Marshal Arjan Singh

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Some Lesser Known Facts About Arjan Singh:-

  • Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC, Padma Vibhushan awardee
  • He was born on  15 Apr 1919 as Arjan Singh Aulakh
  • He is the only officer of the Indian Air Force to be promoted to five-star rank, equal to a Field Marshal, to which he was promoted in 2002.
  •  He was born in the Punjab town of Lyallpur, British India (now Faisalabad, Pakistan).
  • With the death of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw in June 2008, he is the only living Indian military officer with a five-star rank.
  • His father was a Lance Daffadar in the Hodson’s Horse at the time of his birth, and retired as a full Risaldar of the Cavalry, serving for a time as ADC to a Division Commander.
  • Arjan Singh was educated at Montgomery, British India (now in Pakistan).
  • He entered the RAF College Cranwell in 1938 and was commissioned as a pilot officer in December 1939.
  • Singh led No. 1 Squadron, Indian Air Force into combat during the Arakan Campaign in 1944.
  • He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in 1944, and commanded the Indian Air Force Exhibition Flight in 1945.
  • He was awarded Padma Vibhusan in 1965