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cpt. av. Horia Agarici
lt. av. Florin Alexiu
lt. av. Tudor Andrei
lt. av. Titus Axente
lt. av. Mircea "Gicu" Badulescu
lt. cdor. av. Corneliu Batacui
slt. av. Constantin Balta
adj. av. Mihai Belcin
lt. av. Emil Boian
lt. av. Romulus Bucsa
cpt. av. (r) Constantin "Bâzu" Cantacuzino
adj. av. Dumitru Chera
lt. av. Serghei Ciachir
lt. av. Ioan Cioroiu
slt. av. Vasile Claru
adj. av. Nicolae Cojocaru
cpt. av. Petre Coles
lt. av. Decebal "Desi" Constantinescu
cdor. av. George Davidescu
adj. av. Traian Dârjan
cpt. av. Dumitru Deica
cpt. av. (r) Ioan Dicezare
lt. av. Ion Dobran
lt. av. Gheorghe Dobrescu
lt. av. Constantin Dragomir
cpt. av. Boris Ferderber
adj. sef av. Spridon Focsaneanu
lt. av. Ioan Galea
lt. av. Vasile Gavriliu
slt. av. Rene Gānescu
slt. av. Costin Georgescu
lt. av. Emil Georgescu
lt. av. Gheorghe "Gāga" Georgescu
cpt. av. Marin Ghica
lt. av. Teodor Greceanu
lt. av. Eusebie Hladiuc
adj. maj. av. Dumitru Ilie
lt. av. Gabriel Ionescu
adj. maj. av. Petre Ionescu-Conta
adj. stg. av. Aurelian Livovschi
of. ec. cls. III Ioan Maga
lt. av. Tanase Mancu
cpt. av. Alexandru Manoliu
adj. av. Ioan Marinciu
cpt. av. Eugen "Matra" Marinescu
slt. av. Nicolae Sixtus Maxim
of. echip. cls. III av. Ion Milu
lt. av. Gheorghe Mociornita
lt. av. Lazar Munteanu
slt. av. Vasile Nasturas
lt. av. Traian "Ciocan" Nicolae
slt. av. Dumitru Pasare
adj. maj. av. (r) Vasile Pascu
lt. av. Alexandru Paun
lt. av. (r) Nicolae Polizu-Micsunesti
lt. av. Horia Pop
cpt. av. Gheorghe Popescu-Ciocanel
adj. av. Victor Popescu
lt. cdor. av. Alexandru "Popicu" Popisteanu
cpt. av. Eusebie Popovici
cpt. av. Traian Popteanu
cpt. av. Ion Profir
adj. sef av. Stefan "Grecu" Pucas
cpt. av. Craciun "Sbilt" Salajan
cpt. cdor. av. Ioan Sandu
cpt. av. Wilhelm Schmaltz
cpt. av. Dorin Sculi
adj. stg. av. (r) Niculae Sculy Logotheti
cpt. av. Alexandru Serbanescu
adj. sef av. Nicolae Stan
lt. av. Virgil "Ghinghi" Stanculescu
lt. av. Dragos Stinghe
lt. av. Dan Stoian
cpt. av. Gheorghe Stroici
cpt. av. Virgil Trandafirescu
slt. av. (r) Sorin Tulea
slt. av. Florin Vasilovschi
adj. av. (r) Tiberiu Vinca
cpt. av. Dan Vizanti
slt. av. Ion Vonica
lt. av. Tudor Andrei

Light Bomber/Dive Bomber Pilot

Born: 25 March 1915, Cocora, Ialomita county

Units:

  • 8 June - 3 August 1941: 73rd Bomber Squadron
  • 3 August - 10 August 1942: 6th Light Bomber Group
  • 10 August 1942 - 25 March 1943: 3rd Bomber Group
  • 26 March 1943 - 23 August 1944: 3rd Dive Bomber Group

Combat missions: 60 light bomber (P.23) + 150 dive bomber (Ju-87)

Victories: -

Decorations:

  • Mihai Viteazu Order 3rd class
  • Virtutea Aeronautica Order Knight class
  • Eiserne Kreuz 1st class

War episode:

On 7 August the Red Army renewed its offensive between Werch Adagaum and the Krimskaya-Moldovanskoe highway, with four infantry divisions supported by 100 tanks and a powerful VVS presence. The 3rd Dive Bomber Group was called to intervene in the support of the German 97th Light Infantry Division (to which the Romanian 23rd Infantry Regiment was subordinated). Three missions were flown that day the Stukas, all of them led by lt. av. Tudor Andrei. Early in the morning 19 Ju-87Ds hit the tobacco factory west of Krimskaya, in the sector of the Soviet 257th Rifle Division. Two airplanes were hit by AAA and had to make forced landings. Then 17 sorties were made during the second mission, from which all planes came back. The third and last mission of the day was directed against a Soviet tank formation. The Stukas were attacked by fighters, but the Bf-109 escort engaged them. However the AAA damaged another Ju-87, which had to crash land at Anapa. Lt. av. Andrei had led 56 aircraft into action that day, with very good results, as resulting from the letter received from the German 97th Light Infantry Division. These were also missions no. 98, 99 and 100 for him. Eventually the Soviet offensive was stopped, after it had managed to advance only 1 km.

Died: after 1990

Picture from "Aripi Romanesti" no. 52/1943

Lt. av. Tudor Andrei receving the Virtutea Aeronautica Order Knight class from gen. Gheorghe Jienescu on 31 August 1943

 

Author: Victor Nitu
Sources:
Roba J.-L., Craciunoiu C. Romanian Black Hussars, Editura Modelism, 1998
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