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Mariana DRAGESCU - Romanian Pioneer Pilot

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Marie Ana Dràgescu is the sole survivor into the 21st century of the all-female air force squadron, the ‘Escadrila albà’, which was active in WWII.

Marie Ana was born in Craiova, the capital of Oltenia, in Southern Romania, the daughter of an army officer and of a music teacher. She graduated from the aviation school in 1935, enrolled immediately thereafter in military manoeuvres and by 1940, aged 28, she became a member of a medical squadron. In 1942, Dràgescu was a member of the 108 light transports squadron of the Military Air Transport Group. At the end of the war, she was a pilot of the 113th squadron. During these operations Dràgescu managed to recover from the war zone over 1,500 wounded soldiers and secure their hospital treatment, behind the front lines.

Dràgescu’s feats brought her several of the highest orders of decoration - the ‘Virtutea Aeronauticà’ decoration, first class with clasp, as well as the ‘Crucea Regina Maria’ and the German Eagle decoration, third class. Yet, in spite of all military honours, Marie Ana Dràgescu remained a woman of an extraordinary modesty and wisdom.

After the war Dràgescu worked for the civil aviation, but the Stalinist purges at the time of Gheorghiu-Dej caught up with her and in spite of her experience and ability she was fired in 1954 for political reasons: it was a miracle that she did not to end up in a prison camp. She found a secretarial job instead, which allowed her to survive until her retirement in 1966.

In 1990, aged 90, once she had witnessed the fall of Ceausescu, Marie Ana Dràgescu’s feats could, at long last, be recorded, and made public. Her military credentials have at long last been restored, being made a Lieutenant (r) of the Romanian Airforce and been awarded the Order of the ‘Star of Romania’, with the grade of Commander. Her feats of arms made the subject of a recent movie, ‘Escadrila albà’, directed by Serban Creangà.




"Blouse Roumaine - the Unsung Voices of Romanian Women"


Presented and Selected by Constantin ROMAN


Anthology E-BOOK (11BM)


DISTRIBUTION: Online with credit card


COST: $ 54.99, £34.99 (ca Euros 35.50)






2,250,000 words,


over 1,000 pages,


ca 160 illustrations in text


160 critical biographies,


58 social categories/professions,


600 quotations (mostly translated into English for the first time),


circa 3,000 bibliographical references (including URLs and credits)


6 Indexes (alphabetical, by profession, timeline, quotation Index, place


index and name index)


AUTHOR: Constantin Roman is a Scholar with a Doctorate from Cambridge and a Member of the Society of Authors (London). He is an International Adviser, Guest Speaker, Professor Honoris Causa and Commander of the Order of Merit.


INDEX BY PROSFESSION: 58 CATEGORIES by Call, Profession or Social Status


Academics (22), Actresses (9), Anti-Communist Fighters (14), Architects/Interior Designers (2), Art Critics (9), Artist Book Binders (1), Ballerinas (6), Charity Workers/Benefactors (20), Communist Public Figures (2), Courtesans (3), Designers (2), Diplomats (4), Essayists (11), Ethnographers (6), Exiles & First-generation Romanians born abroad (87), Explorers (1), Feminists (12), Folk Singers (1), Gymnasts, Dressage Riders (2), Historians (5), Honorary Romanian Women (15), Illustrators (3), Journalists (13), Lawyers (4), Librarians (3), Linguists (2), Literary Critics (1), Media (15), Medical Doctors/Nurses (5), Memoir Writers (16), Missionaries and Nuns (4), Mountainéers (2), Museographers (1), Musical Instruments Makers (1), Novelists (24), Opera Singers (16), Painters (14), Peasant Farmers (6), Philosophers and Philosophy Graduates (4), Pianists (6), Pilots (4), Playwrights (5), Poets (29), Political Prisoners (30), Politicians (5), Revolutionaries (2), Royals and Aristocrats (34), Scientists (8), Sculptors (4), Slave (1), Socialites/Hostesses (20), Spouses/Relations of Public Figures (51), Spies (2), Tapestry Weavers (4), Translators (25), Unknown Illustrious (6), Violinists (4), Workers (3)



Most of the above 160 Romanian women, in the best tradition of versatility, are true polymaths and therefore nearly each one of them falls in more than just one category, often three or more. This explains why adding the numbers of the 57 individual categories bears no relation to the actual total of the above 160 women included in Blouse Roumaine.


LIST OF 160 CRITICAL BIOGRAPHIES (each supported by Quotations and Bibliography)


AA *Gabriela Adamesteanu *Florenta Albu *Nina Arbore *Elena Arnàutoiu *Ioana Raluca Voicu-Arnàutoiu, *Laurentia Arnàutoiu *Mariea Plop - Arnàutoiu *Ana Aslan *Lady Elizabeth Asquith Bibescu


BB *Lauren Bacall *Lady Florence Baker *Zoe Bàlàceanu *Ecaterina Bàlàcioiu-Lovinescu *Victorine de Bellio *Pss. Marta Bibescu *Adriana Bittel *Maria Prodan Bjørnson *Ana Blandiana *Yvonne Blondel *Lola Bobescu *Smaranda Bràescu *Elena Bràtianu *Élise Bràtianu *Ioana Bràtianu *Elena Bràtianu- Racottà *Letitzia Bucur


CC *Anne-Marie Callimachi *Georgeta Cancicov *Madeleine Cancicov *Pss. Alexandra Cantacuzino *Pss.Maria Cantacuzino (Madame Puvis de Chavannes) *Pss. Maruca Cantacuzino-Enesco* Pss. Catherine Caradja *Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu *Marta Caraion-Blanc, *Nina Cassian, *Otilia Cazimir *Elena Ceausescu *Maria Cebotari *Ioana Celibidache *Hélène Chrissoveloni (Mme Paul Morand)*Alice Cocea *Irina Codreanu *Lizica Codreanu *Alina Cojocaru *Nadia Comàneci *Denisa Comànescu *Lena Constante *Silvia Constantinescu *Doina Cornea *Hortense Cornu *Viorica Cortez*Otilia Cosmutzà *Sandra Cotovu *Ileana Cotrubas *Carmen-Daniela Cràsnaru *Mioara Cremene *Florica Cristoforeanu *Pss. Elena Cuza


DD *Hariclea Darclée *Cella Delavrancea *Alina Diaconú *Varinca Diaconú *Anca Diamandy *Marie Ana Dràgescu *Rodica Dràghincescu *Bucura Dumbravà *Natalia Dumitrescu


EE *Micaela Eleutheriade *Queen Elisabeth of Romania (‘Carmen Sylva’) *Alexandra Enescu *Mica Ertegün


FF *Lizi Florescu, *Maria Forescu *Nicoleta Franck *Aurora Fúlgida


GG *Angela Gheorghiu *Pss Grigore Ghica *Pss. Georges Ghika (Liane de Pougy) *Veturia Goga *Maria Golescu *Nadia Gray *Olga Greceanu *Pss. Helen of Greece *Nicole Valéry-Grossu *Carmen Groza


HH *Virginia Andreescu Haret *Clara Haskil *Lucia Hossu-Longin


II *Pss. Ileana of Romania *Ana Ipàtescu *Marie-France Ionesco *Dora d’Istria *Rodica Iulian


JJ *Doina Jela *Lucretia Jurj


KK *Mite Kremnitz


LL *Marie-Jeanne Lecca *Madeleine Lipatti *Monica Lovinescu *Elena Lupescu


MM *Maria Mailat *Ileana Màlàncioiu *Ionela Manolesco *Lilly Marcou *Silvia Marcovici *Queen Marie of Romania *Ioana A. Marin *Ioana Meitani *Gabriela Melinescu *Veronica Micle *Nelly Miricioiu *Herta Müller *Alina Mungiu-Pippidi *Agnes Kelly Murgoci


NN *Mabel Nandris *Anita Nandris-Cudla *Lucia Negoità *Mariana Nicolesco *Countess Anna de Noailles *Ana Novac


OO *Helen O’Brien *Oana Orlea


PP *Hortensia Papadat-Bengescu *Milita Pàtrascu *Ana Pauker *Marta Petreu *Cornelia Pillat *Magdalena Popa *Elvira Popescu


RR *Ruxandra Racovitzà *Elisabeta Rizea *Eugenia Roman *Stella Roman *Queen Ana de România, *Pss. Margarita de România *Maria Rosetti *Elisabeth Roudinesco


SS *Annie Samuelli *Sylvia Sidney *Henriette-Yvonne Stahl *Countess Leopold Starszensky *Elena Stefoi *Pss. Marina Stirbey *Sanda Stolojan *Cecilia Cutzescu-Storck


TT *Maria Tànase *Aretia Tàtàrescu *Monica Theodorescu *Elena Theodorini


UU *Viorica Ursuleac


VV *Elena Vàcàrescu *Leontina Vàduva *Ana Velescu *Marioara Ventura *Anca Visdei *Wanda Sachelarie Vladimirescu *Alice Steriade Voinescu


WW *Sabina Wurmbrand


ZZ *Virginia Zeani


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Uploaded on December 31, 2006