<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>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 Pakistan1938- 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 Ambala1943- Became Commanding Officer Sqdn 11944- 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
ALSO READ Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh – an epitome of military leadership in classical senseAugust 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
ALSO READ Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh passes away at 981965 – 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 decades1971- 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 community2002- 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. PTI JC MPB

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Here’s a look at Arjan Singh’s illustrious life serving India