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Group Captain Donald Lazarus

Service No 10516 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 01 Aug 1946
Date Commissioned 29 Oct 1966 Course 96 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Oct 1991
Remarks : Now in Malaysia
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
- 31 Oct 1991Gp Capt49 WingNaliya Stn Cdr
01 Feb 1985 - Gp CaptNo.102 SquadronBareilly CO
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vir Chakra
Fg OffrDonald Lazarus10516 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operation against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flying Officer Donald Lazarus was serving with a Fighter Bomber Squadron. On 22nd November 1971, Flying Officer Lazarus was detailed to fly as No. 4 in a formation of four Gnat aircraft. The formation was ordered to intercept four hostile aircraft which had intruded into our territory. The formation leader maneuvered the formation to an advantageous position and engaged the introducing Sabre Jets. In the ensuing air Battle, Flying Officer Lazarus maintained his stations as number four ensuring the safety of his element leader. At one stage, when Flying Officer Lazarus noticed that one of the Sabre Jet was becoming a threat to his element leader, he maneuvered his own air craft with great skill and got behind the Sabre Jet and pressed home his attack till the Sabre Jet disintegrated in the mid air.

In this action, Flying Officer Donald Lazarus displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 22 Squadron
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972