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Air Marshal Randhir Singh

Service No 2135 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 01 Jan 1922
Date Commissioned 21 Dec 1942 Course 15 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Apr 1978 / Died on 18 Sep 2018
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 21 Dec 1943Sqn Ldr : 01 May 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1963Acting Gp Capt : 07 May 1965
Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1967Acting Air Cmde : 15 Jul 1970Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1971Acting AVM : 28 Dec 1973
AVM : 01 Oct 1974Acting Air Marshal : 23 Sep 1976Air Marshal : 01 Oct 1976C-in-C : 30 Sep 1976
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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
11 Apr 1944 - 20 Jun 1947Plt OffrNo.3 Squadron, RIAFKohat To 7Sqn
15 Jul 1951 - 01 Jun 1952Sqn LdrNo.2 SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
01 May 1959 - 01 Dec 1959Sqn LdrNo.106 SquadronAgra Commanding Officer
01 Dec 1959 - 01 Nov 1962Wg CdrNo.106 SquadronAgra Commanding Officer
- Gp Capt17 WingGorakhpur Station Commander
14 Jul 1970 - 31 Oct 1972Air Cmde8 WingAdampur Air Officer Commanding
01 Mar 1976 - 13 Sep 1976Air MshlNo 1 Operational GroupJodhpur Air Officer Commanding
30 Sep 1976 - 30 Apr 1978Air MshlTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding in Chief
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 3
   
Vir Chakra
Flt LtRandhir Singh2135 GD(P)Award Date 20 Mar 1947Announced 20 Nov 1950
Details :

Flt. Lt. (now Wg. Cdr.) Randhir Singh (2135) flew 185 hours of Operational flying in close support of our troops while commanding a flight of a ground attack Squadron during the Jammu and Kashmir Operations.

He always set a magnificent example by engaging targets with vigour and zeal in spite of his aircraft being hit by enemy fire on several occasions. His leadership, coolness and courage in the face of enemy, inspired confidence in other pilots of the Squadron.

For the outstanding services rendered by him during the Kashmir Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Unit : 7 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 20th November 1950 - No.13 - Pres dated 15th November 1950
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptRandhir Singh2135 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1970Announced 26 Jan 1970
Details :

Group Captain Randhir Singh was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1942. He saw active service during World War II. He has held various staff and command appointments. He attended Fighter Controllers Course and Ground Attack Course on Canberra in the U.K. He also attended the Indoctrination Course in Aviation Medicine. He has commanded many operational Squadrons and an operational station with distinction. He has flown a variety of modern aircraft. In 1951, he did creditable work by bringing a Squadron from number plate basis to fully operational status in a short time. Again, in 1959, he took over the command of another important flying Squadron and developed it into an effective unit within a brief spell. He himself flew numerous sorties with commendable results until the end of the Chinese aggression. During the 1965 conflict with Pakistan, with complete disregard to personal comforts, he successfully directed the air defence operations within his area of responsibility.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19700126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Randhir Singh2135 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : AIR COMMODORE RANDHIR SINGH, AVSM, VR C. (2135) F (P): During the recent Indo-Pak hostilities Air Commodore Randhir Singh was in command of a forward base [Adampur] in the Western Sector. He planned the defence of his base so meticulously that the enemy's Air Force was unable to attack it in any manner. As the operations progressed, he, not only frustrated the enemy's evil designs by capturing some of the agents, but was able to organise the support- ing services on the base so well that all through the operations the squadrons could provide the desired number of close support and offensive sorties with utmost effectiveness inspite of the stiff enemy opposition. His untiring zeal and outstanding leadership was an example to all personnel during the difficult days of the conflict. His overall contribution towards the air operations in the Western Sector was most commendable. He rendered distinguished services of the most exceptional order.
Unit : AFS Adampur
Reference : GoI19720126

Accidents and Incidents: 3

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
12 May 1946Spitfire VIIIcMT744Fg Offr Randhir Singh
3Sntacruz UC failed to lock down - collapse on lan
18 Jun 1947Tempest IIPR596Flt Lt Randhir Singh
3Miranshah - ac ran off runway and into ditch after
20 Jun 1947Tempest IIPR855Flt Lt Randhir Singh
3Miranshah - uc collapse on ldg