command in March, 1962. With the limited resources available to him he re-organised the various units under his command to meet the heavy task of logistic air support required in the Assam and NEFA areas. With the recent Chinese aggression, the operational commitments in NEFA assumed vast proportions but there was no commensurate increase in the transport aircraft available to him. Air Vice Marshal Kanwar Jaswant Singh faced the situation with determination and further re-organised his command to undertake logistic support operations in the NEFA and Assam areas. He not only planned and directed the operations but proceeded to set an inspiring example by personally leading many difficult airlift missions. These operational missions were beyond the call of his normal duties but he carried them out to infuse confidence in his officers and men with complete disregard for his personal safety. All through the operations he was a familiar sight at the forward airfields in that region, planning, directing and supervising the air operations. The enthusiasm and determination with which the Air Force carried out the tasks allotted to them in Assam and NEFA were, to a large extent, due to the sustained work done by the officer.

By his exceptional leadership, organizing ability and devotion to duty, Air Vice Marshal Kanwar Jaswant Singh has rendered most distinguished service to the Indian Air Force.

Unit : EAC
Reference : GoI19630126