Constantin Mincu
Constantin Mincu
"31.10.1916 - Artileria antiaerian` a respins dou` atacuri ale avia]iei germane asupra Capitalei.
17.10.1917 - Echipajul format din pilotul Dumitru Rosetti [i observatorul Constantin Cristescu a executat un zbor de noapte deasupra Bucure[tiului, aflat sub ocupa]ie, lans#nd manifeste care chemau popula]ia s` se ridice \mpotriva trupelor germane.
Photo & text from Romanian Air Force website, page 44
courtesy of Aurelian Simionescu, 8-16-06
via email from Aurelian Simionescu, 8-16-06
     I found an online newsletter of the Romanian Air Force and in the almanac section on page 44 there are mentioned several early Romanian pilots.
     One of them is Polihroniade (Poly) Vacas. The caption reads: "On March 10, 1911 Polihroniade Vacas flew with a Farman airplane from Bucharest to Roman via Buzau part of the spring military maneuvers (exercises?)." From other online source I learned that Poly Vacas was a young relative of Cherkez (the founder of Chitila Piloting School), and that he was born in Braila, probably in 1893.
Best regards,
P.S. There are also three WW1 pilots featured with photographs in the same online publications (attached): Radu Irimescu, Constantin Mincu and Ion Muntenescu. Muntenescu died in combat in November 1917 and was decorated post mortem with Romanian "Military Virtue". A fourth name is Nicolae Tanase. If you want to include them too, I can provide you with translations of the short captions.

via email from Dave Lam, 12-7-06
     Irimescu received his pilot's license (#95 as a "locotenant" - I think that is Lieutenant equivalent) on 28 July 1916 at Chitila. On 17 Oct 1916, a flight of five aircraft, piloted by Irimescu, Antanasiu, Giossanu, Cholet, and Mincu, bombed the rail station at Sistov, destroying a munitions dump. Later, he commanded a squadron equipped with Farmans (Escadrilei Farman-5), and received an award which seems to have been French, with a Romanian title of "Crucea de Razboi" (seems to be "war Cross").
     In 1932 he became the Romanian Undersecretary of State for Aviation, and in 1935 he moved to the Defense Ministry.

     If you search for "Constantin Mincu ", using the Google search engine, (12-6-06), you will find about 78 links, most of them in Romanian.

I have no information as to the dates of his birth or his death.
If you have any more information on this pioneer aviator
please contact me.
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