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Air Marshal Prem Pal Singh

Service No & Branch 3871 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Transport| Bomber
Date of Birth: 10 Feb 1929 Commissioned: 15 Apr 1950 Course: 51/52 Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Feb 1987 Superannuated Died on 13 Aug 2020 (91 Years age) Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 15 Apr 1951Flt Lt : 15 Apr 1955Sqn Ldr : 15 Apr 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1967
Acting Gp Capt : 15 Oct 1970Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1972Acting Air Cmde : 27 Aug 1976Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1976
Acting AVM : 19 Mar 1979AVM : 01 Oct 1979Acting Air Marshal : 01 Jul 1983Air Marshal : 01 Jul 1983
C-in-C : 08 Jan 1986
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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

01 May 1952 - 31 Jan 1955Flt LtPresident's SecretariatDelhi Aide De Camp
20 Mar 1965 - 25 Apr 1967Wg CdrNo.5 SquadronAgra Commanding Officer
15 Jan 1968 - 21 Nov 1970Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
- 01 Dec 1971Gp CaptCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air-I
31 Dec 1972 - 26 Aug 1976Gp CaptEmbassy of India, FranceParis Air Attache
27 Aug 1976 - 09 Feb 1977Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Intelligence
21 Feb 1977 - 17 Mar 1979Air Cmde4 WingAgra Air Officer Commanding
19 Mar 1979 - 30 Jun 1983AVMPSO: Inspection & Safety, Air HQDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Flight Safety & Inspection
01 Jul 1983 - 05 Nov 1984Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
06 Nov 1984 - 07 Jan 1986Air MarshalPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
08 Jan 1986 - 28 Feb 1987Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Maha Vir Chakra
Wg CdrPrem Pal Singh3871 GD(P)Award Date 06 Sep 1965Announced 10 Sep 1965
Details : Wing Commander Prem. Pal Singh was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 15 April 1950. In the beginning he served as a Dakota pilot but later he switched over to the Canberra aircraft

During the Indo-Pak War 1965, Wing Commander Prem Pal Singh commanded No. 5 "Tuskers" Squadron, stationed at Agra. The unit equipped with the Canberra bomber, was assigned the triple task of tactical bombing, close support and armed patrolling. Under his able guidance the squadron carried out tactical bombing of various targets to destroy the Pakistan Air Force on the ground. Led by Wing Commander Prem Pal Singh himself, Pak army camp east of Gujarat and airfields at Chaklala, Dab, Murid, Akwal, Risalwala, Wagowal, Sargodha and Peshawar were successfully attacked by his bombers.

The squadron gave close support to the army in Kasur, Khem Karan, Pasrur, Chawinda and Sialkot sectors. Bombs were dropped on the enemy concentrations at all these places. During the period of war the squadron undertook 39 sorties of armed patrolling over Agra, Palam, Ambala, Halwara and Adampur. Most of the operational missions over the enemy territory were carried out during the hours of darkness. The targets were identified in the moon-light. These dangerous operational sorties were undertaken in the face of heavy enemy anti-aircraft fire with exceptional courage and determination.

Wing Commander Prem Pal was awarded the Mahavir Chakra for displaying a high sense of duty and gallantry.

Unit : 5 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.124 - Pres/65 dated 10th September 1965
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Prem Pal Singh3871 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Group Captain Prem Pal Singh was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Air Force on 15th April, 1950. Initially, he was a transport pilot and served in a number of transport and communication units. Later, he converted on to jet bomber aircraft, and has since served in all the Canberra bomber units of the Air Force, and commanded one of them.

Group Captain Prem Pal Singh is at present the Staff Officer incharge of operations at a Command Headquarters. He planned the bomber operations during the recent conflict with Pakistan. Taking into account the enemy anti-aircraft dispositions, fighter defences, navigational problems and other relevant factors, he drew up elaborate and detailed plans. He visited all the bomber bases and personally briefed the Squadron Commanders on the tasks allotted to their units. His efforts were to a large extent responsible for the success of our bomber aircraft during the operations. He has, thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit : CAC
Reference : GoI19720126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPrem Pal Singh3871 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1985Announced 26 Jan 1985
Details :

Air Marshal Prem Pal Singh MVC AVSM (3871) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Air Force on 15th April, 1950. Initially, he served as a pilot in transport squadrons and later converted on to Jet bomber aircraft. During the 1965 war with Pakistan, as the Commanding Officer of a Canberra Bomber Squadron, he was awarded Maha Vir Chakra for gallantry, and bravery. Subsequently, he served as the Directing Staff of the Defence Services Staff College.

In 1971, Air Marshal Prem Pal Singh was the Staff Officer incharge of operations at Command Headquarters. He meticulously planned the bomber operations in the western sector as well as against Pakistani occupation forces in Bangla Desh and thus contributed to the success of our bomber operations in 1971. For his leadership, drive and devotion to duty in peace as well as war time, he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.

In 1979 after a successful tenure as an Air Attaché, France and Air Officer Commanding of a major Wing, he was posted to Air Headquarters as Assistant Chief of

the Air Staff Flight Safety and Inspection. During this period, in addition to his Air Force duties he shouldered the responsibilities as the President of the Services Sports Control Board. Besides he was also selected as one of the Vice Presidents of Indian Olympic Associations as well as member of the working Committee of many other sports federations.

For the conduct of IX Asian Games, he was appointed the Chief Administrator of the Prestigious Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium. This task involved dexterous handling and coordination between multifarious agendas and was executed in a commendable manner.

On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal, he was posted as Senior Air Staff Officer Central Air Command, an appointment which ha presently holds. By his leadership, drive and devotion to duty Air Marshal Pram Pal Singh has rendered distinguished Service of the most exceptional order.

Unit : CAC
Reference : GoI19850126
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