Service No: 4893 F(P)
Date of Birth : Jul 15, 1930
Place of Birth : Ambala, Haryana
Service: Air Force
Last Rank: Squadron Leader
UNIT: 26 Sqn AF
Operation : Op Cactus Lily
Date of Martyrdom : Dec 07, 1971
Squadron Leader Jiwa Singh was born on 15th July 1930 in Ambala district of Haryana. Son of Shri Tega Singh, Sqn Ldr Jiwa Singh was commissioned into the Indian Air Force on 16 April 1955.
Sqn Ldr Jiwa Singh after his initial training was posted to various Air Force bases and gained experience in flying different types of aircraft. By 1971, Sqn Ldr Jiwa Singh had already completed 16 years of service in the Air Force and evolved into a competent and ace pilot having expertise in various types of air operations. During 1971, he was serving with 26 Sqn operating fighter bomber SU-7 aircraft.
Indo- Pak War – Air Operations : 07 Dec 1971
When the war with Pakistan broke out on 03 Dec 1971, IAF launched numerous counter air operations against enemy targets commencing 04 Dec 1971. Besides undertaking deep penetrations strikes inside enemy territory , IAF also launched various air support operations in support of our ground forces. The air support operations invariably were attacks against enemy tanks, artillery positions and other ground based weapons and systems in support of our ground forces. On 07 Dec 1971, Sqn Ldr Jiwa Singh was tasked for such an air support operation on western border.
Sqn Ldr Jiwa Singh was leader of the formation tasked to search and strike enemy tanks and troops which were engaging our ground forces. Sqn Ldr Jiwa Singh soon successfully located the hidden tank positions and pressed home his attack. However enemy Air Force activated their air assets and soon Sqn Ldr Jiwa Singh’s section was encircled by four enemy aircraft. Sqn Ldr Jiwa Singh engaged an enemy F-104 aircraft in an aerial combat so that his number two could get away to safety. But Sqn Ldr Jiwa Singh flying his Su-7 (B-902) was shot at low level during one of the combat manoevres . As a result the aircraft crashed and Sqn Ldr Jiwa Singh was martyred.
Sqn Ldr Jiwa Singh was awarded “Vir Chakra” for his outstanding courage, professional skill and supreme sacrifice.
Citation for the Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:-
At the outbreak of hostilities with Pakistan in 7th December, 1971, Squadron Leader Jiwa Singh was on the strength of a Fighter Squadron. During the operations; Squadron Leader Jiwa Singh on 7th December 1971, led a formation to search and strike enemy tanks and troops which were engaging our ground forces. He successfully located the hidden tank positions and pressed home his attack even though his section was encircled by four enemy aircraft. He engaged an enemy F-104 in an aerial Combat so that his number two could get away to safety. In the combat, his aircraft was shot at low level as a result of which he was killed.
In this operation, Squadron Leader Jiwa Singh displayed gallantry and devotion to duty of a high order.
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