He led the IAF dur­ing the In­dia-Pak war at age 44 Ar­jan Singh, ’65 war hero, dead

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New Delhi, Sept. 16: War hero Mar­shal Ar­jan Singh, who led the In­dian Air Force dur­ing the 1965 In­di­aPak­istan con­flict, died on Satur­day night. IAF sources said he passed away around 7.30 p.m.

Ninety-eight-year-old Singh, the only of­fi­cer of the IAF to be pro­moted to five-star rank, equal to a Field Mar­shal in the Army, was ad­mit­ted to the Army’s Re­search and Re­fer­ral hos­pi­tal on Satur­day morn­ing after he suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest, the de­fence min­istry said. Ear­lier in the day, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, de­fence min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man and the three Ser­vice chiefs — Gen. Bipin Rawat, Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba and Air Chief Mar­shal Biren­der Singh Dhanoa — vis­ited Singh at the hos­pi­tal. An icon in the coun­try’s mil­i­tary his­tory, Singh had led a fledg­ling IAF in the 1965 Indo-Pak war when he was just a 44year-old. As Pak­istan launched its Op­er­a­tion Grand Slam with an ar­moured thrust tar­geted at the vi­tal town of Akhnoor in J&K, he led the IAF through the war with courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The fighter pi­lot, who in­spired the IAF de­spite con­straints on the full-scale use of air com­bat power, was awarded the Padma Vib­hushan in 1965.

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