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Air Marshal Randhir Singh

Service No & Branch 2135 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 01 Jan 1922 Commissioned: 21 Dec 1942 Course: 15 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 1977 Superannuated Died on 18 Sep 2018 (96 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Plt Offr : 21 Jun 1943Fg Offr : 21 Dec 1943Flt Lt : 15 Feb 1949Sqn Ldr : 01 May 1955
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1963Acting Gp Capt : 07 May 1965Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1967Acting Air Cmde : 15 Jul 1970
Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1971Acting AVM : 28 Dec 1973AVM : 01 Oct 1974Acting Air Marshal : 23 Sep 1976
Air Marshal : 01 Oct 1976C-in-C : 30 Sep 1976
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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

11 Apr 1944 - 20 Jun 1947Plt OffrNo.3 SquadronKohat Squadron Pilot
21 Jun 1947 - 01 Dec 1948Flt LtNo.7 Squadron Flight Commander
15 Jul 1951 - 01 Jun 1952Sqn LdrNo.2 SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
01 May 1959 - 01 Dec 1959Sqn LdrNo.106 SR UnitAgra Commanding Officer
01 Dec 1959 - 01 Nov 1962Wg CdrNo.106 SquadronAgra Commanding Officer
07 May 1965 - 02 Jan 1967Gp Capt511 Signal UnitDinjan Commanding Officer
02 Jan 1967 - 15 Aug 1969Gp Capt17 WingGorakhpur Station Commander
17 Aug 1969 - 14 Jul 1970Gp Capt1 Tactical Air CenterJallandhar Commanding Officer
14 Jul 1970 - 31 Oct 1972Air Cmde8 WingAdampur Air Officer Commanding
- 01 Dec 1975AVMAviation Research CenterDelhi Operations Manager
11 Jun 1976 - No.106 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Mar 1976 - 13 Sep 1976Air MarshalNo 1 Operational Group (SWAC)Jodhpur Air Officer Commanding
23 Sep 1976 - 29 Apr 1978Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vir Chakra
Flt LtRandhir Singh2135 GD(P)Award Date 20 Mar 1947Announced 20 Nov 1950
Details :

Flt. Lt. (now Wg. Cdr.) Randhir Singh (2135) flew 185 hours of Operational flying in close support of our troops while commanding a flight of a ground attack Squadron during the Jammu and Kashmir Operations.

He always set a magnificent example by engaging targets with vigour and zeal in spite of his aircraft being hit by enemy fire on several occasions. His leadership, coolness and courage in the face of enemy, inspired confidence in other pilots of the Squadron.

For the outstanding services rendered by him during the Kashmir Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Unit : 7 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 20th November 1950 - No.13 - Pres dated 15th November 1950
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptRandhir Singh2135 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1970Announced 26 Jan 1970
Details :

Group Captain Randhir Singh was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1942. He saw active service during World War II. He has held various staff and command appointments. He attended Fighter Controllers Course and Ground Attack Course on Canberra in the U.K. He also attended the Indoctrination Course in Aviation Medicine. He has commanded many operational Squadrons and an operational station with distinction. He has flown a variety of modern aircraft. In 1951, he did creditable work by bringing a Squadron from number plate basis to fully operational status in a short time. Again, in 1959, he took over the command of another important flying Squadron and developed it into an effective unit within a brief spell. He himself flew numerous sorties with commendable results until the end of the Chinese aggression. During the 1965 conflict with Pakistan, with complete disregard to personal comforts, he successfully directed the air defence operations within his area of responsibility.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19700126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Randhir Singh2135 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : AIR COMMODORE RANDHIR SINGH, AVSM, VR C. (2135) F (P): During the recent Indo-Pak hostilities Air Commodore Randhir Singh was in command of a forward base [Adampur] in the Western Sector. He planned the defence of his base so meticulously that the enemy's Air Force was unable to attack it in any manner. As the operations progressed, he, not only frustrated the enemy's evil designs by capturing some of the agents, but was able to organise the support- ing services on the base so well that all through the operations the squadrons could provide the desired number of close support and offensive sorties with utmost effectiveness inspite of the stiff enemy opposition. His untiring zeal and outstanding leadership was an example to all personnel during the difficult days of the conflict. His overall contribution towards the air operations in the Western Sector was most commendable. He rendered distinguished services of the most exceptional order.
Unit : AFS Adampur
Reference : GoI19720126

Accidents and Incidents: 4

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
05 May 1944Hurricane IICLB606Fg Offr Randhir Singh
3 SqnTyre Burst on take o
12 May 1946Spitfire VIIIcMT744Fg Offr Randhir Singh
3 SqnSntacruz UC failed t
18 Jun 1947Tempest IIPR596Flt Lt Randhir Singh
3 SqnMiranshah - ac ran o
20 Jun 1947Tempest IIPR855Flt Lt Randhir Singh
3 SqnPilot of No.7 Sqdn u

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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