Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh

Service No & Branch 1963 ENG
Date of Birth: 04 Feb 1909 Commissioned: 03 Sep 1942 Course:
Service End: Retired on 04 Feb 1964 Superannuated Died on 06 Sep 1971 (62 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 03 Sep 1942Flt Lt : 01 Apr 1949Sqn Ldr : 15 Aug 1949Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1951
Acting Gp Capt : 14 Aug 1948Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1955Acting Air Cmde : 24 Mar 1958Air Cmde : 10 Oct 1958
Acting AVM : 15 May 1959AVM : 10 Dec 1961C-in-C : 26 Jan 1955
Training and Other Courses Attended
51/52 (Gp Capt) - 15 Apr 1950
Google the Bharat Rakshak Website for : "H Singh"

Offr Cdt

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

28 Jun 1944 - 14 Dec 1946Fg OffrRAF Station KohatKohat Stn Eng Offr Fm UK To Peshawar
15 Aug 1947 - 08 Aug 1948Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi W/C (Dy STSO)
09 Aug 1948 - 26 Jan 1955Gp Capt1 Base Repair DepotKanpur Commanding Officer
26 Jan 1955 - 23 Mar 1958Gp CaptMaintenance CommandKanpur Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
24 Mar 1958 - 14 May 1959Air CmdeMaintenance CommandKanpur Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
15 May 1959 - 02 Aug 1963AVMMaintenance CommandKanpur Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
Incomplete Information? Additions? Corrections? Please download Template File and follow instructions.

Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Member of the Order of the British Empire
Fg OffrHarjinder Singh1963 ENGAward Date Announced 01 Jun 1943
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : 1 Squadron
Reference :
Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVMHarjinder Singh1963 ENGAward Date 26 Jan 1962Announced 26 Jan 1962
Details :

Born in 1909, Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh joined the Indian Air Force on its formation in 1932 as a technician. He served in the ranks till 1942 when he was granted a Commission in the Technical Branch. Since then, he has served in both Command and Staff appointments. He was appointed Officer Commanding, Base Repair Depot, in 1949 and Air Officer Commanding Maintenance Command, in 1955 when that Command was formed. The status of Maintenance Command was raised and A.V.M. Harjinder Singh was promoted in his present rank and appointed Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command.

In early 1960 it was decided to manufacture in the country a transport aircraft to replace Dakotas which were in short supply. After a decision by the Government to manufacture the AVRO-748 aircraft was taken, this task was given to A.V.M. Harjinder Singh who was asked to build the first aircraft as soon as possible and to set up a manufacturing line at the Base Repair Depot at Kanpur. This modern jet transport aircraft could only be manufactured with skilled and experienced personnel. An aircraft manufacturing depot was established alongside the Base Repair Depot at Kanpur under the Command of A.V.M. Harjinder Singh who was asked to undertake the manufacture of this aircraft. Jigs and tools were set up in the record time, mostly from available resources under the personal supervision of A.V.M. Harjinder Singh. Air Force personnel who have so far been accustomed exclusively to repair and overhaul work were trained in the factory methods and given the task of manufacture. With the assistance of a few specialists from England, the I.A.F. personnel numbering about 440 in all, built the first production model of the AVRO-748 in the aircraft manufacturing depot at Kanpur in a record time of 17 months when the production model was still being manufactured in the U.K. The Indian made AVRO-748 gave a flying display on 26th November 1961, when the Prime Minister blessed its maiden flight in Delhi.

The speed with which this aircraft was constructed by Air Force personnel with no previous manufacturing experience and with the resources which previously were mostly used for maintenance and repair and the quality of workmanship itself, which even the A.V. Roe of U.K. have acknowledged as something unique in aircraft industry, are a tribute to the tireless energy, skill and personal example of Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh. Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit : MC
Reference : GoI19620126

Articles from Main Site

The data in the header section of this page comes from the Gazette of India - Click here to see the source
Note: All the data available here is publicly available in the Gazette of India, published by the Indian Government, or from public domain sources, press releases about Awards and Right-To-Information (RTI) Requests. Additionally data shared by veterans is added to the page with permission. No data with respect to serving officers below the rank of AVM is displayed. Information in Gazette of India and Award citations and photographs as released by the Indian Air Force are the only details displayed.