|Date of Birth:||23 Jun 1924|
|Date Commissioned||27 Jun 1943||Course||17 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 23 Sep 1978 / Died on 01 Mar 2012|
|Remarks :||Obit Dob 10-10-1923|
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|22 May 1945 - 01 Nov 1946||Plt Offr||No.6 Squadron, RIAF||Kohat||Fm 151OTU to ATCU|
|28 Apr 1959 - 05 Jul 1961||Wg Cdr||No.43 Squadron||Barrackpore/ Srinaga||Commanding Officer|
|-||Gp Capt||No.2 Transport Training Wing||Bangalore||Station Commander|
|- 01 Dec 1971||Air Cmde||Advance HQ, Western Air Command||Simla||Air Officer Commanding|
|-||Air Cmde||Training Command||Bangalore||Senior Air Staff Officer|
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|Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)|
|Wg Cdr||John Francis Lazaro||2944 GD(P)||Award Date||Announced 26 Jan 1963|
|Details :|| |
In March 1960, when airlift requirements to our northern frontiers increased considerably, a transport squadron under Wing Commander Lazaro was detailed to meet the commitment. It became necessary for Dakotas to fly beyond Leh to Chushul at greater frequency and also to newly selected dropping zones in treacherous mountain terrain. In order to ensure safety of aircrew and aircraft, new routers and t4echniques had to be devised. Wing Commander Lazaro undertook several trial flights in this area and worked out new and safe routes for his squadron to follow. Her organized and operated his squadron in a very efficient manner. Many a month, his unit flew more than 1200 operation hours.
In , 1961, as Officer in Charge Flying, Srinagar, he planned and coordinated the airlift for the entire Jammu and Kashmir area and succeeded in achieving all the tasks efficiently with limited staff.
Wing Commander Lazaro displayed leadership, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
|Unit : 43 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963|
|Param Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Cmde||John Francis Lazaro||2944 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1972||Announced 26 Jan 1972|
|Details :||AIR COMMODORE JOHN FRANCIS LAZARO, VM (2944) F (P) :[AOC Adv HQ, WAC] In December 1971, at the time of-the Indo-Pak conflict, Air Commodore Lazaro was primarily responsible for joint planning and execution of army-air operations in the Western Sector. Under his able leadership, air operations in aid of the army achieved a new dimension. Close air support was given most effectively and the enemy's lines of communications were perpetually disrupted, isolating his forward troops. Enemy ammunition and fuel dumps were also blown up successfully, and many of his Headquarters locations destroyed. All this was done with speed and determination, despite intense enemy opposition. The officer displayed superior leadership and carried out planning of the most exceptional order.|
|Unit : WAC|
|Reference : GoI19720126|