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Air Commodore Bir Inder Singh

Service No & Branch 5040 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 15 Nov 1935 Commissioned: 14 Jan 1956 Course: 67 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 1989 Voluntary Retirement Died on 11 May 2023 (88 Years age) Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Jan 1957Flt Lt : 14 Jan 1961Sqn Ldr : 14 Jan 1967Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1976
Acting Gp Capt : 20 Jun 1977Gp Capt : 01 Jul 1979Acting Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1983Air Cmde : 18 May 1984
Training and Other Courses Attended
8 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Jun 19549 PAI (Flt Lt) - 01 Feb 1962
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Air Cmde
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 1970Sqn LdrIraq AFIraq Flying Instructor
01 Jan 1967 - 01 Jan 1968Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
15 Jul 1974 - 05 Jun 1977Wg CdrNo.24 Squadron Commanding Officer
- 29 Apr 1980Gp CaptTraining CommandBangalore Command Flying Training Officer
30 Apr 1980 - 12 Jul 1981Gp Capt34 WingBhaisana (Bhatinda) Station Commander
01 Apr 1983 - 15 Apr 1984Air CmdeNCC HQ ( (Karnataka & Goa)Bangalore Deputy Director General
16 Apr 1984 - 24 Sep 1986Air Cmde18 WingPathankot Air Officer Commanding
22 Aug 1986 - 31 Oct 1989Air CmdeAir Force AcademyDundigal Deputy Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrBir Inder Singh5040 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1977
Details :

Wing Commander Bir Inder Singh took over command of a fighter squadron in July 1974. He has flown over 4000 hours and has participated, with distinction, In the IndoPak Conflicts of 1965 and 1971. Due to his personal attention Wing Commander Bir Inder Singh has maintained an excellent flight safety record over the past two years. During the Inter-Squadron Gunnery Meet, 1975, his Squadron was the best Squadron in front­gun firing and bombing. When the squadron was required to operate a detachment of aircraft from a transport base, Wing Commander Bir Inder Singh undertook and executed this task effectively. Wing Commander Bir Inder Singh has displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 24 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 27th May 1978 - No.29- Pres/78 dated 26th January 1977
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeBir Inder Singh5040 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1985Announced 26 Jan 1985
Details :

Air Commodore Bir Inder Singh VM (5040) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Air Force in January 1956. He has over 4400 hours to his credit. He actively participated in both wars with Pakistan. He was the Director of NCC Directorate of Karnataka and Goa for a year w.e.f, Apr 83. Within this short period, he has been able to achieve the following outstanding results:

He personally supervised the camp training for the competitions which were to be held for the Prime Minister's Championship Banner and ensured that selection of cadets was based purely on merit. He personally selected and trained Air Wing cadets for the competition at all India lelvel. A girl cadet from his Directorate won the Gold Medal and a boy cadet the Silver Medal during the Prime Minister's Rally Championship Banner in Jan 84.

From his Directorate maximum number of cadets were selected for participants in the Republic Day as well as Guard of Honour contingents. The standard of drill achieved by Karnataka & Goa contingent was exceptionally good. During the All India Level camps held at Gurgaon and Ghaziabad for boys and girls respectively, cadets from Karnataka & Goa Directorate stood first in all the competitions which counted towards the Prime Minister's Championship Banner. In November 1983, due to his initiative, 750 NCC cadets participated in traffic duties during the CHOGM (Commonwealth Head of Government Meet) at Goa. Further, 17 cadets were trained as guides who helped the wives of the Heads of States during their stay at Goa. He volunteered to undertake all Hand Gliding training for the basic as well as advanced stage in his Directorate. A comprehensive case for introduction of Hand Gliding in NCC organization prepared by him is with the Government. Besides he also introduced wind surfing in his Directorate.

He was able to achieve exceptionally good rapport with the Karnataka State Government. The Chief Minister was so impressed by him that he went out of his way to sanction incentives for the NCC cadets which have proved to be a tremendous motivating factor. Further the State Government, at his persuasion, in actively considering the reservation of seats for NCC cadets in Home Guards, Forest, Police, Education and Fire Services Department in addition to allotting a certain quota for admission to the Post Graduate and MBA Courses.

As a result of his visits to various universities the Vice Chancellor of Mysore University has agreed to introduce the NCC as an integral part of the curricular in some of the selected colleges on trial basis from the next academic session onwards.

Air Commodore Bir Inder Singh VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19850126
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