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Air Marshal Prithi Singh

Service No 4480 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 09 Apr 1934
Date Commissioned 01 Apr 1953 Course 60 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Apr 1992 / Died on 16 Oct 2012
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1971Acting Air Cmde : 26 Mar 1979Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1979AVM : 19 Oct 1984
C-in-C : 01 Aug 1988
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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

01 Jan 1969 - Wg CdrNo.101 Squadron CO
01 Dec 1970 - 01 Jul 1973Wg CdrHindustan Aeronautics LimitedBangalore TP
01 Jul 1973 - 15 Jul 1976Wg Cdr32 WingJodhpur OC Flying
16 Jul 1976 - 28 Dec 1977Gp Capt9 WingHalwara Stn Cdr
01 Jan 1978 - 01 Dec 1978Gp CaptNational Defence CollegeDelhi Student
01 Jul 1979 - 01 Sep 1982Air CmdeAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore Cmdt
02 Sep 1982 - 01 Sep 1984Air CmdeEastern Air CommandShillong Air-I
01 Sep 1984 - 01 Aug 1985Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Trg)
01 Aug 1985 - 28 Feb 1987AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi ACAS (Ops)
01 Mar 1987 - 31 Jul 1988Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi DCAS
01 Aug 1988 - 30 Apr 1992Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi AOC-in-C
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrPrithi Singh4480 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Wing Commander Pirthi Singh took over command of a fighter Squadron which was being re-equipped with a new type of aircraft. He personally carried out extensive trials to collect valuable data required for maximum exploitation of this aircraft. Re­equipment of this Squadron at a forward base demanded very close supervision and leadership. The problems associated with induction of this aircraft in the Indian Air Force were also unusual. Inspite of the difficulties, the Squadron became fully operational in remarkably short time and Wing Commander Singh himself attained the highest instrument rating on the new type of aircraft.

Throughout, Wing Commander Pirthi Singh displayed devotion to duty and leadership.

Unit : 101 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971
Bar to Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrPrithi Singh4480 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1974
Details :

Wing Commander Pirthi Singh was commissioned as a Pilot in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force in April, 1953. He has been on deputation to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore Division since 7th December, 1970 as a test pilot. During this tenure, he has done 669 hours of test flying consisting of prototype and production testing. He has been actively associated with development work on the HF-24 Trainer, Kiran aircraft and larger external fuel tank tests on the Gnat aircraft. He has displayed a high degree of skill and intelligence during the conduct of this very exacting and difficult task. He has also been associated with prototype trials of Boosters for an operational type of aircraft and he successfully carried out the first flight with this device.

Throughout, Wing Commander Pirthi Singh has displayed courage, professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

Unit : HAL
Reference : Gazette of India dated 6th July 1974 - No.85 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1974
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptPrithi Singh4480 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1978Announced 26 Jan 1978
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPrithi Singh4480 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1989Announced 26 Jan 1989
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