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8 IAF Cranwell Course

Start Date : 08 Sep 38 End Date : 23 Dec 39

8 IAF Cranwell - The eighth and final batch of IAF cadets at RAF Cranwell consisted of three trainees K M Bahl, Prithipal Singh and Arjan Singh. While Bahl did not complete the training, Prithipal and Arjan were commissioned in December 1939, two months into the Second World War. This batch was done on an accelerated basis, the result being the training lasted only one year, instead of the customary two years.They joined on 8 sep 1938 and completed the course on 22 Dec 1939 and were commissioned thereafter in the Indian Air Force.

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1577 GD(P)
Marshal of the Air Force
Arjan Singh

1578 GD(P)
Squadron Leader
Prithipal Singh
Died in Service on 06 Jan 45

Other Course Members

K M Bahl
withdrawn 31 Jul 1939 - Unlikely to make Pilot
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