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IAF Marshal Arjan Singh, India's Oldest 5-Star Ranked Officer 'Critically Ill'

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| September 16 , 2017 , 17:42 IST

The Padma Vibhushan award winner Indian Marshal Arjan Singh has been reportedly admitted in critical condition to the Research and Referral Army Hospital situated in New Delhi on Saturday.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also visited the former Marshal at the Army Hospital situated in Delhi.

Marshan Arjan Singh was the only Indian Air Force officer who was promoted to five-star rank, which is equal to a Field Marshal. He has also been awarded with Padma Vibhushan, the country's second highest civilian award, for his leadership during the war.

The Marshal, who remained a flyer till the end of his career had flown over 60 aircrafts for the Air Force.

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Retired in August 1969, the Marshal was honoured by the Air Force, which named a crucial air base at Panagarh after his name. The region is also the headquarters of newly raised Mountain Strike Corps.

Born in Pakistan's Lyalpur before the seperation of the two countries, Singh joined the Royal Indian Air Force when he was just 19-year-old. He also led the squadron against the Japanese in the Arakan and flew Air Support Missions in Imphal.

He was then moved to fight in the free Rangoon campaign for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). Singh also led the fly-past of over 100 aircraft on the Independence of India in August 1947.

Later, the Marshal was appointed to lead the Western Air Command and was then promoted to take charge as the Chief of Indian Air Force back in 1964.