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lt. av. Tudor Andrei
lt. av. Titus Axente
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cpt. av. (r) Constantin "Bâzu" Cantacuzino
adj. av. Dumitru Chera
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slt. av. Vasile Claru
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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
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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. Tanase Mancu

Picture courtesy of cdor. Tanase Mancu (via Bernard Miclescu)

Slt. av. Tanase Mancu is shown here wearing the "Virtutea Aeronautica" Gold Cross class.

Recon Observer

Born: 22 September 1913, Ungureni, near Tecuci

Units:

  • 22 June 1941 - 3 September 1944: 13th Observation Squadron
  • 4 September - 21 December 1944: Air Command 1st Army
  • 22 December 1944 - February 1945: 13th Observation Squadron

Combat missions: N/A

Victories: -

Decorations:

  • Virtutea Aeronautica Order Knight class
  • Eiserne Kreuz 2nd class

War episode:

On 3 September, at 0500 hours, he took off on the first bombing mission against the Germans, with another two IAR-39s. They entered action between Apahida and Cluj, where there were 3 trains. Lt. av. Mancu was in the leading airplane at 2,150 m, where the German light AAA mounted on the trains was ineffective. They dropped 6 bombs, 2 at a time. Of these 3 hit the target. He announced the other aircraft in the formation of the result and told them to head towards the other two trains, which were only 30 minutes away from Cluj, 10 km one from the other. The Romanian biplanes used the same method of bombing. The bombs fell 1 or 2 meters away from the cars, damaging them and the railroad and causing the trains to derail. Having fulfilled the mission, they returned home following the railroad and searching for other targets. In the Razboieni-Apahida sector lt. av. Mancu uncovered 5 trains, which they successfully bombed. Then the formation landed and reported the results. They received another two similar missions that day, which they could carry out without problems due to the lack of enemy AAA and fighters.

He is presently living in Bacau.

Read the memories of cdor. av. (VR) Tanase Mancu

 

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bernard miclescu  (23 August 2006)
Mr Tanase lives now in France in the city of Le Mans.