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Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh breathed his last today. Here is a timeline of his life. April 15, 1919 - Born in Lyallpur, present day Faislabad in Pakistan 1938- At 19 years was selected for a pilot training course at Royal Air Force College, Cranwell 1939- Training cut short by World War II.
Joined Sqdn 1 in Ambala 1943- Became Commanding Officer Sqdn 1 1944- Led his squadron to Imphal against the Japanese during the Arakan Campaign. 1944- Received the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for leading the squadron during Imphal Campaign by Lord Mountbatten August 15, 1947- Led the fly-past of over a hundred IAF aircraft over the red fort. August 1, 1964- Arjan Singh took over as the Chief of Air Staff in the rank of Air Marshal 1965 - Arjan Singh was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his leadership of IAF during the '65 war with Pakistan August 1969- Retired from the Indian Air Force after serving for three decades 1971- Appointed India's Ambassador to Switzerland. 1974- Appointed Indian High Commissioner to Kenya. 1980s- At the height of militancy in Punjab he was part of a 5-member committee that would go door to door in the state and try to bridge the differences between Hindus & Sikhs. 1989- Janata government appoints Arjan Singh as the L-G of Delhi as an attempt to apply balm to the wounds of the Sikh community 2002- Conferred with the rank of the Marshal of the Air Force making him the first and the only 'Five Star' rank officer with the Indian Air Force. April, 2011- Wife Teji Singh passes away at the age of 80.
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