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Air Marshal Krishna Bihari Singh

Service No 5865 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 15 Dec 1939
Date Commissioned 28 May 1960 Course 77 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Dec 1997 / Died on 22 Feb 2016
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Acting Gp Capt : 07 Sep 1982Gp Capt : 26 Oct 1983Air Cmde : 01 Dec 1987AVM : 19 May 1992
Air Marshal : 14 Feb 1995C-in-C : 01 Jun 1995
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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
01 Jan 1971 - Sqn Ldr1 Delhi Air Sqn NCCDelhi CO
- Air Cmde14 WingChabua AOC
- AVMAir Force Naval Housing BoardDelhi DG
- Air MshlTraining CommandBangalore SASO
01 Jun 1995 - 31 Dec 1997Air MshlTraining CommandBangalore AOC-in-C
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 4
    
Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn LdrKrishna Bihari Singh5865 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1973Announced 26 Jan 1973
Details :

Squadron Leader Krishna Bihari Singh as NCC Examiner standardized glider training in the NCC. Under his command his NCC squadron was adjudged the best Air Wing Squadron (Flying/gliding) and won both the CAS Silver Trophy and Subroto Air Trophy for the year 71-72.

Awarded Vishisht Seva Medal for his selfless devotion to service and qualities of leadership of a high order.

Unit : NCC
Reference : GoI19730622No
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrKrishna Bihari Singh5865 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1974
Details :

Squadron Leader Krishna Bihari Singh has been in command of No. 1 (Delhi) Air Squadron NCC since January, 1971. He was selected as the manager/pilot of DG NCC Gliding team for the first National Gliding Championship held at Kanpur in April-May 1973. All competing pilots had to be holders of Gold 'C' Distance Leg Badge which meant performance of a cross country of 300 kilometres. Squadron Leader Krishna Bihari Singh had no experience in glider cross country flying. He took up the challenge to fulfill this condition so that the DG NCC team could participate in the National Championship. He was provided with an Olympia glider which was made airworthy on 20th April, 1973. With barely a week in hand he set about this task in an earnest manner. His attempts at 300 kilometres cross country were unsuccessful on 20th & 21st April due to inclement weather. On the 22nd April, 1973 he was struggling from 1100 hours to gain enough height to set course for Kanpur, a distance of 390 kilometres, but weather conditions were unfavourable. Finally in a daring move he set course from a low height of only 2600 feet and at a very late hour of the day. He was down to a height of 1400 feet over Tilpat Range but managed to continue soaring with skill and determination. After covering a distance of 285 kilometres, he was forced to land short of Kanpur due to poor thermal activity and failing light. He was retrieved to Kanpur the next day by the ground party. After one more unsuccessful attempt, he finally completed a distance of 306 kilometres from Kanpur to Varanasi on the 27th April, 1973 and thus earned a Gold 'C' Distance Badge of the Federation Aironautique Internationale for himself and paved the way for the entry of the DG NCC team into the Championship.

He is the first in the NCC to earn this distinction. During the Championship he was flying an Olympia glider (1947 manufacture) with a glide ratio of 1:18 against modern high performance sailplanes with glide ratios of 1:28 to 1:36. He was competing against veteran glider pilots of the country with far more experienced than him. In spite of these handicaps, he succeeded in securing 4th position amongst 11 participants at the National level.

Squadron Leader Krishna Bihari Singh thus displayed courage, determination, professional skill and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Air Force.

Unit : 1 (Delhi) Air Sqn NCC
Reference : Gazette of India dated 6th July 1974 - No.85 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1974
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMKrishna Bihari Singh5865 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1994Announced 26 Jan 1994
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Krishna Bihari Singh (5865) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force on 26 May 1960.

He made a mark in the history of NCC wherein in April 1973, he successfully attempted cross country in glider for a distance of more than 300 kms. He was awarded VSM in 1973 for this unique achievement. He was AVSM 1994 awarded 'Vayu Seva Medal' in 1974 for distinguished service.

An A-2 Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI), he was specially selected to form part of Indian Contingent for training pilots in Iraq. After this tenure, he was posted as Chief Instructor at Elementary Flying School at Bidar. He has held the appointments of Chief Operations Officer of a Fighter Wing, Air Officer Commanding a forward base in Eastern Sector and JD Training at Air HQ.

As Air Officer Commanding of a Fighter Base, he was responsible for air maintenance, communications and the fighter flying training including that of famous 'Thunderbolts Formation Aerobatic Team'. The Air Officer Commanding of such a base has to perform the onerous task of ensuring safe, smooth and efficient conduct of varied operations, each characterized by its associated problems. That the “Thunderbolts Aerobatic Team" succeeded in increasing the number of aircraft from six to nine, is an indication of his managerial skill.

On his promotion as Air Vice Marshal, he took over his present appointment of Director General, Air Force and Naval Housing Board (AFNHB) in April 1992. The Board, at that time, was facing many legal suits filed by allottees, societies and contractors. AVM KB Singh by his personal efforts, leadership and determination, resolved most of the disputes of intricate nature. He effected strict economy in all spheres of activities thus bringing down the per unit cost of housing. He also ensured completion of long overdue final costing of completed projects in the minimum time which has resulted in substantial refunds to the allottees. These measures have not only benefited the allottees financially but also enhanced the prestige and creditably of AFNHB.

Air Vice Marshal Krishna Bihari Singh VM VSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19940126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalKrishna Bihari Singh5865 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1997Announced 26 Jan 1997
Details :

Air Marshal KB Singh, AVSM, VM, VSM was commissioned on 26 May 1960 as a Fighter Pilot. He has 4000 hours accident free flying to his credit. He was awarded VSM in 1972. The Air Officer was awarded VM in 1974 for flying a glider cross-country of 300 Km. He has held the appointments of Director General of Air Force Naval Housing Board and Director of Personnel (Officers) at Air HQ. For distinguished service he was awarded AVSM in 1994. For his long and intimate association with flying training, he was appointed the first Commodore Commandant of the Flying Instructors School. He took over as Air Officer Commanding-inChief of Training Command on 01 June 1995.

Air Marshal KB Singh has introduced new flying training patterns for more efficient and cost effective training of pilots. He was instrumental in analysing the problems connected with maintenance of HPT-32 trainer aircraft and initiating remedial measures. During the calendar year 95, there were a total of 10 aircraft accidents in Training Command. With his perseverance and managerial skills, he made immense contributions to the cause of flight safety by ensuring accident free flying during the year 1996. Under his dynamic leadership, the Commanders and supervisors have displayed a greater sense of commitment and dedication and enhanced the quality and standard of Training. With his vision and management of resources, the infrastructure at the training institutions have been vastly improved resulting in greater degree of comfort in working and living conditions for personnel.

Air Mshl KB Singh has been entrusted with a major portion of the task of conducting the International Air Show, Aero-India 96, at Yelahanka. He is also responsible for raising a new Formation Aerobatics Team “Surya Kiran" in Training Command to project the image and enhance the prestige of the Indian Air Force.

Air Mshl KB Singh, AVSM, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19970126