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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. Mircea "Gicu" Badulescu

Light Bomber/Dive Bomber Pilot

Born: 1 November 1917, Buzau

Units:

  • 8 January - 10 August 1942: 81st Light Bomber Squadron
  • 10 August 1942 - 25 March 1943: 3rd Bomber Group
  • 26 March 1943 - 23 August 1944: 3rd Dive Bomber Group
  • 29 August - 11 October 1944: 6/3rd Dive Bomber Group
  • 11 October 1944 - 12 May 1945: 8th Assault/Dive Bomber Group

Combat missions: 18 light bomber (IAR-37) + 262 dive bomber (Ju-87)

Victories: 1

Decorations:

  • Mihai Viteazul Order 3rd class with swords
  • Virtutea Aeronautica Order Commander class
  • Eiserne Kreuz 1st class

War episode:

On 13 January 1945, lt. av. Badulescu, the CO of the 74th Dive Bomber Squadron, led a formation of 7 Ju-87D5s against the Elisabeth Bridge in Budapest, which was very important for the Axis forces inside the city and was very heavily defended. The VVS already tried several times to destroy it and another bridge close to it, but failed. They took off at 15:00, in front of gen. av. Emanoil Ionescu (the CO of the Romanian Air Corps). As they closed on the city, they could see big columns of smoke all over the city. They gained altitude until they reached 4000 m. The AAA "welcomed" the Romanian Ju-87 and the Soviet Yaks which were escorting them. They came over the Danube, lined up and started the dive. They released the bombs and pulled up in the last moment. Flying just over the roofs of the buildings in Budapest, to avoid the powerful AAA the Ju-87 formation made its escape. Four bombs had hit the bridge. One airplane was hit in the engine and had to make an emergency landing on another airfield. The others returned without problems.

Died: 19 June 1967, car accident

Author: Victor Nitu
Sources:
Pentelescu A. Destinul unui zburator, Editura MODELISM, 2002
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