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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. cdor. av. Ioan Sandu

Fighter Pilot

Born: 12 February 1900, Soldanesti, Botosani county

Units:

  • September 1943 - 23 June 1943: 1st Fighter Group

Combat missions: at least 15

Victories: 9

Decorations:

  • Mihai Viteazul Order 3rd class
  • Virtutea Aeronautica Knight Cross class

War episode:

On 23 June 1944, the 15th Air Force made another raid over Romanian soil. The 1st Fighter Group, although reduced to 19 operational aircraft in the last three months of fighting with the Americans, took off to meet the bombers at 0855 hours. Cpt. cdor. av. Ioan Sandu led the group into battle, as usual. They made contact with the enemy. One patrula (Romanian for Schwarm) shot down a B-17 before they ran into the escort somewhere north of Bucharest. In the following dogfight with the Mustangs of the 31st Fighter Group, the IAR-81 no. 170 (rearmed as the IAR-81C version) of cpt. cdor. av. Ioan Sandu was shot down and fell near Stefanesti. Another two made forced landings and the pilots were wounded and one IAR-81C was damaged. Ioan Sandu was the highest-ranking Romanian airman killed in battle during WW2.

Died: 23 June 1944, Stefanesti, Ilfov county

Picture from "Aripi Romanesti" no. 68/1944

Cpt. cdor. av. Ioan Sandu

 

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Brasoveanu  (22 April 2008)
Why is there no mention that he was Killed while hanging by his parachute, but the bullets of the American Mustang?
The circumstances regarding his death should be more clear, - as depicted in the Book 'Romanian Fighter Aces' by Dénes Bernad-