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Group Captain Donald Lazarus

Service No 10516 Branch F(P)
Name : Donald Lazarus Rank Group Captain
Date of Birth: 01 Aug 46
Date Commissioned 29 Oct 66 (96 Course) Service End Retired on 31 Oct 91
Remarks : Now in Malaysia
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- 31 Oct 91Gp Capt49 WingNaliya Stn Cdr  
01 Feb 85 - Gp CaptNo.102 SquadronBareilly CO  
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Awards and Decorations
Number of Awards: 1


Vir Chakra
Fg Offr Donald Lazarus 10516 F(P) Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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