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  • In early 1944, the Romanians started a point system for victories. Pilots were awarded 3 victories for shooting down a 4 or 6 engined aircraft, 2 victories for a 2 or 3 engined aircraft and 1 point for a single engined aircraft. Prior to this all aircraft downed were counted as just 1 victory.

                                                           Aircraft destroyed
Name                            Points/Victories  Confirmed  Unconf./Prob.  on Ground  Units               Other Sources  Comments


Cantacuzino, Constantin               69          43 [42+1]  11              -         Gr 5,7 & 9 vân      56|45, 56+13
Serbănescu, Alexandru                 55          44          8              -         Gr 7 & 9 vân        47|44, 47+8
Milu, Ioan                            52          33          4[3+1]         1         Gr 1,7 & 9 vân      45|N/A,45+6    1.
Vizanti, Dan Valentin                 43+         16 [15+1]   ?              -         Gr 1,3 & 6 vân      16| 8
Rosariu, Constantin                   33          14          2              4         Gr 7 vân            27|N/A
Chirvăsută, Cristea                   31          18          4              -         Gr 7 & 9 vân        20|20
Maga, Ioan                            29          15          5              -         Gr 5,7 & 8 vân      18|15, 18+1
Mucenica, Ioan                        27          22 [21+1]   2              -         Gr 7 & 9 vân        19|18
Gavriliu, Vasile A.                   27          14          2              5 [4+1]   Gr 9 & 7 vân        17|14, 17+2+7
Greceanu, Teodor                      24+         18          5              1         Gr 7 & 9 vân        20|20, 20+4
Lungulescu, Constantin                24+         18 [17+1]   2              -         Gr 7 & 9 vân        15|14
Di Cesare, Ioan                       23+         16          3              ?         Gr 7 vân            19|16
Ilie, Dumitru                         22           9          3              2         Gr 6 & 8 vân        12| 8
Mălăcescu Ioan                        21+         16          3              -         Gr 7 & 9 vân        13|11
Popescu-Ciocănel, Gheorghe            19          13          1              -         Gr 9 vân            14|10
Scurtu, Dan                           19+          9          3              2         Gr 7 vân            10| 8
Zăbavă, Teodor                        18+         11 [10+1]   3              4         Gr 8 vân and asalt  11|11
Rădulescu, Andrei                     18          10          4              -         Gr 5 & 9 vân        13| 9
Vinca, Tiberiu                        17+         13 [12+1]   3              1         Gr 7 & 9 vân        15|13
Dârjan, Trajan                        17+         11          1              -         Gr 9 vân            11| 8
Bulat, Mihai                          17           9 [4+5]    -              -         Gr 4 & 6 vân        12| 4
Nicola, Ioan                          16          10 [6+4]    -              -         Gr 1,3 & 9 vân      10| 5
Dobran, Ion                           15           9          3              1         Gr 9 vân            13|10, 10+3+1
Mihordea, Mihai                       15           9          1              -         Gr 4 vân            13| 8
Fulga, Eugen                          15           9 [3+6]    1              -         Gr 3 & 4 vân
Dumitrescu, Stefan                    15           6          2              -         Gr 3 & 6 vân        10| 5
Tifrea, Aurel                         15           4          1              1         Gr 1 vân            14| 5
Stănică, Gheorghe                     15           3          2              -         Gr 2 vân             9| 3
Camencianu, Evgenie (Eugen)           14+          7          3              -         Gr 5 vân             8| 8
Popescu, Constantin                   14+          7          1              -         Gr 1 & 6 vân        16| 8
Cojocaru, Petre                       14           4 [3+1]    1              -         Gr 2 vân             9| 3
Dumitrescu, Mircea                    13           8 [6+2]    2 [1+1]        -         Gr 3 & 6 vân        10| 7
Micu, Ioan                            13           8 [7+1]    1              3         Gr 8 & 9 vân
Moraru, Iosif                         13+          7          4              1         Gr 7 & 9 vân         8| 7
Toma, Lucian                          13+          7          -              -         Gr 5,9 & 9 vân       8| 4
Agarici, Horia                        13           6          2              -         Gr 5 & 7 vân        10| 6, 10+2
Chera, Dumitru                        13  |+3*|    5 [4+1]    -              2*        Gr 1 & 6 vân         7| 3, 7+1     2.
Dusescu, Hariton                      12           9          1              1         Gr 7 & 9 vân         5| 5
Tutuianu, Gheorghe                    12+          8          2              -         Gr 8 vân             7| 5
Galea, Ion                            12+          5          2              -         Gr 5 & 9 vân               12+2
Cristea, Gheorghe                     12           4 [3+1]    -              -         Gr 1 vân            15| 5
Bârlădeanu, Ioan                      12           3 [2+1]    1              -         Gr 1 van             9| 3
Polizu-Micsunesti, Nicolae            11          10          -              -         Gr 7 vân            10|10, 10+1
Ursache, Constantin                   11           8          1              -         Gr 5,7 & 9 vân       8| 6
Panaite, Ioan                         11           8          1              -         Gr 7 & 9 vân         7| 5
Cristu, Cristu I.                     11           8 [4+4]    -              -         Gr 3 & 4 vân         8| 6
Greceanu, Stefan                      11           7          3              -         Gr 7 vân             9| 9
Ivancievici Ioan                      11           5 [2+3]    2              -         Gr 3 & 4 vân
Alexiu, Florian                       11+          5          1              2         Gr 8 vân                   3+1+2
Macri, Nicolae                        11           5          -              -         Gr 3 & 4 vân
Ciutac, Stefan Octavian               11           5          -              1         Gr 7 & 9 vân
Burileanu, Nicolae                    10+          8          1              1         Gr 7 vân             5| 5
Muresan, Liviu                        10           7          2              -         Gr 7 vân             8| 7
Catană, Laurentiu                     10           7          -              1         Gr 7 vân             5| 5
Dimache, Ioan                         10           7 [6+1]    -              -         Gr 3 & 6 vân        12| 8
Dimache, Constantin                   10           7 [4+3]    -              -         Gr 4 & 6 vân
Bălan, Emil                           10           5          2              -         Gr 9 vân
Baciu, Dumitru                        10  |+3|     5 [4+1]    2 [1+1]        1         Gr 1 & 6 vân         7| 4          3.
Mazilu, Mircea                        10+          4 [2+2]    3              -         Gr 3 & 7 vân         5| 3
Hăpăianu, Gheorghe                     9           7          2              -         Gr 4 & 7 vân
Stefănescu, Parsifal                   9           7          -              -         Gr 5 & 8 vân
Budu, Florian                          9           7          -              2         Gr 6 & 8 vân        16|N/A
Cordescu, Petre                        9           6          -              -         Gr 5 vân             5| 5
Moldoveanu, Alexandru                  9           4          2              -         Gr 7 vân             9| 7
Senchea, Mircea                        9           3          3              -         Gr 9 vân
Parsinopol, Gheorghe                   9           3          -              -         Gr 1 vân
Sandu, Ioan                            9           2          1              -         Gr 1 vân             6| 2
Sandru, Jean (Ioan)                    9           2          1              -         Gr 7 vân
Mociornită, Gheorghe                   9           2          1              -         Gr 1 & 2 vân
Mihăilescu, Petre                      9           2          1              -         Gr 1 vân             6| 2
Georgescu, Constantin                  9           2          1              -         Gr 1 vân             
Baltă, Constantin                      9           2          1              -         Sc de vân            6| 2, 6+3
Grigore, Panait                        9           1          2              -         Gr 1 vân
Cocebas, Gheorghe                      8           6          -              -         Gr 6 & 8 vân        10| 9
Nicoară, Constantin                    8           5          2              -         Gr 7 & 9 vân         6| 5          4.
Pucas, Stefan                          8           4          1              -         Gr 8 vân and asalt   6| 4
Georgescu, Emil                        8           4          1              -         Gr 5 vân                           ^
Marinciu, Ioan                         8           4          -              -         Gr 7 & 9 vân         6| 4, 6+8
Grecu, Gheorghe Alexandru              8           3          1 [0+1]        -         Gr 2 & 4 vân         6| 3
Anastasescu, Carol                     8           2          1              -         Gr 6 vân             8| 2
Florea, Ioan                           7           5          -              -         Gr 3 & 7 vân                       5.
Fortu, Vasile                          7+          4          2              1         Gr 8 vân
Pomut, Constantin                      7           4          1              -         Gr 5 & 7 vân         7| 7
Vlădăreanu, Aurel                      7           3          -              -         Gr 6 vân             5| 2
Mirilă, Vasile                         7           3          -              1         Gr 1 & vân           5| 3
Ionescu Titus Gherghe                  7           2          1              -         Gr 3 & 4 vân
Reinek, Radu                           6           6 [5+1]    -              -         Gr 8 vân
Selei, Erich Richard                   6           5          1              -         Gr 8 vân             5| 5
Vonica, Ioan                           6           5          -              1         Gr 8 vân                   2+0+1
Popescu, Constantin                    6           5          -              -         Gr 5 vân
Niculescu, Dumitru                     6           5 [2+3]    -              -         Gr 3 vân
Anca, Iuliu                            6           4          1              -         Gr 8 vân             5| 4
Chiuhulescu, Iosif                     6           4 [1+3]    1              -         Gr 3 vân
Turcanu, Pavel                         6           4          -              1         Gr 9 vân
Florescu, Stefan                       6+          3          -              -         Gr 1 & 5 vân                       6.
Butnaru, Gheorghe                      6           3                                                                      [1.]
Naghirneac, Nicoale                    6           2          2              -         Gr 7 & 9 vân
Taflan, Eugen                          6           2          1              -         Gr 4 & 7 vân
Scurtu, Petre                          6           2 [0+2]    -              -         Gr 8 vân
Neagoe, Gheorghe                       6           2                                                                      [1.]
Marulis, Andrei                        6           2 [1+1]    -              -         Gr 1 vân
Gulan, Gheorghe                        6+          2 [1+1]    -              ?         Gr 1 vân                           7.
Bucsa, Pavel                           6           2          -              -         Gr 6 vân
Anghelescu, Virgil                     6           2          -              -         Gr 1 vân
Teodorescu, Mircea                     6           1          1              -         Gr 1 vân
Ionită, Vasile                         6           1          1              -         Gr 4 vân
Brătianu, Vintila                      5+          5          -              -         Gr 7 vân
Belcin, Mihai                          5+          5 [4+1]    -              -         Gr 6 vân                   1+1
Mihăilescu, Ioan                       5           4          1              -         Gr 8 vân
Iordache, Florea                       5           4          1              -         Gr 7 vân
Simionescu, Ioan                       5+          4          ?              -         Gr 7 & 9 vân
Neascu, Romeo                          5           3          2              -         Gr 3 & 7 vân                       8.
Miron, Costin                          5           3          2              -         Gr 7 & 9 vân
Droc, Emil                             5           3          2              -         Gr 6 vân
Pisoschi, Gheorghe                     5           3 [2+1]    1              -         Gr 6 vân
Logotheti, Nicolae Sculey              5           3          1              -         Gr 5 & 8 vân
Economu, Alexandru                     5           3          1              -         Gr 7 & 9 vân
Rosescu, Ioan                          5           3          -              -         Gr 5 vân
Iolu, Nicolae                          5           3          -              1         Gr 7 vân
Ghica, Marin                           5+          3          -              2         Gr 5 vân                   1+3     9.
Encioiu, Dumitru                       5           3          -              -         Gr 9 vân
Bocsan, Ioan                           5+          3          -              2+        Gr 7 vân
Bătrânu, Nicolae                       5           2          1              -         Gr 7 & 9 vân
Pascu, Vasile                          5           2          1 [0+1]        -         Gr 8 vân and asalt         0+3
Muresan, Clemente                      5           2          -              -         Gr 2 vân
Constantinescu, Petre                  5           1          1              -         Gr 6 vân
Manoliu, ALexandru                     5+          1          -              4         Gr 7 vân


Dobrescu, Gheorghe                     ?           2                                   2nd LRR Sq.
Stoian, Dan                            ?           1                                   5&6 B Gr., 2 LRR Sq.
Schmaltz, Wilhelm                      ?           1                                   5th B Sr.                          BO
Marinescu, Eugen "Matra"               ?           1                                   5th B Gr.                          BO
Gânescu, Rene                          ?           1                                   5th B Gr.                          BP
Georgescu, Emil                        ?           1                                   5th B Gr.                          ^, LP/BO
Claru, Vasile                          ?           1                                   Gr 8 vân
Batacui, Corneliu                      ?           1                                   1st LRR Sq.
Badulescu, Mircea "Gicu"               ?           1                                   8th A/DB Gr.
Pop, Horia                             ?           -          2              -         52nd F Sq.

Comments:
  1. Also credited with the destruction of T-34 tank.
  2. Unauthorised strafing of enemy airfield and two victories not claimed and not entered in combat reports.
  3. Unauthorised strafing of enemy airfield, kill not entered in combat reports. Yak fighter shot down 4 May 1945 not confirmed either.
  4. Made last AAR victory claim of war - Bf 109K - over Slovakia 1 April 1945.
  5. One by ramming, I-16 on 38 August 1941.
  6. Scored last kill against Allies - VVS Pe-2 - on 24 August 1944.
  7. Personal Aircraft showed three ground victory markings, but no official confirmation of victories has been found.
  8. Privately claims 18 aircraft shot down and 2500 hours flown, but not confirmed afficially.
  9. One source mentions that the B-24D Cpt av Marin Ghica attacked on last sortie eventually crased, but with no witness to cofirme the 'kill' it is not counted in the final tally.
^May be some person.
 
[1.]Source: Romanian Royal Aeronautics, http://www.worldwar2.ro/arr/.
 
A/DB Gr.: Assault/Dive Bomber Group
B Gr.: Bomber Group
F Sq.: Fighter Squadron
LRR Sq.: Long Range Recon Squadron
Sc de vân: Fighter School at Brasov
 
LP: Liaison Pilot
BO: Bomber Observer
BP: Bomber Pilot

Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4
Cpt. av. (r) Constantin Cantacuzino flew this Bf-109G4 in the summer of 1944,
as part of the 9th Fighter Group. Note the 40 victory marks on the fin.

IAR-81C
The IAR-81C no. 344 was flown by cpt. av. Dan Vizanti on 10 June 1944,
when he claimed two P-38s of the 71st Fighter Squadron.


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