The Flying Sikhs
by Sarabjit Singh
28.000 x 36.000 x 2.000 inches
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The Flying Sikhs
Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
The Flying Sikhs is part of my series 'Sikhs 225 years of Milestones and Global footprints' and debuted at Sikhlents Film and Art Festival in 2015. It was selected for the 2015 Juried Open Art Exhibition out of 734 worldwide entries; it won Special merit award in Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery!
This painting of the 3 flying Sikhs from left to right- Hardit Singh Malik, Mahinder Singh Pujji and Meher Singh is a humble tribute to the countless other Sikh pilots from the great wars, now deceased, that have been forgotten now. The plane is a Camel Sopwith that Hardit Sikh flew.
Flying Sikhs is a testimony to the brave and selfless contributions these unsung heroes made to the war efforts across the world. The history of the Sikhs who flew in the Royal Flying Corps, the Royal Air Force and the Indian Air Force has been forgotten, yet their bravery was recognized by both the military and the public during the dark days of the Blitz and the brutal Japanese invasion from the East.
Hardit Singh Malik was the first ever Indian pilot to try to enlist as a pilot in WWI, the only Indian pilot to miraculously survive the war and later become PM of Patiala and High Commissioner to both Canada and France.
Sikh pilots Mahinder Singh Pujji DFC, had a brilliant record for bravery. He saved a 300 strong battalion of lost American soldiers that were given up for dead in the dense Burmese forests. Mehar Singh was one of the most celebrated fighter pilots of the Second World War. A pilot par excellence and a dare-devil.
Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh DFC, Manmohan Singh, Prithpal Singh and Air Marshal Shivdev Singh led pilots in the Burmese front in the Second World War and later led the Indo-Pak and Indo-China air assaults. These handful of men represent countless other Sikh pilots from the great wars.
August 12th, 2015
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