Marshal of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Arjan Singh was country’s oldest serving soldier. At 45 years of age the real life hero led the attack against Pakistan in the 1965 war.
He was in command of the Indian Air Force in 1965 when three main air battles against Pakistan were fought between 1-8 September. The target areas were Chhamb, Sargodha and Kalaikunda areas, with Sargodha being the major Pakistani air base.
Arjan Singh commanded his brave pilots in the fierceful battle between the best of both Indian and Pakistani aircrafts. Singh and his men brought down 73 of rival planes to a loss of 35, dominating the skies.
Arjan Singh was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his astute leadership of the Air Force during the war.
Subsequently in recognition of the Air Force’s contribution during the war, the rank of the CAS was upgraded and Arjan Singh became the first Air Chief Marshal of the Indian Air Force.
Learn about some of his legendary heroics in this video.