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Air Marshal Trilochan Singh

Service No & Branch 5043 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 14 Jan 1956 Course: 67 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 1993 Superannuated Nick Name : Tango
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Jan 1957Flt Lt : 14 Jan 1961Sqn Ldr : 14 Jan 1967Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1976
Acting Gp Capt : 05 Sep 1977Gp Capt : 29 Aug 1979Air Cmde : 02 Jul 1984AVM : 01 Mar 1988
Air Marshal : 28 Feb 1991
Training and Other Courses Attended
8 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Jun 195410 PAI (Flt Lt) - 01 Aug 196226 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1986
Badges Qualified
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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 Nov 1963 - Flt LtNo.29 SquadronGuwahati Flight Commander
- 01 Dec 1973Sqn LdrAircrew Examination BoardHindan Flight Commander B Flt
29 Jul 1974 - 31 Aug 1977Wg CdrNo.7 SquadronChandigarh Commanding Officer
05 Sep 1977 - 20 Oct 1980Gp Capt16 WingHashimara Station Commander
01 Oct 1980 - 01 Sep 1982Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Joint Director (Air Defence)
01 Sep 1982 - 01 Jan 1986Air CmdeEmbassy of India, FranceParis Air Attache
05 Jan 1987 - 10 Jan 1988Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Operations ,Information & Electronic Warfare)
11 Jan 1988 - 01 May 1988AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Additional Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations
01 May 1988 - 28 Feb 1990AVM1 Air Defence Control CentreDelhi Air Officer Commanding
01 Apr 1990 - 22 Jun 1991AVMAir Operations, Air HQDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations
27 May 1991 - 13 Oct 1991Air MarshalPSO: Inspection & Safety, Air HQDelhi Inspector General (Inspection & Safety)
07 Oct 1991 - 30 Apr 1993Air MarshalPSO: Planning, Air HQDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Vir Chakra
Flt LtTrilochan Singh5043 GD(P)Award Date 01 Sep 1965Announced 10 Sep 1965
Details :

During the recent operational against Pakistan, Flight Lieutenant Trilochan Singh who was Deputy Flight Commander in an Operational Squadron, flew 14 operational sorties. He carried out his mission with great determination and courage in the face of heavy enemy ground fire and air opposition and succeeded in destroying a considerable number of camouflaged tanks and heavy guns. He gave effective air support to our ground forces and carried out successful air strikes on enemy armour, troops concentrations and convoys.

Throughout the operations, Flight Lieutenant Trilochan Singh displayed courage, determination and professional skill of a high order.

Unit : 3 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.131 - Pres/65 dated 10th September 1965
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrTrilochan Singh5043 F(P)Award Date 16 Jan 1975Announced 26 Jan 1976
Details : Wing Commander Trilochan Singh was detailed to carry out a night practice interception sortie on a supersonic aircraft on 16th January, 1975. While returning to base after completion of the exercise, he heard a loud bang from the intake followed by a bright flash around the aircraft. Wing Commander Trilochan Singh reacted in a most cool and calm manner and tried to analyse the occurrence. He noticed that the engine Rotation Per Minute was rapidly falling down and the engine eventually flamed out completely. He relit the engine and handling it carefully and calmly, successfully landed the aircraft at the base. Wing Commander Trilochan Singh has a distinguished record of accident free flying and has flown more than 3000 hours on jets including more than 1300 hours on supersonic aircraft. Wing Commander Trilochan Singh thus displayed courage, presence of mind. professional skill and devotion to duty of high order.
Unit : 7 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptTrilochan Singh5043 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1980Announced 26 Jan 1980
Details :

Group Captain Trilochan Singh, (5043), Flying (Pilot), who assumed Command of Air Force Station Hasimara on 5th September, 1977, set out on a plan to bring about all round improvement in the functioning of the Station. Besides meeting the flying task, the station achieved high standard of flight safety as well as serviceability, not only of aircraft but of all specialist and other transport vehicles. The maintenance Inspection Team from Air Headquarters were impressed by the high state of maintenance at the Station.

For his commendable skill and experience in operational flying, he was awarded Vir Chakra during Indo-Pak Conflict, 1965. He has served abroad as a Pilot Attack Instructor. He has used his flying skill and experience to train the pilots of his Station and to inspire confidence in them by frequently participating himself in the air combat and gunnery exercises. As a result, one of the supersonic squadrons from his Station achieved an overall Average Plus assessment from Directorate of Air Staff Inspection and won the Bombing Trophy in the Inter Squadron Gunnery Meet. The other Squadron at his base won the Front Gun Trophy in the same Gunnery Meet.

Under his scheme of welfare measures, he established shopping and Recreation Centres and Cinema Halls under self-financed schemes. These amenities have been adequately meeting the needs of his personnel residing at an isolated station and have helped them in keeping up their high morale.

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

Unit :
Reference : GoI19800126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalTrilochan Singh5043 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1991Announced 26 Jan 1991
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Trilochan Singh (5043) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Fighter Stream of the IAF on 14 June 1956. During his long service career he has held a number of key command and staff appointments including Command of a fighter squadron, an operational Base, Director Electronic Warfare at Air HQ and Senior Air Staff Officer at Western Air Command.

A veteran fighter pilot, he was awarded the Vir Chakra for conspicuous gallantry during the Indo-Pak Conflict in 1965. A dedicated Pilot Attack Instructor, he brought about remarkable improvements in the operational effectiveness of a frontline fighter squadron during his command. As a befitting squeal to his leadership of the Squadron, he was later appointed the Station Commander of a large Fighter Base in the Eastern Sector. His dynamic approach to numerous problems at this remotely located base transformed it into an exemplary station, for which he was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 1980.

As Joint Director Air Defence, he was the key figure in the induction of MiG-23 MF air defence aircraft in the IAF. He also served as a crucial member of the negotiating team for the Mirage-2000 aircraft and was instrumental in laying down the utilization philosophy and the weapon mix for this weapon system. Appointed Air Attaché in our Embassy in France in 1982, he coordinated the actual hand-over of Mirage-2000 aircraft to the IAF as well as the training of Indian pilots and technicians, apart from successfully negotiating and finalizing certain subcontracts of the Project.

A graduate of National Defence College, his contribution as DEW in exploitation of the IAF's meager inventory was noteworthy. In 1988, he was appointed the Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) at Western Air Command. As SASO of this Command, he was deeply involved in the planning and finalization of operational plans. He conceived relocation of the air defence elements of the WAC; making the system far more effective.

A graduate of Senior Defence Management Course, the Air Officer brings to bear his varied operational and administrative experience in his present appointment of Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations) and continues to make significant contributions to our operational preparedness through innovative utilization of resources.

Air Vice Marshal Trilochan Singh AVSM, VrC, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19910126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
06 Sep 1965Mystere IVaFlt Lt Trilochan Singh
3 SqnDest on ground Patha

Articles from Main Site

The India-Pakistan Air War of 1965 by P V S Jagan Mohan & Samir Chopra -
Training At Cranwell by Jagan Pillarisetti -
Mission to Chamb by Gp Capt Apram Jeet Singh VrC (Retd) -
Tank Busting In The Chamb by Air Marshal Trilochan Singh PVSM AVSM VrC VM (Retd) -
Memories Of No.8 Squadron, IAF by Sqn Ldr T J Thomas -
Pioneers of Formation Aerobatics in IAF by Gp Capt Bharat Singh VrC, VM, MAeSI. -
Burn the Toofanis! - a story from 1962 by Anchit Gupta -

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