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The number of sources of information about Latvian Aviation is modest, especially for those who cannot read Latvian. The best book published in English, Irbitis' Of Struggle and Flight is long out of print, and its original print run was small, from an obscure publisher. It is very hard to find today.

In Latvian, however, we are newly-blessed with Edvin Bruvelis' Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture. Today, this is truly the gold standard on this topic and the level of scholarship certainly justifies a translation into english, though perhaps the market might not. I have relied on this work rather heavily in my web site, primarily because much of his material would be completely new to an english-only audience.

Another source, mostly interesting because it was written in the 1930s, is Sparnota Latvija - the Latvian journal of aviation. It is weak on military aviation news, but rich with the finest details of daily life in the Latvian Aero Club and, to a lesser extent, the National Guard (Aizsargi). This journal came to an end, as did so much else, when the Soviet Union occupied the Baltics and began what would be fifty years of suppression and oppression.


  • Air International, Vol.16 No.1, pg.45 (Item about Irbitis I-15)
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  • Bruce, J.M. De Havilland Aircraft of World War 1
  • Bruce, J.M. Nieuport Aircraft of World War One
  • Cooksley, Peter. Nieuport Fighters in Action
  • Davis, Mick AIRCO
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  • Gray & Thetford German Aircraft of the First World War
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  • Hall, Malcolm Sopwith Aviation Company
  • Holmes, Harry (ed), Avro Chalford Publishing Co, Stroud, 1996. ISBN 0-7524-0653-1
  • Humberstone, Richard (ed), Latvian Air Force 1918-1940 Blue Rider Publishing, London 2000, ISBN 1-902851-04-8
  • Irbitis, Karlis. Of Struggle and Flight Canada's Wings, Inc., Stittsville, Ontario, 1986. ISBN 0-920002-36-6
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  • Jackson, A.J. De Havilland Aircraft since 1909
  • Jane, Fred T. Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1919
  • Johnson, G.H.R. The Miles Magister Newark, Nottingham & Lincolnshire Air Museum, England.
  • Lamberton, W.M. Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War
  • Neulen, Hans Werner. In The Skies of Europe
  • Pelkavs, Elmars (ed)Policy of Occupation Powers in Latvia Riga, 1999. ISBN 9984-675-05-X
  • Sanger, Ray The Martinsyde File
  • Sanger, Ray Nieuport Aircraft of World War One
  • Smith,J.R., Creek, E.J. & Petrick, P. On Special Missions Ian Allan Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1-903223-33-4
  • Smith,J.R. et al Schlachtflieger Ian Allan Publishing, 2007. ISBN 1-857802-74-8
  • Smith, Peter C. Stuka Ian Allan Publishing, 2006. ISBN 1 903223 70 9
  • Stapfer, Hans-Heiri Tupolev SB in action Squadron/Signal Publications, 2004. ISBN 0-89747-481-3
  • Sturtivant, R.& Page, G. The Camel File
  • Sturtivant & Page, The DH4 / DH9 File Air Britain Publishing, England, 1999. ISBN 0-85130-274-2
  • Sturtivant, Ray Fairey Aircraft
  • Taylor, H.A. Fairey Aircraft Since 1915 Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, 1974. ISBN 0-87021-208-7
  • Thomas, G.J & Ketley, B. KG 200 Hikoki Pubications Ltd., 2003. ISBN 1-902109-33-3
  • Uniforms, Service Ranks, Awards - National Armed Forces, Latvian Republic Defense Ministry, 2003.
  • Van Ishoven, Armand, Aircraft Profile #257 - Udet (BFW) U-12 Flamingo Variants Hylton Lacy Publishers, Great Britain, 1973
  • Weal, John Jagdgeschwader 54 'Grunherz" Osprey Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84176-286-5
  • Weal, John Luftwaffe Schlachtgruppen Osprey Publishing, 2004. ISBN 1-84176-608-9
  • Windsock Datafile # 6 (Sopwith 2F1 Camel)
  • Windsock Datafile #13 (Albatros C.III)
  • Windsock Datafile #17 (LVG C.VI)
  • Windsock Datafile #23 (Hannover Cl.III)
  • Windsock Datafile #28 (Avro 504K)
  • Windsock Datafile #34 (Sopwith 1 2 - Strutter)
  • Windsock Datafile #53 (DFW C.V)
  • Windsock Datafile #69 (Halberstadt C.V)
  • Windsock Datafile #71 (LVG C.V)
  • Windsock Datafile #76 (Martinsyde Buzzard)
  • Windsock Datafile #79 (Rumpler C.I)
  • Windsock Datafile #80 (Sopwith 1 ½ Strutter)
  • Windsock Datafile #88 (Ansaldo A.I Balilla)
  • Windsock Datafile Special - Fokker D.VII Anthology V.III

  • Albatros C.III, mgr. Ivan Visek, HPM 3,4/1997
  • Gladiator a Sea Gladiator, Miroslav Snajdr, HPM 1,2,3-2004
  • Gloster Gladiator, Bartlomiej Belcarz, Robert Peczkowski, AJ Press Gdansk, Poland – Intermodel Hostomice, ISBN 83-86208-37-6
  • Letov S-328 Vol. 1, Jiri Vrany, Jakab Publishing, Czech Republic, ISBN 80-239-3930-0
  • Polni pilot a sefpilot tovarny LETOV Alois Jezek 1890-1956, Radko Vasicek, Jan Zahalka, HPM4/2003
  • UDET U-12 Flamingo, Vaclav Nemecek, L+K 25,26/1990
  • VEF I-16, Vaclav Nemecek, L+K 11/1995
  • Vzduch je nase more – Czechoslovak Aircraft 1918-1939, Jiri Rajlich, Jiri Sehnal, Nase vojsko Publishing, Czech Republic, ISBN 80-206-0221-6

  • "Kaja", August 26, 27 and 29, 1924 (Estonian daily newspaper)
  • "Postimees", August 30, 1924 (Estonian daily newspaper)
  • Päewaleht, March, 1930 (newspaper)

  • Hufvudstadsbladet (daily newspaper), No.132, May 18th 1938.
  • Kaksi Hansaa liikaa - Ilmailuvoimien Hansa-kaupat Latviaan 1926 by Kyosti Partonen in Suomen Ilmailuhistoriallinen Lehti, 2005 No.4 Feeniks (The Journal of the Finnish Aviation Museum), 1991 No.3
  • Suomen ja Baltian maiden ilmavoimien vierailuja 1920-ja 1930 luvuilla, by Yrjo Toivanen in
  • Uusi Suomi, (newspaper), March 23, 1930
  • VEF I-12 - Onnettomuuden Surkea Tutkinta by Jukka Raunio in Suomen Ilmailuhistoriallinen Lehti, 1996 No.3

  • L'Ansaldo A.1 'Balilla' de Hit Kit, Cappe, Phillippe in Avions No.126
  • Le Letov S-16, Passingham, Malcolm in Avions No.47
  • Lufthansa 1939-1945, La Flotte de Junkers 52, Neulen, Hans-Werner in Avions No.128

  • Latvijas Gaisaspeki by Richard Humberstone in Flieger Revue Extra No.8. (2005)

  • Lietuvos Karine Aviacija 19-40, Algirdas Gamziukas, Gytis Ramoska, Kaunas-Lithuania, ISBN 9986-557-12-7

  • Samoloty mysliwskie wojny domowej w Hiszpanii 1936-1939, Michal M.Mietelski, Marek Radomski, Barwa w Lotnictwie Swiata, WKL Warszawa Poland, ISBN 83-206-0924-0
  • Wojsko Lotewskie 1918-1940, Rutkiewicz, Jan.Barwa i Bron, Warszawa Poland, 2005, ISBN 83-923074-0-2

  • ASAS November, 2002. A Controversa Aguia do Baltico pg.34.

  • The aviation of sovereign Latvia between the two wars. Part 1, Mir Aviacii 2/96
  • Latvian Army in RKKA, M-Chobbi 3/2000

  • Aviones en la Guerra Civil Española 1936/1939 by Justo Miranda and Paula Mercado, Aldaba Ediciones 1989, ISBN 84-95088-98-3 (Reports that Latvians sold Bristol Bulldogs to Spain).

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