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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

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
- Wg CdrNo.49 Squadron Commanding Officer
- Wg CdrNo.2209 Squadron Commanding Officer
- Gp CaptAFS SuryalankaSuryalanka Station Commander
- Air CmdeAFS TambaramChennai Air Officer Commanding
- AVMSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Senior Air Staff Officer
- 31 Dec 1997Air MshlTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Feb 1996 - 09 Jan 1997Air MshlNational Defence AcademyPune Commandant
01 Jan 1998 - 31 Mar 2001Air MshlTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding in Chief
 
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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 :

Air Marshal JS Rai VM & Bar was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force on 26 May 1962 as a transport pilot. He has over 10,800 hours of flying on various types of aircraft and helicopters on the inventory of the Indian Air Force.

Air Marshal JS Rai, as a young officer, served for long in the valleys of NEFA, flying Otters and Dakotas. Thereafter, he became a Qualified Flying Instructor and has since then trained numerous trainees to graduate as aviators in the Indian Air Force. During his last stint on Instructional assignments, he has also held appointments of Flight Commander and Chief Instructor of Training Establishments. His staff appointments include Inspector at Directorate of Air Staff Inspections and Director of Operations (Transport and Helicopters) at Air Headquarters. He has also served as Senior Air Staff Officer at HQs Southern Air Command and Training Command. For his long and intimate association with operational flying, he has been appointed Commodore Commandant of No. 59 Squadron, Air Force in Nov 1991. He is an alumni of National Defence College.

For Command appointments, the Air Marshal has commanded 2209 Missile Squadron, Air Force Station, Suryalanka, No. 49 Squadron and Air Force Station, Yelahanka. Prior to his appointment as Senior Air Staff Officer at Training Command, he held the appointment of Commandant of National Defence Academy. He took over as Air Officer Commanding-inChief of Training Command, IAF on 01 Jan 1998. Air Marshal JS Rai has introduced new flying pattern for more efficient and cost-effective training of pilots. He has been instrumental in analysing critical problems connected with maintenance of HPT-32 aircraft and in initiating remedial measures in consultation with various DRDO organizations to restore confidence of the Instructors and trainees in the aircraft. Under his able and dynamic leadership, the Commanders and Supervisors in the field have displayed a greater sense of commitment and dedication resulting in better flying environment and highest standard of training. His imaginative management of resources has caused the infrastructure at the training institutions as also living conditions for personnel to greatly improve.

Air Marshal JS Rai VM & Bar has thus rendered distinguished service of most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19990126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

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