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Service No: 8678 F(P)

Date of Birth : Jun 10, 1945

Service: Air Force

Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant

UNIT: 8 TAC Center

Operation : Op Cactus Lily

Award : VrC

Date of Martyrdom : Dec 14, 1971

Flight Lieutenant Lawrence Fredrick Pereira VrC

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The Citation of  Vir Chakra reads him to :

 

During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971- Flight Lieutenant Lawrence Fredric Pereira was employed on forward air controller duties with an army brigade in a forward area- He was required to direct close air support aircraft to enemy targets from forward locations- His directions were responsible for many successful attacks by our aircraft on enemy concentrations- On 14 December- while on duty in a forward locality- he was hit by enemy fire and died- Throughout- Flight Lieutenant Pereira displayed gallantry- determination and devotion to duty of a high order-

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