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MAN MOHAN SINGH (1906-1942), the first Sikh aviator and the first Indian to fly solo from England to India, was born at Rawalpindi, now in Pakistan, in September 1906, the son of Dr Makkhan Singh, a recipient of the Kaisari Hind medal from the government for his distinguished public service as a medical practitioner. Man Mohan Singh was educated at Denny`s High School and at Gordon College, both in Rawalpindi. In 1923, he went to England to train as a civil engineer, receiving his B.Sc degree four years later at the University of Bristol. In England he also completed a two year course in flying and aeronautical engineering for which he had been given a scholarship by the Government of India.

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