New Delhi, September 16: Indian Air Force Marshall Arjan Singh breathed his last on Saturday at the age of 98. He was admitted to the Army Hospital (R&R) in the national capital on Saturday morning after complaints of ‘uneasiness’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Marshall soon after he was admitted to the hospital.
The first and only IAF officer to be conferred the honour of Five Star’ rank officer with the Indian Air Force, Singh has been a part of major Indian combat missions. His roles in especially two combat operations brought Singh to the forefront.
From the heroic leading of a squadron to combat Japan in the Second World War to the War with Pakistan in 1965, Marshall Singh has shown his extraordinary courage and leader traits.
He was promoted as a Squadron Leader in 1944. It was then that he led the squadron against the Japanese during the Arakan Campaign. Reportedly, he flew close support during the crucial Imphal Campaign and later assisted the advance of the allied forces to Rangoon, Burma, presently Myanmar.
Arjan Singh’s in September 1965 led a counter-operation against Pakistan’s Operation Grand Slam in Akhnur. He was summoned into the Defence Minister’s office with a request for air support.