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Air Chief Marshal Denis Anthony Lafontaine

Service No 3844 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 17 Sep 1929
Date Commissioned 15 Apr 1950 Course 51 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Jul 1988 / Died on 06 Apr 2011
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 15 Apr 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1967Acting Gp Capt : 02 Jan 1970Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1971
Acting Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1975Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1976AVM : 01 Dec 1978Acting Air Marshal : 10 Nov 1981
C-in-C : 01 Jan 1984Air Chief Marshal : 03 Jul 1985
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Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
17 Dec 1959 - 15 Apr 1962Sqn LdrNo.47 SquadronHalwara/ KKD CO
- 12 Dec 1970Wg CdrAir Force Flying SchoolJodhpur CI (Flying)
15 Dec 1964 - 16 Jan 1967Wg CdrNo.14 SquadronKalaikunda CO
12 Dec 1970 - 07 Nov 1973Gp CaptAir Force AcademyDundigal CI (Flying)
24 Nov 1973 - 31 Dec 1974Gp Capt20 WingBagdogra Stn Cdr
20 Jul 1976 - 21 Dec 1977Air Cmde8 WingAdampur AOC
01 Dec 1978 - 01 Jan 1983AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi SASO
01 Jan 1983 - 31 Dec 1983Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi AOP
01 Jan 1984 - 31 Oct 1984Air MshlCentral Air CommandAllahabad AOC-in-C
01 Nov 1984 - 02 Jul 1985Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi AOC-in-C
03 Jul 1985 - 31 Jul 1988Air Chf MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi CAS
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 3
   
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptDenis Anthony Lafontaine3844 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Wing Commander (now Group Captain) Denis Anthony Lafontaine served at an operation Wing during a significant phase of transition from subsonic and transonic aircraft to supersonic aircraft. The strategic importance of the Wing required it to become fully operational with the new equipment in the shortest possible time. Despite many problems and numerous other commitments, he set to the task with dedication, skill and high professional ability. He has, to his credit, 2,700 hours of accident-free flying on a wide range of aircraft. He has flown over fifty sorties on the new supersonic aircraft and from this experience found solutions to urgent problems connected with the re-equipment task. In a short time, he reorganised the flying pattern and raised the combat status of the Wing.

Throughout, Wing Commander Denis Anthony Lafontaine displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

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Reference : Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeDenis Anthony Lafontaine3844 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1976Announced 26 Jan 1976
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalDenis Anthony Lafontaine3844 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1984Announced 26 Jan 1984
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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