5th Commanding General, PAF

17 July 1962- 11 June 1964


BRIG GEN JONAS A VICTORIA AFP was born in Taguig Rizal on 29 April 1913.

He studied at the Rizal High School where he graduated in 1933. The following year, he was appointed cadet in the Philippine Constabulary Academy (now Philippine Military Academy). In September 1937, he joined the Philippine Army Air Corps Flying School as a student officer and graduated on 15 October 1938 and first served as flight instructor and Squadron Commander of the Flying School. In April 1940, he was designated Executive Officer of the Philippine Army Air Corps until the start of World War II.

During the war, he served as Battalion Adjutant, Executive Officer and Chief of Personnel of the “Flying Infantry” in Bataan and Corregidor. After his escape from Corregidor, he was designated S-1 of the 1st battalion, 61st Field Artillery Regiment in Mindanao. Later, he was incarcerated in Malaybalay, Bukidnon and in Capas, Tarlac before reporting to military control on 07 March 1945.

After the war, he was sent to different Air Force service schools in the U.S. to undergo refresher pilot training courses. He returned to the country in 1946 to command the 1st Air Service Group. In August 1947, he was again sent as a government “pensionado” to take the regular course at the Air Tactical School in Tyndall Field, Florida. After the training, he went on to an observation tour at USAF Headquarters in Washington D.C. and at Air Training Command in Continental United States.

A well-rounded officer, General Victoria also served as Commander of Fernando Air Base and as Group Commander of 410th Air Material Group in 1950 and 1951, respectively. In July 1952, he assumed Base Commander of Nichols Air Base (now CJVAB) before he became Wing Commander of 205th Composite Wing. He became Chief of Air Staff in 1956, Vice Commander, PAF on 13 May 1957 and as Commanding General, Philippine Air Force on 18 Jul 1962.

General Victoria’s sterling record in the military service is reflected in the various awards and decorations he has received such as Distinguished Service Star with 1st BAL, Asiatic-Pacific War Theater Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, American Defense Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Korean Campaign Medal, UN Service Medal, Military Merit Medal with 1st BAL, and Bronze Cross Medal, among others.

He is married to the former Ignacia De Leon with whom he has three children namely, Paulino, Helen and Elizabeth.