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Air Commodore Surinder Singh

Service No 3009 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 24 Apr 1925
Date Commissioned 04 Sep 1944 Course 26 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Mar 1976
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 01 Jul 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1964Acting Gp Capt : 10 Sep 1965Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1968
Acting Air Cmde : 14 Mar 1971Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1972
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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
30 Jun 1945 - 21 Jul 1945Plt OffrNo.2 Squadron, RIAFAkyab To 3Sqn
27 Jul 1945 - 12 Jun 1946Plt OffrNo.3 Squadron, RIAFSt Thomas Mt To 9Sqn
01 Jun 1946 - Plt OffrNo.9 Squadron, RIAF Fm 3Sqn
18 Jul 1947 - Fg OffrNo.10 Squadron, RIAF Fm 9RIAF
01 Feb 1961 - 02 Jan 1964Wg CdrNo.16 SquadronPune/ Kalaikunda CO
- 01 Mar 1968Gp Capt2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Stn Cdr
- Gp Capt10 WingJorhat Stn Cdr
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptSurinder Singh3009 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1966Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details :

Group Captain Surinder Singh has been a staff officer in-charge of air operations at Headquarters Western Air Command since 17th July, 1964. A very experienced Canberra pilot and a former Canberra Squadron Commander, he was made responsible for planning bomber operations during the recent campaign. Planning of even training sorties in peace is very time consuming and complex process; planning of bomber operations in war is even more so when factors like enemy anti aircraft and fighter defences, entry into and exit from the enemy area, low level night navigational problems and war load, which are normally not come across in peace, have to be worked out in the minutest detail to ensure successful execution. Throughout the period of operations, Group Captain Surinder Singh worked hard with serious purpose; he not only planned the sorties but briefed the squadron and Flight Commanders personally. The excellent work he turned in is reflected in the unqualified success of our bomber operations.

Group Captain Surinder Singh has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19660126
Bar to Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeSurinder Singh3009 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Air Commodore Surinder Singh was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force in September, 1944. He has served in a number of fighter and fighter bomber squadrons of the Air Force and is a qualified Flying Instructor. Later, he converted on to Jet Bombers and served in two Canberra Squadrons, having also commanded one of them. He has also held various Staff and Command appointments. He is one of the few officers who has commanded more than one operational wing. For his distinguished service, he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in January 1966. After attending the Imperial Defence College Course abroad, he came back to India to command an Air Defence Control Centre. He worked with great devotion and determination to improve the Air Defence Organisation in his sector. He visited all the Air Defence units and instilled in them the urgency of getting the entire air defence organisation up to the highest peak of efficiency. He planned and introduced a special low level reporting system in his sector; he trained all the personnel necessary for that organisation and also personally visited every site selected by him for these success of his work both in peace time and during hostilities can be gauged by the with which intruding Pakistani aircraft were intercepted. Air Commodore Surinder Singh has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19720126