Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Air Commodore Murat Singh Aulakh

Service No & Branch 1660 GD(P) (Orig: GD(O))
Date of Birth: 17 Mar 1918 Commissioned: 06 Jan 1941 Course: 5 OBS Course
Service End: Retired on 16 Mar 1970 Died on 04 May 2006 (88 Years age)
Qualifications Held :
Remarks : DoE to be verified
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 06 Jul 1942Sqn Ldr : 15 Aug 1948Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1952Acting Gp Capt : 23 May 1956
Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1961Acting Air Cmde : 12 Jan 1963Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1965
Training and Other Courses Attended
6 DSSC (Wg Cdr) - 30 Jun 19534 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1964
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

01 Feb 1942 - Plt OffrNo.3 Flight (Coastal Defence)Calcutta 
05 Dec 1942 - 07 Jul 1944Fg OffrNo.7 Squadron Squadron Navigator To 1EFTS for Pilot Trg
11 Jul 1945 - 09 Feb 1946Fg OffrNo.7 Squadron Squadron Pilot fm 151OTU
10 Feb 1946 - 28 Mar 1946Flt LtNo.7 Squadron Flight Commander B Flt
29 Mar 1946 - Flt LtIndian Air Training Corps DelhiDelhi 
23 Mar 1947 - 01 Dec 1947Sqn LdrNo.2 SquadronKohat Commanding Officer Fm RAFAmb
28 May 1948 - Sqn LdrSrinagar Dett, 1 WingSrinagar Officer Commanding
12 Apr 1949 - 26 May 1950Wg CdrNo.12 SquadronAgra Commanding Officer
21 Sep 1953 - 23 May 1956Wg CdrAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
01 Dec 1953 - Wg Cdr3 WingPalam (Delhi) Officer in Charge Flying
15 Oct 1957 - 09 Jun 1959Gp Capt1 Tactical Air CenterJallandhar Commanding Officer
10 Jun 1959 - 28 Feb 1961Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director Training
01 Mar 1961 - 17 Dec 1962Gp Capt12 WingChandigarh Station Commander
- Air CmdeJammu & KashmirSrinagar Air Officer Commanding
14 Jan 1965 - 08 Jan 1968Air CmdeCentral Air CommandCalcutta Senior Air Staff Officer
15 Jan 1968 - 03 Feb 1969Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Operational CommandSimla Air Officer Commanding
04 Feb 1969 - Air CmdeAviation Research CenterDelhi Operations Manager
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Mention in Despatches
Wg CdrMurat Singh Aulakh1660 GD(P)Award Date Announced 13 Jan 1951
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India , 17th February 1951 - No.2 - Pres dated 13th February 1951
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeMurat Singh Aulakh1660 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1973Announced 26 Jan 1973
Details :

Air Commodore MOORAT SINGH AULAKH (1660) Flying (Pilot) Citaiton Not Available.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19730126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
27 Dec 1944Hurricane IICKX421Fg Offr Murat Singh Aulakh
1SFTSSwung after landing.

Additional Notes

Remarks: Obituary Note added: 2017-08-29
Few know that Air Commodore Aulakh was the first Station Commander of Air Force Station 12 Wing. The Chandigarh air force station has done yeoman service to the IAF and Army and even helped the Navy in repairs to naval aircraft. The Station was raised by Air Commodore Aulakh in March 1961. He was commissioned into the Royal Indian Air Force in 1941 along with Late Air Cmde ASM Bhavnani and just after Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh. He saw action in the Second World War in Burma and commanded No. 12 squadron from 1949 to 1950. He went on to hold important appointments in the IAF and also commanded the Communications Squadron responsible for flying VVIPs from 1953 to 1956. He served as Air Officer Commanding Jammu and Kashmir, Central Air Command and headed Aviation Research Centre of the Research and Analysis Wing.A fine Anglo-Indian IAF officer, now settled in Australia, tells us about the 1962 China–India war in the Ladakh area where Gen. ‘Tappy’ Raina gave the Chinese a bloody nose and Air Cmde Aulakh was there to support the Army’s transport needs. Gen. Raina was one eyed and he became BGS of 33 Corps after that. Aulakh was a delightful character and it is reported that Gen. Bewoor once asked him to take Tappy up in a Vampire T11, over the Himalayas, which we know was an amazing experience. Raina wanted to have a look to see whether the Chinks were building a road to the border in a particular area. Gen Bewoor said Tappy saw more with his one eye than he did with his 2!!!During the 1962 conflict with China, Air Commodore Murat Singh Aulak was AOC J & K. The Air Force under his leadership and the Army under Gen SP Verma and Brigadiers Grewal (till Sep 62) and TN Raina (after Sept 62) blunted the Chinese attack in this Sector. Much has been written about the reverses in NEFA but very little about the successful defence in Ladakh.

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