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Air Chief Marshal Dilbagh Singh

Service No & Branch 2998 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 10 Mar 1926 Commissioned: 04 Sep 1944 Course: 26 Course
Service End: Retired on 03 Sep 1984 Superannuated Died on 09 Feb 2001 (75 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A1
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Plt Offr : 01 Jan 1945Fg Offr : 15 Aug 1948Flt Lt : 04 Sep 1949Sqn Ldr : 01 Jul 1955
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1964Acting Gp Capt : 12 Jan 1966Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1968Acting Air Cmde : 25 Jul 1970
Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1972Acting AVM : 16 Feb 1976AVM : 01 Oct 1976Acting Air Marshal : 04 Sep 1978
Air Marshal : 04 Sep 1978C-in-C : 04 Sep 1978Air Chief Marshal : 01 Sep 1981
Training and Other Courses Attended
96 CFS (Fg Offr) - 02 Apr 194713 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1973
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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

22 May 1945 - 14 May 1946Plt OffrNo.1 SquadronKohat Squadron Pilot
15 May 1946 - 16 Aug 1946Plt OffrNo.3 SquadronKolar Squadron Pilot
01 May 1947 - 28 Feb 1949Fg OffrAdvanced Flying School (India)Ambala Flying Instructor
07 Mar 1949 - 14 Jul 1951Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolAmbala Flying Instructor
15 Jul 1951 - 01 Jul 1952Flt LtNo.10 SquadronBarrackpore/ Halwara Flight Commander
07 Jul 1952 - 06 May 1954Flt LtNo.1 Air Force AcademySecunderabad Flying Instructor
07 May 1954 - 31 Jul 1955Sqn Ldr7 WingAmbala Officer in Charge Flying
01 Aug 1955 - 01 Feb 1956Sqn LdrNo.2 SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
24 May 1956 - 30 Jul 1956Sqn LdrCFE UKNorfolk Day Fighter Leaders Cours 34th Course
16 Aug 1956 - 31 Jan 1957Sqn LdrFrance Air ForceFrance Mystere Conversion
14 Feb 1957 - 26 Mar 1959Sqn LdrNo.1 SquadronKalaikunda Commanding Officer
01 Apr 1959 - 06 Dec 1959Sqn LdrNo 1 Operational Group (EAC)Calcutta Ops 1
07 Dec 1959 - 30 Apr 1961Sqn LdrEastern Air CommandCalcutta Ops 1
01 May 1961 - 31 Mar 1962Sqn LdrRoyal Air Force Staff CollegeAndover, UK Staff Course 19th Course
01 May 1962 - 30 Sep 1962Wg CdrArmament Training WingJamnagar Chief Instructor
09 Oct 1962 - Wg CdrSoviet Air ForceLugovoya MiG-21 Conversion
02 Mar 1963 - 14 Mar 1965Wg CdrNo.28 SquadronChandigarh Commanding Officer
15 Mar 1965 - 20 Dec 1965Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Director, Weapons
06 Jan 1966 - 30 Apr 1969Gp Capt9 WingHalwara Station Commander
01 May 1969 - 24 Jul 1970Gp CaptCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air-I
25 Jul 1970 - 15 Aug 1970Air Cmde2 Air Defence Control CentreAllahabad Air Officer Commanding
16 Aug 1970 - 25 Jan 1973Air Cmde2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Air Officer Commanding
10 Jan 1974 - 10 Feb 1976Air Cmde7 WingAmbala Air Officer Commanding
16 Feb 1976 - 22 Sep 1976AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
14 Sep 1976 - 28 Aug 1978AVMNo 1 Operational Group (SWAC)Jodhpur Air Officer Commanding
04 Sep 1978 - 31 Dec 1980Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Jan 1981 - 31 Aug 1981Air MarshalPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
01 Sep 1981 - 03 Sep 1984Air Chief MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Chief of Air Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Mention in Despatches
Fg OffrDilbagh Singh2998 GD(P)Award Date Announced 13 Jan 1951
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : AFS Ambala
Reference : Gazette of India , 17th February 1951 - No.2 - Pres dated 13th February 1951
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrDilbagh Singh2998 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details :

Wing Commander Dilbagh Singh took over command of the fighter Squadron of MIG-21 on its formation in March 1963, and in spite of the difficulties of a new unit, Wing Commander Dilbagh Singh achieved combat readiness and operational efficiency of his unit in the shortest possible time. In addition to the Squadron training he also had to undertake the training of the newly posted Pilots. Wing Commander Dilbagh Singh has to his credit 4400 hours of accident free flying on single-engined aircraft of which about 1000 hours are on jet fighters alone, which is a very creditable achievement. By his exceptional skill, zeal and enthusiasm, Wing Commander Dilbagh Singh converted his unit in a well-knit team of officers and airmen. Wing Commander Dilbagh Singh displayed commendable professional skill and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Unit : 28 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeDilbagh Singh2998 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1971Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Group Captain (now Air Commodore) Dilbagh Singh was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in September 1944. He attended Day Fighter's Leader's Course and RAF Staff College Course in the U.K. He has commanded operational units with distinction and has also held important staff and training appointments. While commanding an operational Flying Station from 1966 to 1969, he displayed outstanding qualities of leadership and also administrative and organising ability. Again, recently while holding an Air Staff appointment at an Operational Command Headquarters he successfully planned and conducted operational exercises. His unremitting efforts, initiative and zeal have contributed greatly towards achieving a high state of training and combat effectiveness of a Fighter Squadrons in the Command.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19710126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalDilbagh Singh2998 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1979Announced 26 Jan 1979
Details :

Air Marshal Dilbagh Singh was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1944. In his long career in the Indian Air Force, he has commanded operational formations with distinction and has excelled in planning of operations and their execution. He has made valuable contribution towards combat readiness of the Indian Air Force squadrons, By his outstanding qualities of leadership, administrative and organising ability, initiative and drive, he infused a healthy spirit of competition amongst the operational units of the Indian Air Force. As Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of an Operational Group, he was instrumental in updating the operational and air defence plans, and enhancing the fighting efficiency of the Air Force in his Sector. He has constantly endeavoured to bring about allround improvements in the Indian Air Force.

Air Marshal Dilbagh Singh has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19790126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
30 Jan 1952Tempest IIHA-464Flt Lt Dilbagh Singh
10 SqnNosed over verticall

Articles from Main Site

Technical Training College - Later AFTC by Air Cmde RHD Singh's Collection -

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