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Group Captain Donald Lazarus

Service No & Branch 10516 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 29 Oct 1966 Course: 96 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Oct 1991 Voluntary Retirement
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Aircraft Flown: Vampire, Hunter, Gnat, Marut, MiG-21, MiG-25
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 30 Aug 1985Gp Capt : 01 Aug 1989
Training and Other Courses Attended
10 FCL (Flt Lt) - 01 Nov 1977
Badges Qualified
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

29 Oct 1966 - 31 Dec 1968Plt OffrNo.221 SquadronPune Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1968 - 31 Oct 1968Fg OffrOperational Conversion UnitJamnagar Hunter Conversion
01 Nov 1968 - 31 Mar 1972Fg OffrNo.22 SquadronBareilly/ Kalaikunda Squadron Pilot
01 Apr 1972 - 08 Oct 1975Flt LtNo.220 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
08 Nov 1975 - 20 Jun 1978Flt LtNo.108 SquadronAdampur Squadron Pilot
29 Jun 1978 - 15 Dec 1981Sqn LdrNo.35 SquadronBareilly Flight Commander
20 Dec 1981 - 15 Jun 1982Sqn LdrRussiaKrasnodar MiG-25 Conversion
01 Jun 1982 - 01 Dec 1983Sqn LdrNo.102 SquadronBareilly Flight Commander
01 Dec 1983 - 01 Feb 1985Wg CdrNo.102 SquadronBareilly Commanding Officer
06 May 1985 - 23 Apr 1986Wg Cdr3 Battalion, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Battalion Commander
01 May 1986 - 31 Mar 1987Wg CdrAir Force Command and Staff College, IndonesiaIndonesia Staff Course
01 Apr 1987 - 15 Jun 1990Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
01 Jul 1990 - 31 Oct 1991Gp Capt12 Forward Base Support UnitNaliya Station Commander
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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 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972

Additional Notes

Remarks: Mark Lazarus Note added: 2015-12-13
Remarks: TBR The Unstoppable Note added: 2021-03-22

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