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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
cpt. av. Marin Ghica

Fighter/Night Fighter Pilot

Born: 18 October 1908, Bragadiru

Units:

  • 22 June - 14 August 1941: 5th Fighter Group
  • 14 - 27 August 1941: 8th Fighter Group
  • 27 August 1941 - September 1942: 5th Fighter Group
  • September 1942 - 1 August 1943: 51st Night Fighter Squadron

Combat missions: 55

Victories: 1 confirmed + 3 probable

Decorations:

  • Virtutea Aeronautica Order Gold Cross class with two bars

War episode:

On 1 August 1943, during Operation Tidalwave, the German-Romanian command scrambled all available fighters, even from the 51st Night Fighter Squadron. Out the four Bf-110Cs that took off, only cpt. av. Marin Ghica, the unit's CO, engaged the enemy near Bolintin Vale at an altitude of 300 m. There were two B-24s and one of them was being attacked by a Me-109, so he attacked the other one. He fired at the left wing and the engine near the fuselage started to burn soon. He returned and fired on the other engine, but when he was pulling out the plane was gravely hit by the American machine-gunners. The flames entered the cockpit. He tried to gain some altitude in order to jump, but only the radio operator made it. Cpt. av. Ghica was found crushed, because his parachute didn't open.

Died: 1 August 1943, Bolintin Vale

Author: Victor Nitu
Sources:
Tudor V. Constantin "Bâzu" Cantacuzino - Printul asilor, Editura MODELISM, 2000

Antoniu D., Cicos G. Vanatorul IAR-80, istoria unui erou necunoscut, Editura MODELISM, 2000

Anuarul ofiterilor din Aeronautica - 1939

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DINCA BENONI  (27 November 2005)
In ziarul Universul din 5.o8.1943 este publicat necrologul aviatorului decedat care spune:Maria Ghica Marian mama,Sita si Gh.Marian,Tudora si Radu Visan' si Petru Lungu ,frate surori cumnati,cumetre,veri si draga lui Liuta cu nemarginita durere,anunta moartea eroicaa scumpului lor capitan aviator GHICA MARIAN DE 34 ANI-Virteju-Ilfov.Decorat cu Virtutea Aeronautica cu spade gradul cavaler,Steaua Romaniei,Crucea de Fier,Vulturul Italian,cazut eroic la datorie in ziua de 1 August 1943,la Bolintin-Vale.Inmormintarea se oficiaza la 4 August ora 4 d.a.la cimitirul militar Ghencea.Dormi in pace suflet bun in veci neuitat.(Alaturi apare o fotografie a aviatorului.Curios este ca anuntul a aparut la o zi dupa ce aviatorul a fost inmormintat.)