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

Ioan Dicezare
2nd lt. Ioan Dicezare, 1943
Born(1916-08-12)12 August 1916
Bucharest, Kingdom of Romania
Died10 August 2012(2012-08-10) (aged 95)
Bucharest, Romania
AllegianceRomania Royal Romanian Armed Forces
Service/branchRoyal Romanian Air Force
RankGeneral-locotenent (OF-8)
Unit7th Fighter Group
1st Fighter Group
Battles/warsThe Second World War
AwardsOrder of Michael the Brave,
Iron Cross

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][self-published source?]

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

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

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  1. ^ (in Romanian) Claudiu Pacearcă, Doliu în aviația românească. A murit Generalul Ioan Dicezare, unul dintre ultimii piloți de vânătoare români din al doilea Război Mondial,, 10 August 2012, accessed 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. ^ " - CPT. Av. (R) Ioan Dicezare".

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  • Craciunoiu, Cristian (June 1999). "As roumain 39/45: Ioan Dicezare" [Romanian Ace Ioan Dicezare]. Avions (in French) (75): 28–35. ISSN 1243-8650.
  • Sorin Turturică, Cruciaţi ai înălţimilor. Grupul 7 Vânătoare de la Prut la Odessa, București: Editura Militară, 2012 (in Romanian) ISBN 978-973-32-0888-4
  • Vasile Tudor - Un nume de legenda - Căpitan av. erou Alexandru Șerbănescu, București: Editura Modelism, 1998 (in Romanian) ISBN 973-97984-9-7

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