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Air Marshal Lal Singh Grewal

Service No 2337 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 09 Mar 1924
Date Commissioned 29 Mar 1943 Course 16 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Dec 1980
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 29 Mar 1944Acting Gp Capt : 20 Jun 1963Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1965Acting Air Cmde : 04 Jan 1968
Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1968Acting AVM : 04 Jan 1973AVM : 01 Apr 1973C-in-C : 24 Apr 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

10 Jan 1944 - 19 Apr 1944Plt OffrNo.9 Squadron, RIAFBhopal Fm 151OTU to 10Sqn
02 May 1944 - 12 Nov 1945Act Plt OffrNo.10 Squadron, RIAF 
31 Oct 1945 - Fg OffrIndian Air Force Display FlightKohat Fm 10Sqn
15 Apr 1946 - 31 Aug 1946Fg OffrNo.9 Squadron, RIAF To 12Sqn
15 Aug 1946 - 23 May 1947Fg OffrNo.12 Squadron, RIAFBhopal 
01 Jun 1947 - 12 Aug 1947Fg OffrNo.6 Squadron, RIAFMauripur 
10 Oct 1955 - 31 Jul 1957Wg CdrNo.12 SquadronAgra CO
02 Aug 1960 - 27 May 1962Wg CdrNo.12 SquadronAgra CO
08 Sep 1972 - 01 Jan 1973Air Cmde12 WingChandigarh AOC
01 Jan 1973 - 01 Dec 1973Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Intelligence)
24 Apr 1976 - 12 Aug 1978Air MshlEastern Air CommandShillong AOC-in-C
24 Aug 1978 - 31 Jan 1980Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi DCAS
01 Feb 1980 - 31 Dec 1980Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi VCAS
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vir Chakra
Flt LtLal Singh Grewal2337 GD(P)Award Date 30 Nov 1948Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Flight Lieutenant (Now Wing Commander) Lal Singh Grewal (2337) distinguished himself by making the maximum number of landings by day and night at Poonch while it was under enemy fire. Further he dropped supplies of ammunitions and rations in inclement weather to our Garrisons in Kotli and Mirpur, when these places were subjected to heavy enemy fire. This officer also captained aircraft during night bombing sorties.

On 21st March 1948, when Poonch was being shelled heavily by the enemy, he made two hazardous landings in Poonch , one by day and the other by night without any landing aids to deliver urgently required heavy guns and ammunition to our troops. He also flew in regularly much needed supplies to LEH. Throughout the Jammu and Kashmir Operations, this officer carried out the duties allocated to him with courage, determination and devotion to duty. His example was a source of inspiration to all the pilots of his Squadron.

For the valuable services rendered by him during Jammu and Kashmir Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra

Unit : 12 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , Extraordinary, No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrLal Singh Grewal2337 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1963Announced 26 Jan 1963
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMLal Singh Grewal2337 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1971Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Reference : Gazette of India : No.26 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971