In­dian war hero, Ar­jan Singh, no more

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NEW DELHI: War hero Mar­shal Ar­jan Singh, who led the In­dian Air Force dur­ing the 1965 In­dia-Pak­istan con­flict, died yes­ter­day at 7.30pm.

Ninety-eight-year-old Singh, the only of­fi­cer of the IAF to be pro­moted to fives­tar rank, equal to a Field Mar­shal in the Army, was ad­mit­ted to the Army's Re­search and Re­fer­ral hospi­tal this morn­ing af­ter he suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest, the de­fence min­istry said.

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 44-year-old. As Pak­istan launched its Op­er­a­tion Grand Slam with an ar­moured thrust tar­geted at the vi­tal town of Akhnoor in Jammu and Kash­mir, he led the IAF through the war with courage, de­ter­mi­na­tion and pro­fes­sional skill.

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

Ar­jan Singh

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