Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Wing Commander Rajbir Singh

Service No & Branch 14287 F(P)
Date of Birth: 08 Sep 1954 Commissioned: 23 Jan 1976 Course: 115 Course
Service End: Died in Service 18 Aug 1994 (40 Years age) Aircraft Accident Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 21 Sep 1992
Training and Other Courses Attended
46 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1974
Badges Qualified
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

13 Jun 1982 - 01 Jun 1984Flt LtNo.114 Helicopter Unit Squadron Pilot
06 Jun 1994 - 18 Aug 1994Wg CdrNo.125 Helicopter SquadronPathankot Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrRajbir Singh14287 F(P)Award Date 03 Nov 1987Announced 26 Jan 1988
Details :

Squadron Leader Rajbir Singh served in the Indian Air Force element of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka. On 3rd November 1987 Squadron Leader Singh was detailed to strike the militant strongholds which were impeding the advance of a para commando Regiment towards Mulai. On reaching the area he was directed to attack a stronghold which was heavily defended with heavy machine guns. In spite of heavy ground fire he carried out repeated front gun attacks with deadly accuracy. During his third attack on a machine gun nest the aircraft was hit by ground fire. After pulling out of the attack he noticed that the left engine was damaged and had heavy oil leak. He immediately switched off the left engine and established flight on single engine to avoid engine fire. Though the aircraft was heavily loaded with ammunition, he decided not to jettison the much needed armament stores. Squadron Leader Rajbir Singh realized that he was flying over a very hostile area and forced landing would result in getting captured by the militants. He kept absolutely calm and nursed the aircraft back in a very professional manner. He tried to contact base on Radio Telephony but the Radio set had also been damaged due to ground fire. In spite of heavy traffic over base, he landed the aircraft on a single engine without causing any damage to the aircraft.

Squadron Leader Rajbir Singh thus displayed conspicuous gallantry and professional competence in the face of the militant ground fire.

Unit : 125 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 20th April 1988 - No.37 - Pres/88 dated 15th April 1988

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
01 Aug 1991Mil Mi-35Sqn Ldr Rajbir Singh
Sqn Ldr Dilip Bhaskar Fulay
104 HSPatnitop for hill fl
18 Aug 1994Mil Mi-25Z-2553Wg Cdr Rajbir Singh +
Flt Lt Amardeep Bhardwaj +
125 HSCr Tikka Bagri Mahad

Articles from Main Site

No.1 Squadron by Pushpindar Singh -
No.10 Squadron by Pushpindar Singh -
Flying Officer Kartar Singh Saund - a Photo Album by Updates -
Birender Singh Dhanoa by 31 Dec 2016 -
Arjan Singh - Marshal of the Indian Air Force by Roopinder Singh -
First to the Last - 50 years of the MiG 21 with the IAF by Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar (Retd) and Pushpindar Singh -
Canberras in the Congo by Pushpindar Singh -
Overview : Indian Peace Keepers in Sri Lanka by Pushpindar Singh Chopra -
December Diary : With the Battle Axes by Wg Cdr Kulbir Singh Harnal (Retd) -
Wish I had a gun! by Air Cmde Manbir Singh VrC VM -
Sukhoi-7 BMK - A whale of a fighter by R Chattopadhyay -
The Antonov 12 in the Bombing Role by Squadron Leader (Retd.) Douglas Augier -
AVRO 748 In India - More Than Four Decades On by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava -
No.1 Squadron by Pushpindar Singh -
"Then Whose Battle Was It?" - Sqn Ldr M S Pujji by K S Nair -
Sikh Pilots in the IAF in WW2 by Pushpindar Singh -
The Man behind the legend - Mehar Singh by Maj Gen Syed Ali Hamid (Retd - Pakistan Army) -

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