June 13, 1919 - called into the Latvian army, assigned to the
8th Daugavpils infantry
November 3, 1919 - Distinguished himself by leading an attack to
take the German machine guns at a critical moment (Event mentioned in
his Lacpelsis Order citation)
1920 - Enrolls in Military College
1921 - Graduates from Military College with the rank of Lieutenant,
assigned to the 6th Riga Infantry
1924 - Promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant
1926 - Transferred to the 7th Siguldas infantry
1927 - Receives the Order of Lacplesis
August 28, 1928 - Promoted to the rank of Captain-Lieutenant
Transfers to the Aviation Division
July 10, 1930 - as a student, he experienced a bad landing and
damaged Avro trainer #37.
September 15, 1930 - when landing at Salaspils he crashed Udet
Flamingo #86. Note: The Martinsyde book suggests that the aircraft crashed was actually ADC.1 #62.
October 8, 1930 - Graduates from pilot training.
1931 - Graduates from flight school (Observer)
May 28, 1933 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
Sept.9, 1934 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
1935, March 13-14 - participates in the 2-day tour of Latgale, along
with many other distinguished members of the Aviation Division.
May 15, 1935 - The military is put on high alert for six months. After
this period Balodis is singled out for appreciation for his role.
September 8, 1935 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
November 29, 1935 - has responsibility (along with vltn.K.Blaus) for
the Aerodrome section of the Latvian Aero Club.
1936 - Designated commander of the 1st fighter squadron.
April 6, 1936 - participated in the selection of Gloster Gladiators
for the Latvian Air Force.
June 22, 1936 - participated in the goodwill flight around Europe (utilizing
the new Fairey Seals). He flew as a passenger in Aircraft #26 with Janis
Grinbergs as pilot.
June, 1937 - with Lt.A.Graudins he was sent to RAF Kenley in England, where they were attached to No.3 Squadron and received experience flying the Gladiator.
Prior to this course, they had also completed a blind-flying course at CFS. By August the Gladiator training was completed and they had returned to Latvia.
1938 - After K.Springis accidentally lands in the Soviet Union he was returned to the Latvians at a border crossing. Balodis
personally attended the transfer and reassured the pilot that all is well and they were glad to see him returned.
September 11, 1938 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Jelgava.
June 7, 1939 - As part of the Aviation Regiment's 20th anniversary, he is awarded the Viestura Order IV class (with swords).
1940 - Commander of the 1st Fighter Squadron (Riga)
November 23, 1940 - (Soviet occupation) he is relieved from military
duty (Rank of Captain)
June 14, 1941 - Arrested and deported to Russia (Usollaga Solikamska)
Charged with having participated in the war (1919) vs. the Red Army.
His family is also deported.
December 19, 1941 - Dies (of heart failure) in Usollaga Surmoga, Siberia.
- Antena, Ilze (ed)Lacplesa Kara Ordena Kavalieri
- Aviacijas Svetki (1932) Programma, pg.7, 9, 10
- Aviacijas Svetki (1935) Programma, pg.10, 11
- Briedis, Emils Latviesa Stasts
- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Humberstone, R. (ed) Latvian Air Force 1918 - 1940 pg.26
- Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.5, 1934
- Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.11, 1934
- Sanger, Ray The Martinsyde File
- Sparnota Latvija, No.52 (Oct 1938) pg. 667
- Sparnota Latvija, No.61 (July 1939) pg.247
- Sparnota Latvija, No.62 (Aug 1939) pg.274