Ioan Dicezare

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Ioan Dicezare
Ioan Dicezare 1943.jpg
2nd lt. Ioan Dicezare, 1943
Born (1916-08-12)12 August 1916
Bucharest
Died 10 August 2012(2012-08-10) (aged 95)
Bucharest
Allegiance Romania Romanian Armed Forces
Service/branch Romanian Air Force
Rank General-locotenent (OF-8)
Unit 7th Fighter Group
1st Fighter Group
Battles/wars

The Second World War

Awards Order of Michael the Brave,
Iron Cross

Ioan Dicezare (August 12, 1916, Bucharest – August 10, 2012, Bucharest[1]) was a leading Romanian fighter pilot and flying ace in World War II.[2] He was born and died in Bucharest.

On April 22, 1943 Dicezare engaged a Soviet bomber formation and shot down one A-20 Boston, which fell behind Axis lines. He then returned to the airfield and took the group's liaison Bf-108 Taifun. He landed near the crash site and took the pilot and the observer prisoner.[3]

In over 500 combat operations He was credited with 16 confirmed victories (and 3 probable) in aerial combat.[2]

Dicezare died August 10, 2012, 2 days before his 96th birthday. He was the last survivor of ”Grupul 7 Vânătoare” pilots who managed to escape the Stalingrad encirclement.

Decorations and awards[edit]

  • Order of Michael the Brave, 3rd class (August 30, 1943) - campaign from Mariupol
  • Order of Aeronautical Merit, Gold Cross with two bars and Knight with two straps (1943) - campaigns in the USSR from 1943
  • Order of the Crown of Romania, 1st class with swords and Military Virtue ribbon (1943?)
  • Iron Cross of 1939
    • 2nd class (probably June 6, 1943)
    • 1st class (probably August 17, 1943)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Romanian) Claudiu Pacearcă, Doliu în aviația românească. A murit Generalul Ioan Dicezare, unul dintre ultimii piloți de vânătoare români din al doilea Război Mondial, libertatea.ro, 10 august 2012, accesat 2012-08-10
  2. ^ a b Dénes Bernád, John A. Weal, Romanian Aces of World War 2, Botley, Oxfordshire: Osprey Publishing, 2003, ISBN 184176535X
  3. ^ http://www.worldwar2.ro/arr/?article=694

Bibliography[edit]

  • (Romanian) Sorin Turturică, Cruciaţi ai înălţimilor. Grupul 7 Vânătoare de la Prut la Odessa, București: Editura Militară, 2012, ISBN 978-973-32-0888-4
  • (Romanian) Vasile Tudor - Un nume de legenda - Căpitan av. erou Alexandru Șerbănescu, București: Editura Modelism, 1998, ISBN 973-97984-9-7

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