Former Air Chief Lafontaine passes away
Posted on: 06:53 PM IST Apr 06, 2011
Hyderabad: Retired Air Chief Marshal Denis Anthony Lafontaine, who played a key role in Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971, died of heart attack on Wednesday at his residence in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh.
He was 82 and is survived by his wife and three daughters.
Lafontaine served as Air Chief Marshal between 1985 and 1988.
He was born in Chennai on September 17, 1929. His grandfathers as well as his father also served in the Indian Army. Lafontaine joined Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in 1950 and rose in ranks to become its 13th Chief in July 1985.
He was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal (VSM), Ati-Vishisht Seval Medal and Param-Vishisht Seva Medal in his illustrious career.
Lafontaine had been staying at his residence near Brahmanapalli village in Medak district since his retirement.
Medak district Collector S Suresh Kumar laid a wreath on Lafontaine's body on behalf of Andhra Pradesh government and paid homage.
Lafontaine was cremated in the village on Wednesday evening.