Spitfire Singh, A True Life Of Relentless Adventure

A book about a pilot by a pilot. The story of Harjinder Singh is extraordinary and its telling long overdue. This is a story of a life of achievement, rising from the lowly rank of Hawai Sepoy to Marshal of the Indian Air Force. – Strongly Recommended.


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NAME: Spitfire Singh, A True Life Of Relentless Adventure
FILE: R2632
AUTHOR: Mike Edwards
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury, Osprey
BINDING: soft back
PAGES:  402
PRICE: £12.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Indian Air Force, IAF, Spitfire, gen1 jets, Vampire, 
Indo-Pakistan wars, jet fighters, obsolescent aircraft, maintenance, 
ground crew, Sepoy, Hawai Sepoy

ISBN: 978-93-86141-61-3

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DESCRIPTION: A book about a pilot by a pilot. The story of Harjinder 
Singh is extraordinary and its telling long overdue. This is a story 
of a life of achievement, rising from the lowly rank of Hawai Sepoy 
to Marshal of the Indian Air Force.  – Strongly Recommended.

The fledgling Indian Air Force got off to an inauspicious start in 
1934, not through any fault of the 200 Indians who staffed it, but 
because of the ignorant attitude of the British Head of the Air 
Force who wrote to them a most offensive letter suggesting that 
they were simply not up to working with aircraft in any capacity. 
At the time it was an attitude common in many countries to those of 
another. The Japanese officer class widely regarded everyone who was 
not Japanese as sub-human. In the US the officer corps thought of 
the coloured population as suitable only for the most menial 
military tasks under close supervision. The Germans thought they 
were the master race and, by implication, that all others were sub-
human, fit only for slavery or extermination. The British were in 
no way exempt either and prejudice was widespread. Whether we have 
actually moved on from there is highly debatable. Those who 
proclaim equality are frequently guilty of just another form of 
prejudice that is equally unproductive and corrosive.

From that questionable start, the Indian Air Force was to develop 
and serve India and its Allies admirably. Spitfire Singh may have 
had an epic career, but a great many Indians became engineers and 
pilots, earning deserved promotions and helping to make the Indian 
Air Force a professional military organization, the source of great 
pride. It was a rocky road at times and independence saw a built-in 
headwind as Pakistan was formed for the Muslims and represented a 
potential threat that has caused a number of wars and border 
skirmishes over the years where the Indian Air Force has been called 
to the defence of its country.

The author has produced a detailed and thoroughly researched book 
that does honour to an extraordinary IAF pilot and senior officer. 
There is a very interesting photo-plate section that provides a 
unique view of AM Singh. The text reads well and discloses the 
author's own love of flying and his interest in the IAF and the 
late Air Marshal.

This book is a great read and should not be missed.