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Air Commodore Mehar Singh

Service No & Branch 1559 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 20 Mar 1915 Commissioned: 01 Aug 1936 Course: 6 IAF Cranwell Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Sep 1948 Resigned Died on 16 Mar 1952 (37 Years age) Nick Name : Baba
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Aug 1938Flt Lt : 30 Apr 1943Acting Sqn Ldr : 01 Oct 1943Sqn Ldr : 15 Mar 1945
Acting Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1944Acting Gp Capt : 15 May 1947
Badges Qualified
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Plt Offr

Sqn Ldr

Wg Cdr

Gp Capt
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

06 Sep 1934 - 31 Jul 1936Flt CdtRAF Academy CranwellCranwell,UK Cadet
01 Jan 1937 - Plt OffrNo.1 Squadron Squadron Pilot
01 Jul 1941 - Fg OffrNo.3 Flight (Coastal Defence)Calcutta 
14 Apr 1942 - 15 Aug 1942Sqn LdrNo.3 SquadronPeshawar Commanding Officer
16 Aug 1942 - Sqn LdrStaff College, QuettaQuetta Staff Course 5th Course
01 Dec 1942 - 30 Sep 1944Sqn LdrNo.6 SquadronTiruchirapally Commanding Officer
- 14 May 1947Wg CdrMoDDelhi Mermber Armed Force Natio
01 Oct 1944 - 25 Dec 1944Wg CdrNo.6 SquadronTiruchirapally Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1945 - Wg Cdr7 GHQ Officers Selection Dehradun Deputy President
12 Sep 1945 - 15 Mar 1946Wg CdrIndian Air Force Demonstration FlightKohat Officer Commanding
15 Mar 1946 - Wg CdrRAF Station KohatKohat Station Commander
15 May 1947 - Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Gp Capt (Flying Trg)
15 May 1947 - 14 Aug 1947Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Gp Capt (Plans & Training)
15 Aug 1947 - 18 Nov 1947Gp CaptAir Operations, Air HQDelhi Gp Capt (Operations)
22 Dec 1947 - 27 Sep 1948Air CmdeNo 1 Operational Group (WAC)Delhi Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Distinguished Service Order
Sqn LdrĀ Ā Mehar Singh1559 GD(P)Award Date Announced 28 Mar 1944
Details : Sqn Ldr Mehar Singh, DSO. IND/1559 : This officer has completed a very large number of operations, and has displayed great skill, courage and determination. He is a most inspiring leader, whose example has been reflected in the fine fighting spirit of the squadron. This officer has rendered most valuable service.
Unit : 6 Squadron
Reference : London Gazette 36443 dated 24 March 1944. Page 1443 (Courtesy Hugh Halliday)
Maha Vir Chakra
Air CmdeMehar Singh1559 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1950Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Throughout his tenure as A.O.C. No. 1 Group controlling operations in Jammu & Kashmir, Air Commander Mehar Singh displayed great devotion to duty at personal risks and set an example to those serving under him. He was the first pilot to land an aircraft at the emergency landing ground at Poonch and at Leh. These tasks were not part of his duty but in view of the fact that these were hazardous tasks, he was first to carry them out to give confidence to his junior pilots.

Unit : No.1 Op Group
Reference : Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Notification No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
06 Oct 1938Wapiti IIAK1279Fg Offr Mehar Singh
AC Ghulam Ali
1 SqnOn 6 October, a Wapi
24 Oct 1941Douglas DC2DG471Fg Offr Mehar Singh
Fg Offr Mike VLASTO
31 Sqdnaborted TO at Drigh

Additional Notes

Remarks: IAF Note added: 2013-06-18

Articles from Main Site

Spitfires in the Sun by Air Commodore Vikram Singh -
My Experiences in the 47-48 War with 8 Squadron by Gp Capt Micky Blake VrC (Retd) -
The Man behind the legend - Mehar Singh by Maj Gen Syed Ali Hamid (Retd - Pakistan Army) -

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