During the Pakistani aggression in September, 1965, a Signals unit commanded by Squadron Leader Bawa Pritpal Singh had been instrumental in giving early warning of enemy air raids in the Jammu region. Despite threats of shelling and many air raids, this signals unit had been functioning round the clock with commendable efficiency. On many occasions this unit alerted Amritsar, Pathankot and Ambala about the approach of enemy aircraft from this area towards them. The unit also alerted the air defence systems when slow moving enemy aircraft were detected flying in this sector. Such enemy aircraft could be expected to drop paratroops in our territory near the vital positions.
Through perseverance and personal supervision and guidance Sqn Ldr Singh made it possible to work the old radar equipment of the S.U. for more than 19 hours a day. The vigilance was without any breakdown during the entire period of the operations. The leadership, technical skill and devotion to duty displayed by Sqn Ldr Singh has been of very high order and is in keeping with highest traditions of the Indian Air Force.