Press Reporter 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 Struggle, handed away at Command Hospital, Chandimandir, after a short sickness. He was 92.
Commissioned as a Pilot Officer within the Indian Air Drive 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 beginning 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 night time airstrikes into Pakistani territory, which inflicted big harm to the Pakistan Army and Air Drive property based mostly deep inside enemy territory as far-off as Sargodha, Mianwal and Peshawar.
Army historical past data these strikes as the purpose at which the arrogance of the Pakistani Forces was shattered as they realised that nowhere was secure from the rampaging Tuskers. The Tuskers acquitted themselves with glory in 1965 in opposition to Pakistan and later he grew to become 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 Drive Intelligence, Air Officer Commanding No.four Wing (Agra) and Assistant Chief of Air Workers at Air Headquarters.
On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal, he was posted as Senior Air Workers Officer, in command of operations at Japanese Air Command in Shillong. Thereafter, he served at Air Headquarters as Vice Chief of Air Workers (VCAS) and was awarded the Param Vishist Sewa Medal in March 1985 for distinguished companies, making him one in every of highest adorned officers of the Indian Air Drive.
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 Companies Sports activities Management Board and member of the Asian Video games Particular Organising Committee. As Chief Administrator of Nehru Stadium in Delhi, he was tasked with guaranteeing the readiness of the stadium in accordance with the Asian Video games Planning for the opening and the closing ceremonies, for which he was awarded the Asiad Vishist Jyoti.
He’s survived by his daughter and son.