Arjan Singh, Marshal of Indian Air Force, Dies At 98


Arjan Singh, Indian Air Force Marshal and the only officer of the force to be promoted to five-star rank, died Saturday at the Army Research and Referral hospital in New Delhi. He was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition after he suffered a cardiac arrest. He was being treated at the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Sciences Centre of the hospital. Singh, who led the IAF during the India-Pakistan war in 1965, is considered an icon and a war hero.

Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC was entrusted with the responsibility of leading the Indian Air Force when he was only 44 years old. He was the Chief of IAF when it saw action in the year 1965.

Arjan Singh was born on 15 April 1919, in Lyalpur of undivided Punjab. He completed his education from Montgomery. In 1938 when he got selected for the Empire Pilot training course at RAF Cranwell, he was still in college and was only 19 years old.