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Air Vice Marshal Kanwar Jaswant Singh

Service No & Branch 1587 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 19 Sep 1915 Commissioned: 01 Jun 1940 Course: 3 Course
Service End: Died in Service 01 Jan 1963 (48 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks : Died of Health issues
Promotions Gazetted
Acting Flt Lt : 30 Apr 1943Flt Lt : 09 May 1943Acting Sqn Ldr : 01 Apr 1944Sqn Ldr : 01 Jul 1946
Wg Cdr : 15 Aug 1948Acting Gp Capt : 15 Aug 1947Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1952Acting Air Cmde : 28 May 1958
Air Cmde : 16 Jun 1960Acting AVM : 03 Mar 1962C-in-C : 03 Mar 1962
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jun 1940 - 08 Aug 1940Fg OffrNorthern Indian Flying ClLahore Trainee
10 Aug 1940 - 01 Dec 1940Fg OffrInitial Training School (Officers)Lahore Trainee Pilot
02 Dec 1940 - 24 May 1941Fg OffrNo.1 Flying Training School (India)Ambala Trainee Pilot
25 May 1941 - 11 Aug 1941Fg OffrNo.2 SquadronPeshawar Squadron Pilot to RAF Pesh
11 Aug 1941 - 02 Jan 1942Fg OffrRAF Peshawar 
03 Jan 1942 - 05 Jun 1942Fg OffrNo.3 SquadronKohat Squadron Pilot
10 Jun 1942 - 01 Feb 1943Flt LtNo.2 SquadronKohat Flight Commander A Flt
06 Feb 1943 - 15 Nov 1943Flt LtAir Head QuartersDelhi 
16 Nov 1943 - 24 Jan 1944Flt LtAir Head QuartersDelhi SO to AOC
29 Jan 1944 - 26 Apr 1944Sqn LdrRAF Station KohatKohat S/L Flying
27 Apr 1944 - 23 Mar 1946Sqn LdrNo.2 SquadronKohat Commanding Officer To UK
01 Apr 1947 - 31 May 1947Wg CdrRAF Palam W/C Flying
01 Jun 1947 - 14 Aug 1947Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi W/C (Air Staff Plans)
15 Aug 1947 - 14 Sep 1947Gp CaptPSO: Personnel, Air HQDelhi Gp Capt (Personnel Services)
15 Sep 1947 - 30 Apr 1948Gp Capt10 Administrative WingRace Course Station Commander
01 May 1948 - 19 Apr 1949Gp CaptRIAF New DelhiRace Course Station Commander
27 Apr 1949 - 09 Mar 1951Gp Capt3 WingPalam (Delhi) Station Commander
10 Mar 1951 - 23 Nov 1951Gp CaptJSSCLatimore, UK Staff Course
24 Nov 1951 - 28 Feb 1955Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Organisation
06 Apr 1955 - 27 May 1958Gp Capt4 WingAgra Station Commander
27 May 1958 - 22 Mar 1959Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding
25 Mar 1959 - 01 Aug 1960Air CmdeGhana Air ForceGhana Chief of Air Staff
25 Nov 1960 - 31 Mar 1961Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer in-charge Policy and Plans
01 Apr 1961 - 02 Mar 1962Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Eastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding
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
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