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Air Marshal Jagbir Singh Rai

Service No 6507 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 29 Mar 1941
Date Commissioned 26 May 1962 Course 81 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Mar 2001 / Died on 05 Jan 2017
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jul 1980Gp Capt : 28 Mar 1985Air Cmde : 08 Feb 1989Acting AVM : 21 Mar 1994
AVM : 21 Mar 1994Air Marshal : 01 Feb 1996C-in-C : 01 Jan 1998
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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

- Air MshlTraining CommandBangalore SASO
01 Feb 1996 - 09 Jan 1997Air MshlNational Defence AcademyPune Cmdt
01 Jan 1998 - 31 Mar 2001Air MshlTraining CommandBangalore AOC-in-C
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Fg OffrJagbir Singh Rai6507 GD(P)Award Date 29 Feb 1964Announced 01 Jan 1965
Details : Flying Officer Jagbir Singh Rai has been serving with a Logistic Support Squadron in NEFA. He has carried out nearly 600 operational sorties and has made nearly .500 landings in forward airfield/advance landing grounds. On 29th February 1964, Flying Officer Rai was on an operational mission flying from Dinjan to Tilling in NEFA. When the aircraft came over a river valley surrounded by high mountains and snow covered peaks, he heard a loud noise in the engine and experienced a sudden loss of power. Realising that there was no suitable area for a forced landing. Flying Officer Rai immediately turned back towards the nearest airfield at Pasighat. When he was about 10 miles from there, his engine caught fire, and thick smoke and oil covered the entire windscreen and obscured his view. Though nearly chocked by smoke he tried lo control the fire. Ultimately he crash-landed in a small river bed, sustaining severe injuries to his legs and arms. He extricated himself from the wreckage, crawled to a pool of water nearby and stayed there till he was rescued. Flying Officer Jagbir Singh Rai displayed courage and professional skill of a high order.
Unit : 59 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965.
Bar to Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrJagbir Singh Rai6507 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1975
Details :

Squadron Leader Jagbir Singh Rai was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in May, 1962. He was posted to a Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron as a Flight Commander in June, 1973. As a Flight Commander, Squadron Leader Rai carried out the training and supervision of his flight with great zeal and initiative and maintained a high categorization state of aircrew and a very high standard of flight safety. Due to his exceptional organising ability and guidance, his Flight, flew 1,810 hours during the year 1973-74 which is a record of this Squadron ever since its formation. He made efforts to achieve maximum aerial survey task output and has set up a record of surveying 30,000 square miles by Dakota Flight.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Jagbir Singh Rai, displayed exceptional organising ability, professional skill and high sense of devotion to duty in keeping with the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Unit : 106 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 21st February 1975 - No.16 - Pres/75 dated 26th January 1975
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalJagbir Singh Rai6507 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1999Announced 26 Jan 1999
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
29 Dec 1964Otter DHC-3Fg Offr Jagbir Singh Rai
59Cr in River Pasighat NEFA