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Air Chief Marshal Dilbagh Singh

Service No 2998 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 10 Mar 1926
Date Commissioned 04 Sep 1944 Course 26 Course
Service End Retired on 03 Sep 1984 / Died on 09 Feb 2001
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 01 Jul 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1964Acting Gp Capt : 12 Jan 1966Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1968
Acting Air Cmde : 25 Jul 1970Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1972Acting AVM : 16 Feb 1976AVM : 01 Oct 1976
Acting Air Marshal : 04 Sep 1978Air Marshal : 04 Sep 1978C-in-C : 04 Sep 1978Air Chief Marshal : 01 Sep 1981
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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
22 May 1945 - Plt OffrNo.1 Squadron, RIAFKohat 
15 May 1946 - 16 Aug 1946Plt OffrNo.3 Squadron, RIAFKolar Fm 1Sqn to UK
01 Aug 1955 - 01 Feb 1956Sqn LdrNo.2 SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
14 Feb 1957 - 26 Mar 1959Sqn LdrNo.1 SquadronKalaikunda Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1961 - 01 Dec 1961Wg CdrArmament Training WingJamnagar Chief Instructor
02 Mar 1962 - 14 Mar 1965Wg CdrNo.28 SquadronChandigarh Commanding Officer
15 Mar 1965 - 01 Dec 1965Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi DD (Weapons)
06 Jan 1966 - 30 Apr 1969Gp Capt9 WingHalwara Station Commander
01 Sep 1970 - Air Cmde2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Air Officer Commanding
10 Jan 1974 - 10 Feb 1976Air Cmde7 WingAmbala Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 1976 - AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
14 Sep 1976 - 28 Aug 1978Air MshlNo 1 Operational GroupJodhpur Air Officer Commanding
04 Sep 1978 - 31 Dec 1980Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding in Chief
01 Sep 1981 - 03 Sep 1984Air Chf MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Chief of Air Staff
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 4
    
Mention in Despatches
Fg OffrDilbagh Singh2998 GD(P)Award Date Announced 13 Jan 1951
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : AFS Ambala
Reference : Gazette of India , 17th February 1951 - No.2 - Pres dated 13th February 1951
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrDilbagh Singh2998 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details :

Wing Commander Dilbagh Singh took over command of the fighter Squadron of MIG-21 on its formation in March 1963, and in spite of the difficulties of a new unit, Wing Commander Dilbagh Singh achieved combat readiness and operational efficiency of his unit in the shortest possible time. In addition to the Squadron training he also had to undertake the training of the newly posted Pilots. Wing Commander Dilbagh Singh has to his credit 4400 hours of accident free flying on single-engined aircraft of which about 1000 hours are on jet fighters alone, which is a very creditable achievement. By his exceptional skill, zeal and enthusiasm, Wing Commander Dilbagh Singh converted his unit in a well-knit team of officers and airmen. Wing Commander Dilbagh Singh displayed commendable professional skill and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Unit : 28 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeDilbagh Singh2998 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1971Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Group Captain (now Air Commodore) Dilbagh Singh was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in September 1944. He attended Day Fighter's Leader's Course and RAF Staff College Course in the U.K. He has commanded operational units with distinction and has also held important staff and training appointments. While commanding an operational Flying Station from 1966 to 1969, he displayed outstanding qualities of leadership and also administrative and organising ability. Again, recently while holding an Air Staff appointment at an Operational Command Headquarters he successfully planned and conducted operational exercises. His unremitting efforts, initiative and zeal have contributed greatly towards achieving a high state of training and combat effectiveness of a Fighter Squadrons in the Command.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19710126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalDilbagh Singh2998 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1979Announced 26 Jan 1979
Details :

Air Marshal Dilbagh Singh was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1944. In his long career in the Indian Air Force, he has commanded operational formations with distinction and has excelled in planning of operations and their execution. He has made valuable contribution towards combat readiness of the Indian Air Force squadrons, By his outstanding qualities of leadership, administrative and organising ability, initiative and drive, he infused a healthy spirit of competition amongst the operational units of the Indian Air Force. As Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of an Operational Group, he was instrumental in updating the operational and air defence plans, and enhancing the fighting efficiency of the Air Force in his Sector. He has constantly endeavoured to bring about allround improvements in the Indian Air Force.

Air Marshal Dilbagh Singh has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19790126