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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 Gânescu
slt. av. Costin Georgescu
lt. av. Emil Georgescu
lt. av. Gheorghe "Gâga" 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
adj. av. Dumitru Chera

Fighter Pilot

Born: 8 November 1921, Pausesti-Maglasi, Valcea

Units:

  • November 1943 - 10 June 1944: 1st Fighter Group
  • 18 July - 1 September 1944: 1st Fighter Group
  • 1 September - October 1944: 6th Fighter Group

Combat missions: N/A

Victories: 7 + 1 probable

Decorations:

  • Virtutea Aeronautica Order Gold Cross class with two bars

War episode:

On 23 September 1944, adj. av. Dumitru Chera was part of an IAR-81C patrulă (Schwarm), under the command of lt. av. Dumitru Baciu, which was directed to cover the airspace around Turda. Another patrulă was already there and had engaged some Luftwaffe fighters. Lt. av. Baciu ordered the attack, but they were also jumped by Bf-109Gs (from JG 52) and two of the four IAR-81s were shot down. The remaining Romanian celulă (Rotte), Baciu and Chera, turned and attacked the Bf-109s and each claimed one German. But the battle was not finished and they were engaged by four German fighters, which managed to split them up. Adj. av. Chera ended up with three of them on his tail. He decided to descend to low altitude, where his aircraft performed better, and headed for Turda. One of the Germans abandoned the chase, but the other two were hanging on. Adj. Chera was exhausted. One of the Germans gained some altitude and attacked. The Romanian pilot turned to avoid the bursts and came head on with the other one. Since he saw no other way out he decided not to give in. The German pilot did and Chera sent him a burst from the two 20 mm cannons and saw him going down near Vâlcele. The other one disappeared and he finally was able to safely land on the Turda airfield, after a mission he would never forget.

Died: 25 November 2004, Bucharest

 

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Eugen Spătaru  (6 February 2006)
Câteva date despre comandorul aviator (r)Dumitru Georgică Chera
S-a născut la 8 noiembrie 1921 La Păulesti Maglasi, județul Vâlcea.
A absolvit scoala militară de pilotaj în anul 1943 cu gradul de adjutant stagiar în Escadrila 63 vânătoare.
Ulterior, după 1948 a fost instructor de zbor la Centrul Militar de Pilotaj, fiind promovat locotenent în anul 1949. A fost pilot, sef birou operații si subsef de stat major în Regimentul 7 Aviatie de Vânătoare din 1951. Din anul 1952 a fost ofițer cu tragerile si lupta aeriană la Centrul de Instrucție al Aviatiei si, din 1953, la Scoala de Ofiteri Naviganți de Aviatie. Ulterior, până la trecerea în rezervă în iunie 1958 (cu gradul de căpitan) a fost inspector de zbor în Comandamentul Fortelor Aeriene Militare. 
În perioada 1958 - 1972 a activat ca pilot la Întreprinderea de Aviatie Utilitară si pilot receptioner la I.R.M.A. Băneasa.
După 1990 a fost avansat succesiv până la gradul de comandor.
A decedat la 25 noiembrie 2004 la Bucuresti.