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Air Vice Marshal Chandan Singh

Service No & Branch 3460 F(P)
Date of Birth: 08 Jul 1924 Commissioned: 27 Jul 1946 Course:
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 1980 Voluntary Retirement Died on 29 Mar 2020 (96 Years age)
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 27 Jul 1951Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1965Acting Gp Capt : 02 Jan 1967Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1969
Acting Air Cmde : 09 Feb 1973Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1973Acting AVM : 08 Jan 1977AVM : 01 Apr 1977
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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

- 01 Dec 1960Sqn LdrNo.43 SquadronJorhat Flight Commander
- 01 Dec 1958Sqn LdrDelta Sqn, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Squadron Commander
01 Nov 1962 - 31 Aug 1968Wg CdrAviation Research CenterCharbatia Assistant Operations Manager
01 Jan 1970 - 01 Dec 1971Gp Capt10 WingJorhat Station Commander
01 Jan 1972 - 31 Dec 1972Gp CaptRoyal College of Defence StudiesLondon, UK Staff Course
- Air CmdeHigh Commission of India, United KingdomLondon Air Advisor
- AVMAviation Research CenterDelhi Operations Manager
01 Jul 1977 - 02 Mar 1980AVMCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn LdrChandan Singh3460 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1961Announced 26 Jan 1961
Details :

Sqn Ldr Chandan Singh was seconded from the Rajasthan State Forces to the Indian Air Force in the General Duties Branch with the rank of Flying Officer in 1946. He qualified as a service pilot in 1949. He was promoted Squadron Leader in 1957. he has devised new techniques for training young pilots in high altitude flying, and has been responsible for the selection of routes which have added to the safety of flights over hazardous mountains. He is one of our outstanding transport pilots.

Unit : 43 Sqn
Reference : GoI19610126
Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrChandan Singh3460 GD(P)Award Date 20 Oct 1962Announced 26 Jan 1963
Details : On 20th October 1962, Squadron Leader Chandan Singh was detailed to carry out supply dropping in the Chip Chap area in Ladakh. On reaching the dropping zone, he noticed that the outposts were under heavy fire from the Chinese forces. He successfully dropped vital supplies to our garrison although his aircraft was hit 19 times by enemy ground fire, Squadron Leader Chandan Singh displayed courage and devotion to duty in carrying out the task in complete disregard of his personal safety.
Unit : 44 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 16th February 1963 - No. 18-Pres/63., dated 26th January, 1963
Maha Vir Chakra
Gp CaptChandan Singh3460 F(P)Award Date 07 Dec 1971Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : Group Captain Chandan Singh, AVSM. VRC is the officer commanding of an Air Force Station in the East [Air Force Station, Jorhat]. During the war with Pakistan, he was in the forefront of the air operations conducted for the liberation of Bangla Desh. Group Captain Chandan Singh was also responsible for the planning and execution of the special helicopter operations to airlift two companies of troops of the Sylhet area. When it became necessary to overcome the obstacles in the advance of the army towards Dacca, he planned and executed the move of nearly 3,000 troops and 40 tons of equipment and heavy guns with the extremely limited helicopter force at his disposal. This operation entailed landing the troops and equipment near heavily defended areas by night. Prior to each mission he personally carried out reconnaissance in the face of heavy enemy fire. On the night of December 7/8 he flew eight missions, deep into enemy territory to supervise the progress of the helicopter airlift and to guide and inspire his pilots who were facing heavy opposition from ground tire. Later he undertook a further 18 missions in the same operation, always leading the landings at new places. On many occasions his helicopter was hit by ground fire, but this did not deter him from further missions. The success of this major airborne operation contributed significantly to the fall of Dacca and the capitulation of tie Pakistan armed forces, in Bangla Desh. The leadership, drive and determination coupled with the bravery shown by Group Captain Chandan Singh over an extended .period of time, are in the highest traditions of the Air Force.
Unit : 10 Wing
Reference : Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
24 Aug 1948SpitfireFg Offr Chandan Singh
AFS(I)On landing lost cont

Additional Notes

Remarks: JK Cement Note added: 2021-02-21

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