1931 - flew the new Fiat CR.1, one of which he flipped while landing.
July 19, 1931 - suffers a heavy crash while flying an ADC.1 at Daugavpils.
1932 - assigned as commander of the 2nd Fighter Squadron.
June 5, 1932 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
September 8, 1935 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
September 27, 1936 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Liezere.
1938 - promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel.
1938 - posted to London, Englad to serve as Latvia's representative on the "International Board for Non-Intervention in Spain."
1939 - Commander of Supply and Support, Aviation Division
June 7, 1939 - As part of the Aviation Regiment's 20th anniversary, he is awarded the Viestura Ordenis IV. class (with swords).
1940-41 - (Soviet Occupation) - relieved of his duties in the Latvian military.
1941 - (German Occupation) - forms a latvian battalion in Liepaja
March 18, 1942 - Commands the 18E "Erglu" volunteer batallion in the Ukraine. This unit is
renamed the 268th batallion on May 18 and is dissolved on July 4th, 1942.
May 1943 - Recalled to Riga to serve as German-Latvian liason on aviation matters
July 25, 1944 - Rucels is informed that the germans plan to form Latvian anti aircraft units. He
is assigned the task of finding suitable Latvians to be assigned to these new units.
August 17, 1944 - named Commander of the Luftwaffe Legion Lettland
January 23, 1945 - He and his flying officers (20 in total) are ordered from Koenigsburg to
Stettin. They board the german ship Der Deutsche but are removed from the ship before it
departs because nobody is permitted to leave Koenigsburg without the local commander's permission,
regardless of any other orders they may have received.
Rucels and his officers were sent to the East Prussian aviation commander for reassignment, and
he in turn sent them to Danzig where they would be reunited with the Latvian Legion. They finally
caught up with the Legion in February, in New Brandenburg.
As the front was rapidly approaching New Brandenburg, these aviators without aircraft (by now about
100 strong, including ground crews) were despatched to Denmark, where they eventually surrendered to the British.
1945 - detained in British-operated POW camp in Denmark, then transferred to the Cedelheim camp in Belgium.
March, 1946 - released from POW camp (Cedelgeim), moves to West Germany.
1947 - Emigrates to England.
1951 - emigrates to Toronto, Canada
July 9, 2000 - dies, at age 99, in Canada.
- Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture Edvins Bruvelis
- Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1981 No.2
- Kadets No.15 (1987)
- Latviesu Legions Arturs Silgailis
- Latviesu Karavirs Zem Kaskrusta Karoga Igors Varpa
- Additional information graciously provided by the Rucels family in Canada.