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Arjan Singh, Indian Air Force Marshal and war hero, dies at 98

Arjan Singh, Indian Air Force Marshal and war hero, dies at 98

The Padma Vibhushan award victor Indian Marshal Arjan Singh has been reportedly admitted in critical condition to the Research and Referral Army Hospital situated in New Delhi on Saturday.

His condolence message said, "RIP, Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, DSC, you will be remembered by all".

Born on 15 April 1919 in Lyallpur, Punjab (now in Pakistan), Arjan Singh entered the distinguished Royal Air Force College at Cranwell at the age of 19 and graduated as a pilot officer the following year.

Marshal Arjan Singh, who led the Indian Air Force during the 1965 India-Pakistan war, has died at 98. Singh has flown more than 60 aircraft; he remained a flyer till his career with the air force ended. "Hon'ble RM Smt Nirmala Sitharaman visited him in the hospital", the IAF said in a tweet.

In 2016, the IAF named its Panagarh (West Bengal) air base after Arjan Singh on the occasion of his 97th birth anniversary. An icon in the country's military history, Singh had led a fledgeling IAF in the 1965 Indo-Pak when he was just a 44- year-old. "I also met his family members", Modi tweeted.

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Arjan Singh's, testing time came in September 1965, when the subcontinent was plunged into war. He was summoned into the Defence Minister's office with a request for air support.

He retired in August 1969, thereupon accepting ambassador ship to Switzerland. His roles in especially two combat operations brought Singh to the forefront.

He was promoted as a Squadron Leader in 1944.

Flying close support during the crucial Imphal Campaign and later assisting the advance of the allied forces to Rangoon, Burma.

In Jan 2002 Arjan Singh was conferred 5 Star Rank Officer.