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Air Commodore Surinder Singh

Service No & Branch 3009 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 24 Apr 1925 Commissioned: 04 Sep 1944 Course: 26 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Mar 1976 Superannuated Died on 25 May 1980 (55 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Plt Offr : 04 Mar 1945Flt Lt : 04 Sep 1949Sqn Ldr : 01 Jul 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1964
Acting Gp Capt : 10 Sep 1965Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1968Acting Air Cmde : 14 Mar 1971Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1972
Training and Other Courses Attended
102 CFS (Fg Offr) - 14 Jan 194818 DSSC (Wg Cdr) - 31 Jul 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

30 Jun 1945 - 21 Jul 1945Plt OffrNo.2 SquadronAkyab Sqn Pliot
27 Jul 1945 - 12 Jun 1946Plt OffrNo.3 SquadronSt Thomas Mt Squadron Pilot
13 Jun 1946 - 15 Jul 1947Plt OffrNo.9 Squadron Squadron Pilot
18 Jul 1947 - Fg OffrNo.10 Squadron Squadron Pilot
01 Feb 1961 - 02 Jan 1964Wg CdrNo.16 SquadronPune/ Kalaikunda Commanding Officer
10 Jan 1967 - 07 Apr 1968Gp Capt2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Station Commander
01 Apr 1968 - 01 Jan 1970Gp Capt10 WingJorhat Station Commander
10 Mar 1971 - 06 Jan 1974Air Cmde1 Air Defence Control CentreAmbala Air Officer Commanding
07 Jan 1974 - 31 Mar 1976Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Offensive Operations
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptSurinder Singh3009 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1966Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details :

Group Captain Surinder Singh has been a staff officer in-charge of air operations at Headquarters Western Air Command since 17th July, 1964. A very experienced Canberra pilot and a former Canberra Squadron Commander, he was made responsible for planning bomber operations during the recent campaign. Planning of even training sorties in peace is very time consuming and complex process; planning of bomber operations in war is even more so when factors like enemy anti aircraft and fighter defences, entry into and exit from the enemy area, low level night navigational problems and war load, which are normally not come across in peace, have to be worked out in the minutest detail to ensure successful execution. Throughout the period of operations, Group Captain Surinder Singh worked hard with serious purpose; he not only planned the sorties but briefed the squadron and Flight Commanders personally. The excellent work he turned in is reflected in the unqualified success of our bomber operations.

Group Captain Surinder Singh has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19660126
Bar to Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeSurinder Singh3009 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Air Commodore Surinder Singh was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force in September, 1944. He has served in a number of fighter and fighter bomber squadrons of the Air Force and is a qualified Flying Instructor. Later, he converted on to Jet Bombers and served in two Canberra Squadrons, having also commanded one of them. He has also held various Staff and Command appointments. He is one of the few officers who has commanded more than one operational wing. For his distinguished service, he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in January 1966. After attending the Imperial Defence College Course abroad, he came back to India to command an Air Defence Control Centre. He worked with great devotion and determination to improve the Air Defence Organisation in his sector. He visited all the Air Defence units and instilled in them the urgency of getting the entire air defence organisation up to the highest peak of efficiency. He planned and introduced a special low level reporting system in his sector; he trained all the personnel necessary for that organisation and also personally visited every site selected by him for these success of his work both in peace time and during hostilities can be gauged by the with which intruding Pakistani aircraft were intercepted. Air Commodore Surinder Singh has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19720126

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
25 Apr 1945Hurricane IICHW492Plt Offr Surinder Singh
151OTUpart of fuselage tor
30 Jan 1946Spitfire VIIIMV232Plt Offr Surinder Singh
3 SqnCollision between MV

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