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Air Marshal Man Mohan Singh

Service No & Branch 4023 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 03 Aug 1930 Commissioned: 19 Jan 1951 Course: 54 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jul 1988 Resigned Died on 21 Sep 2020 (90 Years age) Flying Hours : 4701
Qualifications Held :
Remarks : Resigned on being superceded for the post of Chief of Air Staff
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 19 Jan 1952Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1967Acting Gp Capt : 03 Mar 1972Acting Air Cmde : 19 Mar 1976
Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1977Acting AVM : 06 Apr 1981AVM : 06 Apr 1981Air Marshal : 27 Nov 1984
C-in-C : 22 Aug 1985
Training and Other Courses Attended
11 APFIC (Fg Offr) - 17 Mar 195318 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1978
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

28 Aug 1949 - 19 Jan 1951Flt CdtNo.1 Air Force AcademyAmbala Trainee
19 Jan 1951 - 05 Jun 1951Plt OffrConversion Training UnitAmbala Trainee
15 Jun 1951 - 26 Oct 1952Plt OffrNo.10 Squadron Squadron Pilot
18 Mar 1953 - 31 Jul 1955Fg OffrNo.2 Air Force AcademyJodhpur Flying Instructor
01 Aug 1955 - 07 Feb 1956Fg OffrNo.2 Air Force CollegeJodhpur Flying Instructor
14 Feb 1956 - 27 May 1957Fg Offr1 Ground Training SchoolJalahalli 
28 May 1957 - 15 Dec 1958Flt LtNo.51 (Auxiliary AF) SquadronDelhi Squadron Pilot
16 Dec 1958 - 12 Sep 1960Flt LtJet Training WingHakimpet Flying Instructor
13 Sep 1960 - 19 Oct 1960Flt LtNo.52 (Auxiliary AF) SquadronDelhi Squadron Pilot
20 Oct 1960 - 11 Jul 1961Flt Lt11 Signal Unit 
12 Jul 1961 - 15 Jul 1962Flt Lt16 Signal Unit 
15 Jul 1962 - 08 Mar 1964Sqn LdrNo.24 Squadron Commanding Officer
17 Mar 1964 - 22 Feb 1966Sqn LdrNo.17 Squadron Flight Commander
23 Feb 1966 - 15 May 1966Wg Cdr15 WingBareilly Officer in Charge Flying
16 May 1966 - 15 Sep 1967Wg CdrNo.24 Squadron Commanding Officer
21 Sep 1967 - 27 Nov 1967Wg CdrUSSRUSSR Su-7 Conversion
10 Jan 1968 - 10 Mar 1968Wg CdrNo.26 SquadronAdampur Commanding Officer
21 Mar 1968 - 25 Jun 1969Wg CdrWestern Air CommandDelhi Ops 1
26 Jun 1969 - 15 Feb 1972Wg CdrNo.15 SquadronBagdogra Commanding Officer
01 Mar 1972 - 02 Apr 1974Gp Capt11 WingTezpur Station Commander
03 Apr 1974 - 11 Aug 1974Gp CaptUSSRUSSR Pechora Course
12 Aug 1974 - 30 Jun 1975Gp CaptNucleus Unit 
01 Jul 1975 - 14 Mar 1976Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi JD (Tech Ops)
15 Mar 1976 - 23 Dec 1977Air Cmde1 WingSrinagar Air Officer Commanding
30 Dec 1978 - 09 Jan 1981Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-I
09 Jan 1981 - 31 Oct 1984AVMSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur Senior Air Staff Officer
15 Apr 1983 - No.15 Squadron Commodore Commandant
27 Nov 1984 - 21 Aug 1985Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel
22 Aug 1985 - 31 Jul 1988Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vir Chakra
Wg CdrMan Mohan Singh4023 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1973
Details :

Wing Commander (now Group Captain) Man Mohan Singh was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in January 1951. During the India-Pakistan conflict of December, 1971, he was in command of an Operational Fighter Squadron in the Eastern Sector. His squadron flew 110 sorties in Bangladesh in close support and anti-shipping roles and met all its operational commitments without damage to any of its aircraft. He personally led 19 sorties and successfully engaged enemy defence positions, gun boats and ships despite heavy ground fire. When the heliborne operations across the Maghana river commenced, his squadron provided very effective air cover for the successful completion of the task. In addition, the squadron provided valuable support to the Army in Agartala Sector inspite of the fact that the aircraft had to operate from a short runway at Agartala.

Throughout the operations, he displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 15 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 16th June 1973 - No.37 - Pres/73 dated 26th January 1973
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptMan Mohan Singh4023 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1975Announced 26 Jan 1975
Details :

Group Captain Man Mohan Singh was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in January 1951. He has held with distinction, many important flying appointments including the Command of fighter Squadrons and an operational flying station. He was awarded Vir Chakra for his acts of gallantry during the Indo-Pak Conflict, 1971. While commanding a Fighter Station, he set to work with commendable energy and perseverance in the face of numerous difficulties and brought his Squadrons to a high state of offensive preparedness. His dynamic leadership, personal endeavour and persistent efforts, have paid rich dividends. A Pilot of outstanding calibre, his unflagging zeal and understanding have earned an excellent inter­service support and co­operation. By his outstanding leadership in flying, administrative and technical preparations he has brought his Wing to a very high level of combat efficiency.

Throughout, Group Captain Man Mohan Singh has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19750126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalMan Mohan Singh4023 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1986Announced 26 Jan 1986
Details :

Air Marshal Man Mohan Singh was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force in January 1951 and has held important Command and Staff appointments, including Command of three Fighter squadrons and two frontline Fighter Air Bases, Senior Air Staff Officer of an operational Command and Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel at Air Headquarters. He held all these posts in an extremely distinguished manner.

An outstanding Fighter Pilot, Air Marshal MM Singh took active part in Indo-Pak conflict during 1971 and was awarded Vir Chakra for gallantry and leadership in the face of the enemy. Subsequently, while commanding a Fighter Station in the Eastern Sector, he set to work with commendable zeal and perseverance despite numerous difficulties and achieve a high state of operational preparedness of the Base. For his outstanding leadership in flying, and application of competent administrative and technical knowledge to enhance combat efficiency of his Station, he was awarded AVSM.

After graduating from the National Defence College, he was posted to be Senior Staff appointment in WAC and designed an integrated air-defence system that continues in practice to this day. Later, as Senior Air Staff Officer of a major operational Command, he was instrumental in enhancing the operational combat capability of various elements and significantly improved the operational preparedness of the Command.

On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal in 1984, he took over as Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel at Air Headquarters. He continued to display rare qualities of leadership, professional competence and exceptional acumen for planning and execution of tasks of his Branch.

Air Marshal Man Mohan Singh, AVSM, VrC, has, thus, rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19860126
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