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  1. Stewie Griffin

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    Does anyone know of any Hungarian or Romanian Stuka pilots?
    Who were they?:pPmp40fire:
     
  2. Skipper

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    Difficult Question. The only picture I have of a Romanian Stuka is a Stuka D which fought under Command of the Luftflotte 4 in 1943/1944. they used Stukas D1 and D3 .
    If you don't already have it , I can post it for you. It's the one with Werknummer 34a.

    The Hungarians used Stukas from 1942 but against Partisans only.

    I have no names.
     
  3. JCFalkenbergIII

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    So far can't find any names of individual pilots.

    "Hungary received ten Ju-87B-2s in 1941, though these machines were only used for training. The Hungarians received at least 12 D-series machines in 1942 and 1943, using them against the Soviets beginning in August 1943. They were badly cut up, leading to the withdrawal of these squadrons in October. The Hungarian Stuka force was re-formed and thrown back into combat against the Red Army in June 1944, but within two months the Hungarians had begun to transition to the schlacht FW-190. Rumania received 40 Ju-87B-2s in 1940, with these machines flying in support of Rumanian forces following the invasion of the USSR in June 1941. The Rumanians received 115 D-series machines in 1942 and 1943, using them to replace the less effective B-series aircraft. In August 1944 the Rumanian government was overthrown by a coup, with the new government allying itself with the USSR and turning on the Germans, with Rumanian Stukas apparently being used for attacks on the Nazis."

    The Junkers Ju-87 Stuka
     
  4. Hufflepuff

    Hufflepuff Semi-Frightening Mountain Goat

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    No I don't know of any Hungarian or Rumanians. I'll have to do research
     
  5. JCFalkenbergIII

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    lt. av. Tudor Andrei[​IMG]Light Bomber/Dive Bomber Pilot
    Born: 25 March 1915, Cocora, Ialomita county

    Units:
    • 8 June - 3 August 1941: 73rd Bomber Squadron
    • 3 August - 10 August 1942: 6th Light Bomber Group
    • 10 August 1942 - 25 March 1943: 3rd Bomber Group
    • 26 March 1943 - 23 August 1944: 3rd Dive Bomber Group
    Combat missions: 60 light bomber (P.23) + 150 dive bomber (Ju-87)
    Victories: -
    Decorations:
    • Mihai Viteazu Order 3rd class
    • Virtutea Aeronautica Order Knight class
    • Eiserne Kreuz 1st class
    War episode:
    On 7 August the Red Army renewed its offensive between Werch Adagaum and the Krimskaya-Moldovanskoe highway, with four infantry divisions supported by 100 tanks and a powerful VVS presence. The 3rd Dive Bomber Group was called to intervene in the support of the German 97th Light Infantry Division (to which the Romanian 23rd Infantry Regiment was subordinated). Three missions were flown that day the Stukas, all of them led by lt. av. Tudor Andrei. Early in the morning 19 Ju-87Ds hit the tobacco factory west of Krimskaya, in the sector of the Soviet 257th Rifle Division. Two airplanes were hit by AAA and had to make forced landings. Then 17 sorties were made during the second mission, from which all planes came back. The third and last mission of the day was directed against a Soviet tank formation. The Stukas were attacked by fighters, but the Bf-109 escort engaged them. However the AAA damaged another Ju-87, which had to crash land at Anapa. Lt. av. Andrei had led 56 aircraft into action that day, with very good results, as resulting from the letter received from the German 97th Light Infantry Division. These were also missions no. 98, 99 and 100 for him. Eventually the Soviet offensive was stopped, after it had managed to advance only 1 km.
    Died: after 1990
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    Picture from "Aripi Romanesti" no. 52/1943
    Lt. av. Tudor Andrei receving the Virtutea Aeronautica Order Knight class from gen. Gheorghe Jienescu on 31 August 1943

    WorldWar2.ro - lt. av. Tudor Andrei
     
  6. JCFalkenbergIII

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    lt. av. Mircea "Gicu" Badulescu[​IMG]

    Light Bomber/Dive Bomber Pilot
    Born: 1 November 1917, Buzau

    Units:
    • 8 January - 10 August 1942: 81st Light Bomber Squadron
    • 10 August 1942 - 25 March 1943: 3rd Bomber Group
    • 26 March 1943 - 23 August 1944: 3rd Dive Bomber Group
    • 29 August - 11 October 1944: 6/3rd Dive Bomber Group
    • 11 October 1944 - 12 May 1945: 8th Assault/Dive Bomber Group
    Combat missions: 18 light bomber (IAR-37) + 262 dive bomber (Ju-87)
    Victories: 1
    Decorations:
    • Mihai Viteazul Order 3rd class with swords
    • Virtutea Aeronautica Order Commander class
    • Eiserne Kreuz 1st class
    War episode:
    On 13 January 1945, lt. av. Badulescu, the CO of the 74th Dive Bomber Squadron, led a formation of 7 Ju-87D5s against the Elisabeth Bridge in Budapest, which was very important for the Axis forces inside the city and was very heavily defended. The VVS already tried several times to destroy it and another bridge close to it, but failed. They took off at 15:00, in front of gen. av. Emanoil Ionescu (the CO of the Romanian Air Corps). As they closed on the city, they could see big columns of smoke all over the city. They gained altitude until they reached 4000 m. The AAA "welcomed" the Romanian Ju-87 and the Soviet Yaks which were escorting them. They came over the Danube, lined up and started the dive. They released the bombs and pulled up in the last moment. Flying just over the roofs of the buildings in Budapest, to avoid the powerful AAA the Ju-87 formation made its escape. Four bombs had hit the bridge. One airplane was hit in the engine and had to make an emergency landing on another airfield. The others returned without problems.
    Died: 19 June 1967, car accident



    adj. av. Mihai Belcin[​IMG]
    Fighter/Dive Bomber Pilot
    Born: 12 August 1915, Cosambesti, Ialomita

    Units:
    • July 1940 - May 1942: 6th Fighter Group
    • May - September 1942: 8th Fighter Group
    • September 1942 - 26 March 1943: 6th Fighter Group
    • 27 March 1943 - 31 August 1944: 3rd Dive Bomber Group
    Combat missions: unknown fighter + 154 dive bomber
    Victories: 1 confirmed + 1 probable

    Decorations:
    • Virtutea Aeronautica Order Knight class with two bars
    • Eiserne Kreuz 1st class
    War episode:
    For several days adj. av. Mihai Belcin was constantly asked by his friend slt. Werner Metianu, the group's chief engineer, to take him on a Stuka mission. So he finally did on 22 July 1943. Slt. Metianu replaced the machine-gunner in the back seat in a mission to bomb the village of Melekhov. But soon after take off the Ju-87D3 no. 28 experienced engine problems. Because they were flying over flooded areas, adj. Belcin decided to jump, but Metianu was to afraid to do it and he renounced the idea. Through the smoke coming out of the engine he spotted a suitable place for landing and eventually managed to put it down smoothly. A German car came quickly to the site and helped them extinguish the fire, thus saving the airplane. A Luftwaffe Fi-156 picked them up and took them back to base, where lt. cdor. av. Galeno was unpleasantly surprised to see Metianu and gave them three days of detention.
    He is presently living in Bucharest

    WorldWar2.ro - Pilots
     
  7. C.Evans

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    Fantastic stuff J.C! thanks for the results of your research!! I tried to give ya rep points but, still need to spread them around a bit! :fuse: :fuse: Oops, I meant to post :headbonk: :headbonk: and not :fuse: ;-D
     
  8. JCFalkenbergIII

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    I really appreciate the thought :). I wish you and a few others could Rep me again LOL. But I can always wait ;). Im glad to be of help and to be able to post some new info.
     

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