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Air Commodore Lawrence Aloysious Menezes

Service No & Branch 5280 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 30 Nov 1956 Course: 70 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 1989 Superannuated Nick Name : Laurie
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 30 Nov 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1978Acting Gp Capt : 27 Oct 1980Gp Capt : 22 Apr 1981
Air Cmde : 19 Aug 1985
Training and Other Courses Attended
10 PAI (Fg Offr) - 01 Aug 196227 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1987
Badges Qualified
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Gp Capt
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

01 Sep 1962 - Flt LtNo.10 SquadronPalam Squadron Pilot
01 Jun 1974 - 01 Jan 1975Sqn LdrLima Sqn, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Squadron Commander
01 Jan 1975 - 08 Jun 1976Sqn LdrAir Force Training Team, NDAKhadakvasla Officer in Charge
22 Apr 1977 - 18 Dec 1979Wg CdrNo.2 SquadronSrinagar/ Kalaikunda Commanding Officer
10 May 1982 - 07 Oct 1984Gp Capt34 WingBhaisana (Bhatinda) Station Commander
30 Dec 1987 - 30 Sep 1989Air Cmde15 WingBareilly Air Officer Commanding
13 Jun 1989 - No.2 Squadron Commodore Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrLawrence Aloysious Menezes5280 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Squadron Leader Lawrence Menezes was a Flight Commander in a supersonic fighter Squadron from April 1967 to June 1970. He carried out a total of over 2,100 hours of flying on jets, of which over 500 hours were on supersonic fighter aircraft. He is one of the experienced supersonic fighter pilots who has played an outstanding part in training younger pilots to a high degree of professional efficiency. He has achieved a Master Green Instrument rating. As the Pilot Attack Instructor of his Squadron, he has been instrumental in the achievement of high standards of gunnery by the pilots.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Lawrence Menezes displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Unit : 4 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeLawrence Aloysious Menezes5280 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1990Announced 26 Jan 1990
Details :

Air Commodore Lawrence Aloysious Menezes was commissioned on the 30th November, 1956. He is a very experienced fighter pilot with 3245 hours of flying on fighter aircraft and 1500 glider launches to his credit. He has had a glorious accident free record. He has held prestigious staff appointments at Air Headquarters and a Command Headquarters.

Air Cmde Lawrence Aloysious Menezes had actively participated in both IndoテつュPak Wars in 1965 and in 1971. Apart from Vayu Sena Medal awarded to him in 1971 for his outstanding performance as a Flight Commander of MiGテつュ21 Squadron, he was commended twice, first by the Air Officer CommandingテつュinテつュChief HQ WAC and second time by the Chief of the Air Staff.

As a Gp Capt, Air Cmde Lawrence Aloysious Menezes did an exceptional job in bringing up one of the Air Force Stations to a full fledged fighter Wing from a Forward Base Support Unit. On promotion to the rank of Air Cmde, he was given a prestigious appointment of Air I of an operational command. On completion of the staff tenure, he was selected for National Defence College Course. He was given the command of an operational base for the second time in 1987. Displaying very high order of leadership, organisational ability, manテつュmanagement and total involvement, he brought up the Station to high state of operational preparedness. This was amply displayed in performance of the Early Warning Force and the Strategic Reconnaissance Force placed under his command. Under his leadership, his Wing was awarded the 'Best Maintenance Trophy' in 1987-88. In 1988-89, the Wing was awarded the 'Best Admin Trophy' and to crown it all, the 'Overall Best Station Trophy' in Central Air Command.

Air Commodore Lawrence Aloysious Menezes, VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19900126
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