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Air Vice Marshal John Francis Lazaro

Service No 2944 Branch F(P)
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
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 27 Jun 1944Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 01 Jul 1953Acting Gp Capt : 26 Aug 1963
Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1965Acting Air Cmde : 26 Mar 1969Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1969Acting AVM : 01 Mar 1974
AVM : 01 Apr 1975
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

22 May 1945 - 01 Nov 1946Plt OffrNo.6 Squadron, RIAFKohat Fm 151OTU to ATCU
28 Apr 1959 - 05 Jul 1961Wg CdrNo.43 SquadronBarrackpore/ Srinaga Commanding Officer
- Gp CaptNo.2 Transport Training WingBangalore Station Commander
- 01 Dec 1971Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Western Air CommandSimla Air Officer Commanding
- Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrJohn Francis Lazaro2944 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 Lazaro2944 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 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