Maha Vir Chakra awardee Air Marshal PP Singh passes away at 92

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14

Air Marshal PP Singh, who was adorned with the second-highest gallantry award Maha Vir Chakra in the course of the 1965 Indo-Pak War, handed away at Command Hospital, Chandimandir, after a short sickness. He was 92.

Commissioned as a Pilot Officer within the Indian Air Force on April 15, 1950, the veteran officer had an illustrious provider spanning almost 38 years. He had the privilege of serving as ADC to the primary president of India, Dr Rajender Prasad.

Subsequently, he shifted to Canberra plane and launched into a profession as a bomber pilot. The begin of hostilities with Pakistan in 1965 noticed the then Wing Commander because the Commanding Officer of No.5 Squadron (The Tuskers) based mostly out of Agra.

He led the Tuskers on quite a few profitable evening airstrikes into Pakistani territory, which inflicted enormous injury to the Pakistan Military and Air Force belongings based mostly deep inside enemy territory as distant as Sargodha, Mianwal and Peshawar.

Military historical past data these strikes as the purpose at which the boldness of the Pakistani Forces was shattered as they realised that nowhere was protected from the rampaging Tuskers. The Tuskers acquitted themselves with glory in 1965 in opposition to Pakistan and later he turned the squadron’s ‘Commodore Commandant’.

For his exemplary management and valour displayed past the decision of responsibility, Wing Commander PP Singh was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra on September 6, 1965.

In 1971, he coordinated air warfare operations as Group Captain at Central Air Command, the place he was awarded the Ati Vishist Sewa Medal for distinguished companies.

In 1973, then Air Commodore PP Singh was posted as Air Advisor with the Indian Embassy in Paris, France. On his return to India in 1976, he assumed varied senior and delicate positions, together with Director of Air Force Intelligence, Air Officer Commanding No.4 Wing (Agra) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff at Air Headquarters.

On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal, he was posted as Senior Air Staff Officer, in control of operations at Eastern Air Command in Shillong. Thereafter, he served at Air Headquarters as Vice Chief of Air Staff (VCAS) and was awarded the Param Vishist Sewa Medal in March 1985 for distinguished companies, making him certainly one of highest adorned officers of the Indian Air Force.

Air Marshal PP Singh was appointed because the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the South Western Air Command in 1986 and held that place until his retirement in February 1987.

A eager and passionate sportsman, Air Marshal PP Singh was the Chairman of the Services Sports Control Board and member of the Asian Games Special Organising Committee. As Chief Administrator of Nehru Stadium in Delhi, he was tasked with making certain the readiness of the stadium in accordance with the Asian Games Planning for the opening and the closing ceremonies, for which he was awarded the Asiad Vishist Jyoti.

He is survived by his daughter and son.

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