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Air Commodore Manbir Singh

Service No & Branch 6771 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 10 Nov 1962 Course: 82 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 1994 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Gp Capt : 19 Jul 1985Air Cmde : 01 Jun 1989
Training and Other Courses Attended
5 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 31 Aug 1975
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

01 Aug 1961 - 26 May 1962Flt CdtAir Force Flying CollegeJodhpur Cadet
01 Aug 1962 - 10 Nov 1962Flt CdtJet Training WingHakimpet Cadet
10 Aug 1962 - 16 Feb 1963Plt OffrJet Training WingHakimpet Trainee Pilot
24 Feb 1963 - 03 Aug 1965Fg OffrNo.20 SquadronPalam Squadron Pilot
04 Aug 1965 - 16 Sep 1965Flt LtNo.20 SquadronHindon Squadron Pilot
17 Sep 1965 - 31 Jul 1966Flt Lt28 WingHindan (Ghaziabad) SFSO
01 Aug 1966 - 19 Apr 1968Flt LtNo.45 SquadronChandigarh Squadron Pilot
20 Apr 1968 - 19 Mar 1972Flt LtNo.28 SquadronTezpur Squadron Pilot
20 Mar 1972 - 24 Mar 1974Sqn LdrNo.8 SquadronAmbala Flight Commander
25 Mar 1974 - 07 Dec 1975Sqn LdrAT&FFKanpur O i/c
07 Dec 1975 - 20 Mar 1977Sqn LdrNo.27 SquadronBhuj Flight Commander
21 Mar 1977 - 15 Oct 1978Sqn LdrNo.4 SquadronBareilly/ Hasimara Flight Commander
16 Oct 1978 - 03 Dec 1978Sqn Ldr28 WingHindan (Ghaziabad) Chief Operations Officer
04 Dec 1978 - 23 Mar 1981Wg CdrNo.27 Squadron Commanding Officer
25 Mar 1981 - 10 Sep 1981Wg CdrTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar O i/c Training
11 Sep 1981 - 13 Oct 1983Wg CdrIraq AFIraq Flying Instructor
14 Oct 1983 - 16 Aug 1984Wg CdrWestern Air CommandNew Delhi Ops-3
17 Aug 1984 - 13 Oct 1985Gp Capt2 Tactical Air CenterJodhpur Commanding Officer
10 Aug 1985 - 30 Sep 1987Gp Capt5 Forward Base Support UnitUttarlai Station Commander
15 Oct 1987 - 22 Jan 1989Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi JD Ops
23 Jan 1989 - 03 Jan 1990Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Offensive Operations
04 Jan 1990 - 15 Jun 1990Air CmdeMODNew Delhi ISST
01 Sep 1990 - 31 May 1991Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Central Air CommandLucknow Air Officer Commanding
01 Jun 1991 - 30 Nov 1992Air CmdeAdvance HQ, South Western Air CommandPune Air Officer Commanding
01 Dec 1992 - 31 Jan 1994Air CmdeNCC HQ ( (Karnataka & Goa)Bangalore Deputy Director General
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vir Chakra
Flt LtManbir Singh6771 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Manbir Singh served with an Operational Squadron in the Eastern Sector. He flew 20 sorties in counter air and offensive support missions over Bangla Desh. During an escort mission he engaged enemy aircraft successfully, forcing them to break off their attacks on the main formation, which was occupied in striking the enemy’s airfield. He executed bombing missions against heavily gun-defended airfields by day and night. He also took part in rocket and bomb strikes against variety of targets, like troops, bunkers, gun positions, tanks dumps and Radio transmitters. These targets were protected by guns of varying calibre, and on more than one occasion his aircraft was hit by ground fire.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Manbir Singh displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 28 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrManbir Singh6771 F(P)Award Date 06 Mar 1974Announced 26 Jan 1976
Details : Squadron Leader Manbir Singh [VrC], who was posted to a Base Repair Depot on 25th March, 1974, for Test flying duties has completed over one thousand hours of accident free flying on supersonic aircraft. On 6th March, 1975, while on final approach for landing in a supersonic aircraft after flight test sortie, his aircraft was struck by a bird on the front wind shield. He was momentarily blinded by the flying splinters hitting his face and visor. He quickly brought the aircraft under control and made a safe landing under very hazardous and difficult visibility conditions and saved the aircraft from further damage. In this action. Squadron Leader Manbir Singh display courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976

Articles from Main Site

Spitfires in the Sun by Air Commodore Vikram Singh -
My Experiences in the 47-48 War with 8 Squadron by Gp Capt Micky Blake VrC (Retd) -
Wish I had a gun! by Air Cmde Manbir Singh VrC VM -

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