LATVIAN AVIATION ITEMS FROM
"LATVIJAS KAREIVIS" NEWSPAPER - 1934



  • JANUARY
    • January 3 - no aviation items
    • January 4
      • H.Cukurs preparing for his return flight from Gambia.
    • January 5 - no aviation items
    • January 6 - no aviation items
    • January 9 - no aviation items
    • January 10 - no aviation items
    • January 11 - no aviation items
    • January 12 - no aviation items
    • January 13 - no aviation items
    • January 14 - no aviation items
    • January 16 - no aviation items
    • January 17
      • "Deruluft" announces plans to increase passenger capacity on the Berlin-Riga-Tallin route.
    • January 18 - no aviation items
    • January 19 - no aviation items
    • January 20
      • The Military Flight Academy celebrates its 14th Anniversary.
    • January 21
      • Latvian government announces the establishment of a Military Aviation Fund.
    • January 23 - no aviation items
    • January 24 - no aviation items
    • January 25
      • Further details regarding the operation of the Military Aviation Fund.
    • January 26 - no aviation items
    • January 28 - no aviation items
    • January 30 - no aviation items
    • January 31 - no aviation items

  • FEBRUARY
    • February 1 - no aviation items
    • February 2
      • Details of the rules governing the operation of the Military Aviation Fund.
    • February 3
      • List of recent donors to the Military Aviation Fund.
      • Military announces a lecture series in conjunction with the establishment of the Military Aviation Fund.
    • February 4 - no aviation items
    • February 6
      • Col.Basko takes the place of Gen.Kalejs in presenting the radio address regarding Latvian military aviation.
    • February 7
      • Report that H.Cukurs will be departing from Dakkar today.
      • Announcement that Col.Basko will be lecturing tomorrow about the role of Aviation in Society.
    • February 8
      • "Deruluft" announces its intention to continue service along its Berlin-Riga-Tallin-Leningrad route through the winter months.
    • February 9
      • It is confirmed that H.Cukurs has left Dakkar, flying to Gao.
    • February 10
      • Aviation Regiment announces plans to receive H.Cukurs upon his return to Latvia.
    • February 11 - no aviation items
    • February 13
      • Latvian Aviation Society holds its annual general meeting.
    • February 14 - no aviation items
    • February 15
      • Confirmation has been received that H.Cukurs has reached Gao.
    • February 16 - no aviation items
    • February 17 - no aviation items
    • February 18 - no aviation items
    • February 20
      • Indans delivers speech about Aviation to the Aizputes Infantry Regiment.
    • February 21 - no aviation items
    • February 23 - no aviation items
    • February 25
      • A new chapter of the Latvian Aviation Society is established in Daugavpils.
      • Col.Basko delivers speech about Aviation to the Rezeknes Infantry Regiment.
    • February 27 - no aviation items
    • February 28
      • H.Cukurs is in Gao, preparing his aircraft for crossing the Sahara.

  • MARCH
    • March 1
      • H.Cukurs has completed the 1,200 km flight across the Sahara.
      • The Aviation Society selects and announces its leadership group.
    • March 2
      • Report on H.Cukurs' Gambia flight (with map).
    • March 3
      • Two Soviet aircraft mistakenly land near Daugavpils.
    • March 4 - no aviation items
    • March 6
      • Soviet pilots who became lost and landed near Daugavpils are permitted to return to the Soviet Union.
    • March 7
      • H.Cukurs arrives in Oran.
    • March 8
      • Brief progress report on H.Cukurs return flight from Gambia.
    • March 9
      • List of recent donors to the Military Aviation Fund.
      • H.Cukurs has arrived in Algiers.
      • Announcement that "Deruluft" will resume its service to Riga on May 1.
    • March 10
      • Riga City Council designates area for a naval aviation depot for a civil air service between Stockholm-Riga-Warsaw.
    • March 11 - no aviation items
    • March 13
      • Janis Sturans promoted to the rank of Lt.Captain, back-dated to March 21, 1926.
    • March 14 - no aviation items
    • March 15 - no aviatoin items
    • March 16 - no aviation items
    • March 17 - no aviation items
    • March 18 - no aviation items
    • March 20 - no aviation items
    • March 21 - no aviation items
    • March 22 - no aviation items
    • March 23 - no aviation items
    • March 24
      • Aviation Society founded in Daugavpils, leadership selected.
    • March 25
      • A benefit Ball for the Military Aviation Fund will be held on May 9.
      • Statutes published for the Military Aviation Fund.
    • March 27 - no aviation items
    • March 28
      • Aviation Exposition announced for Jelgava, April 2 - 11.
    • March 29
      • The Military Aviation Fund establishes a network of regional subcommittees.

  • APRIL
    • April 1 - no aviation items
    • April 5
      • H.Cukurs reached Sicily April 4 on his return flight from Gambia.
      • Aviation Exposition underway in Jelgava, April 2-11.
      • Late news: H.Cukurs arrives in Napoli this morning.
    • April 6
      • Lt.Col.Skurbe's spouse dies after intestinal surgery.
      • Aviation Exposition continues in Jelgava.
    • April 7
      • 1st Lt. Paul Reinhard of the Aviation Regiment is relieved from duty at his own request.
    • April 8
      • List of recent donors to the Military Aviation Fund.
      • The new hangar at Spilve is pronounced complete.
    • April 10 - no aviation items
    • April 11
      • Note of thanks from Col.Skurbe re: those who attended his spouse's funeral.
    • April 12 - no aviation items
    • April 13 - no aviation items
    • April 14 - no aviation items
    • April 15
      • "Deruluft" releases its 1934 fare schedule for routes passing through Riga.
    • April 17
      • Polish airline "LOT" releases its 1934 fare schedule for the Warsaw-Vilnius-Riga-Revel route.
    • April 18
      • Gen.Hartmanis publishes rules for the establishment of Military Aviation Fund subcommittees.
      • Item describing the work of the Military Aviation Fund.
      • Three "Deruluft" aircraft expected to visit Riga/Spilve shortly.
    • April 19
      • Upgrades underway to the "LOT" hangar at Spilve.
    • April 20 - no aviation items
    • April 21
      • Plans announced for a new, modern passenger terminal at Spilve.
      • Sweden's "Aerotransport" announces intention to extend the Stockholm-Helsinki-Tallinn route to include Riga.
    • April 22 - no aviation items
    • April 24 - no aviation items
    • April 25 - no aviation items
    • April 26 - no aviation items
    • April 27 - no aviation items
    • April 28 - no aviation items
    • April 29
      • Director of "Deruluft" arrives in Riga to open the new civil transport season.

  • MAY
    • May 1 - no aviation items
    • May 3 - no aviation items
    • May 4
      • Announcement - Concert/Ball being held on May 9 to benefit the Military Aviation Fund.
    • May 5
      • List of recent donors to the Military Aviation Fund.
    • May 6
      • Polish airline considering extending the Warsaw-Riga route to Stockholm, and switching to floatplanes on that route.
    • May 8
      • List of recent donors to the Military Aviation Fund.
      • Former cavalry officers, now serving with the Aviation Regiment, are awarded the traditional Cavalry officers' watch chain.
    • May 9
      • List of recent donors to the Military Aviation Fund.
      • Aviation Festival announced for May 10 at Jelgava.
    • May 10 - no aviation items
    • May 12
      • H.Cukurs flies from Rome to Marseilles on his return flight from Gambia.
      • Report on the May 10 Aviation Festival in Jelgava.
      • Report on the Military Aviation Fund benefit Concert/Ball.
    • May 13
      • List of recent donors to the Military Aviation Fund.
      • Annual Riga/Spilve Aviation Festival announced for June 3.
      • H.Cukurs arrives in Paris, France.
    • May 15
      • Junkers G-38 scheduled to visit Riga tomorrow (photo).
    • May 16
      • H.Cukurs leaves Paris, flying to Frankfurt.
      • May 17 bus service to Spilve will be enhanced to handle crowds expected to greet H.Cukurs on his return.
    • May 17
      • H.Cukurs return flight interrupted/delayed at Frankfurt.
    • May 18
      • The new hangar at Spilve is officially turned over to the Aizsargi.
      • H.Cukurs arrives in Liepaja.
    • May 19
      • Gen.Penikis publishes a note of appreciation to the organizers of the Military Aviation Fund charity Concert/Ball.
    • May 20 - no aviation items
    • May 24
      • Latvian journalists tour German industrial sites in Junkers G-38 "General Fieldmarshall von Hindenburg".
    • May 25
      • H.Cukurs expected to return to Riga this day.
    • May 26
      • H.Cukurs returns to Riga/Spilve.
      • The Latvian journalists return from Germany in the Junkers G-38.
      • Latvian Aviation Society meets to arrange a dinner honoring H.Cukurs.
    • May 27
      • H.Cukurs reinstated into the Aviation Regiment and promoted to the rank of Captain.
      • Administrative 1st Lt. Oskars Dzervitis is transferred from the Armoured Train Regiment to the Aviation Regiment.
    • May 29 - no aviation items
    • May 30 - no aviation items
    • May 31 - no aviation items

  • JUNE
    • June 1 - no aviation items
    • June 2
      • Preparations announced for celebration of the Aviation Regiment's anniversary on June 6.
    • June 3 - no aviation items
    • June 5 - no aviation items
    • June 6
      • List of recent donors to the Military Aviation Fund.
      • Photo of Col.Basko
    • June 7
      • Aviation Regiment celebrates its 15th Anniversary.
    • June 8
      • List of recent donors to the Military Aviation Fund.
      • President A.Kviesis and War Minister Balodis speech on Aviation Regiment's anniversary.
    • June 9 - no aviation items
    • June 10 - no aviation items
    • June 12 - no aviation items
    • June 13
      • Plans announced for a number of upgrades to Spilve.
    • June 14 - no aviation items
    • June 15 - no aviation items
    • June 16 - no aviation items
    • June 17 - no aviation items
    • June 19 - no aviation items
    • June 20 - no aviation items
    • June 21 - no aviation items
    • June 22 - no aviation items
    • June 26 - no aviation items
    • June 27
      • Lt.Capt. Janis Udentins and Lt.Capt. Janis Balodis graduate from the advanced officer training course.
    • June 28 - no aviation items
    • June 29
      • Liepins and Stekis die in the crash of a seaplane near Liepaja.
    • June 30
      • Lt.Liepins to be laid to rest in Irlava on July 1.
      • Liepins and Stekis death notices

  • JULY
    • July 1
      • Capt.Stekis to be laid to rest in Riga on July 2.
      • Liepins and Stekis death notices
    • July 3
      • Report on the funeral of Capt.Stekis.
    • July 4 - no aviation items
    • July 5
      • Item: Air passenger traffic through Riga is increasing.
    • July 6
      • Report on the activity of the Cesis chapter of the Military Aviation Fund.
    • July 7 - no aviation items
    • July 8
      • Recent creative fundraising ideas for the Military Aviation Fund.
      • Permission granted to certain Lithuanian and French aviators to fly through Latvian airspace on two goodwill tours of Europe.
    • July 10
      • Note of gratitude from the family of Lt.A.Liepins.
    • July 11 - no aviation items
    • July 12 - no aviation items
    • July 13 - no aviation items
    • July 14 - no aviation items
    • July 15 - no aviation items
    • July 17 - no aviation items
    • July 18 - no aviation items
    • July 19 - no aviation items
    • July 20 - no aviation items
    • July 21
      • T.Svanbergs dies in the crash of a Martinsyde ADC.1
      • Lithuanian aviators return home after goodwill flight around Europe.
    • July 22
      • T.Svanbergs' death notice
    • July 24
      • Report on the funeral of T.Svanbergs
    • July 25
      • T.Svanbergs' death notice
    • July 26 - no aviation items
    • July 27
      • Commission established to investigate the cause of Svanbergs' July 20 crash.
    • July 28 - no aviation items
    • July 29 - no aviation items
    • July 31 - no aviation items

  • AUGUST
    • August 1
      • Aleksandrs Jakobsons surpasses 1000 career flight hours.
    • August 2
      • List of donors to the Military Aviation Fund.
    • August 3 - no aviation items
    • August 4 - no aviation items
    • August 5
      • Authorities report a significant rise in air passenger travel, particularly along the Riga-Tallin route.
    • August 7
      • Third anniversary of the Aizsargu Aviacija
    • August 8 - no aviation items
    • August 9 - no aviation items
    • August 10 - no aviation items
    • August 11 - no aviation items
    • August 12
      • Members of the Military Aviation Fund committe, Jekabpils chapter, are announced.
    • August 14 - no aviation items
    • August 15 - no aviation items
    • August 16 - no aviation items
    • August 17 - no aviation items
    • August 18
      • Details published regarding the various classes of Latvian pilot's licenses.
    • August 19 - no aviation items
    • August 21
      • Report on Aviation Festival in Kuldiga.
    • August 22
      • Report that air passenger traffic through Riga has more than doubled over that of the same time period in 1933.
    • August 23
      • Capt.Kandis makes an appearance on Latvian Radio, discussing the role of aviation in Latvia's fight for independence.
    • August 24
      • The 1934-35 budget has allocated funds for the building of a third hangar at Spilve (Riga).
      • "Deruluft" announces plans to continue air service to Riga throughout the winter of 1934-35.
    • August 25 - no aviation items
    • August 26
      • Photo (poor quality) of Lt.Col.Jakubovs of the Naval Aviation Section.
      • Aviation Festival announced for Daugavpils on Sept.2
    • August 28
      • Naval Aviation Section celebrates its 12th Anniversary.
    • August 29
      • Administrative Lt.Fricis Valdemars Rabauskis of the Aviation Regiment transfers to the 6th Infantry.
    • August 30 - no aviation items
    • August 31
      • Aviation Festival announced for Riga/Spilve on September 9.

  • SEPTEMBER
    • September 1 - no aviation items
    • September 2
      • Aviation Festival announced for Riga/Spilve on September 9.
    • September 4
      • Report on the Sept.2 Aviation Festival at Daugavpils.
    • September 5
      • Item describing the program for the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
    • September 6 - no aviation items
    • September 7
      • Item promoting Sept.9 Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
    • September 8 - no aviation items
    • September 9
      • Article calling for more public financial support for the latvian military, especially the Military Aviation Fund.
      • Item outlining technical details (access, etc) for the Aviation Festival at Spilve/Riga.
    • September 11
      • Report on the Sept.9 Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
    • September 12 - no aviation items
    • September 13 - no aviation items
    • September 14 - no aviation items
    • September 15 - no aviation items
    • September 16 - no aviation items
    • September 18
      • T.Gailitis injured in an aeroplane crash on September 16.
    • September 19 - no aviation items
    • September 20 - no aviation items
    • September 21 - no aviation items
    • September 22 - no aviation items
    • September 23 - no aviation items
    • September 25 - no aviation items
    • September 26
      • Members of the Military Aviation Fund committee, Riga chapter, are announced.
    • September 27 - no aviation items
    • September 28
      • Members of the Military Aviation Fund committee, Jelgava chapter, are announced.
      • Article discussing the relative merits of purchasing / building new aircraft for the military.
      • List of donors to the Military Aviation Fund from the Tukums chapter.
    • September 29
      • Jelgava chapter of the Military Aviation Fund decide to present a concert fundraiser on Oct.17
    • September 30 - no aviation items

  • OCTOBER
    • October 2
      • Report on the activity of the Jelgava chapter of the Military Aviation Fund.
    • October 3
      • Naval Aviation 1st Lt. Sergejs Meijers is released from military service for reasons of ill health.
      • Glider flight school to be opened in Jelgava on Oct.6
    • October 4 - no aviation items
    • October 5
      • Plans are being made for an aerodrome to be built in Valmiera, complete with hangar and facilities.
    • October 6 - no aviation items
    • October 7
      • List of Jelgava region donors to the Military Aviation Fund.
    • October 9
      • Estonian aviators briefly visit Riga.
      • Report on the Aviation Festival in Valmiera.
    • October 10 - no aviation items
    • October 11 - no aviation items
    • October 12
      • List of donors to the Military Aviation Fund.
    • October 13
      • Jelgava committee of the Military Aviation Fund holds a fundraising concert on Oct.17
    • October 14 - no aviation items
    • October 16 - no aviation items
    • October 17 - no aviation items
    • October 18 - no aviation items
    • October 20
      • Advertisement for K.Kalacis' book "Gaisa Aizsardziba"
    • October 21 - no aviation items
    • October 23
      • Jelgava committee of the Military Aviation Fund raises 400 Ls from Oct.17 concert.
      • Report on Oct.21 Aviation exposition at Blidene
    • October 24 - no aviation items
    • October 25 - no aviation items
    • October 26
      • The Railroad commission establishes a Military Aviation Fund subcomittee.
    • October 27 - no aviation items
    • October 28
      • H.Cukurs opens a one-week Gambia Expo in Daugavpils.
    • October 30 - no aviation items
    • October 31 - no aviation items

  • NOVEMBER
    • November 2
      • Liepaja committee of the Military Aviation Fund has raised 3.648 Lats to date.
      • H.Cukurs delivers his Gambia trip presentation to members of the military garrison in Daugavpils.
    • November 3 - no aviation items
    • November 4 - no aviation items
    • November 6
      • H.Cukurs' Gambia flight exposition opens in Rezekne.
    • November 7
      • New regulations released, grouping civil air services, Aizsargu Aviacija and Sport flying under the government department for Civil Aviation.
    • November 8
      • General Hartmanis comments on the new laws governing Civil Aviation.
    • November 9
      • The Military Aviation Fund subcommittee of the Railroad Commission meets to establish a complex fund-raising structure.
    • November 10 - no aviation items
    • November 11
      • Col. Arvids Skurbe of the Aviation Regiment is awarded the Order of the Three Stars, 3rd Class.
      • Lt.Col. Aleksandrs Argalis of the Aviation Regiment is awarded the Order of the Three Stars, 4th Class.
      • Lt.Capt. Janis Udentins, Lt.Capt. Hugo Freimanis, Lt.Capt. Nikolajs Balodis and Lt.Capt.Hugo Vanags of the Aviation Regiment are awarded the Order of the Three Stars, 5th Class.
      • Lt. Ernest Teodors Karklins and Lt. Adolfs Lidaks of the Naval Aviation Section are awarded the Order of the Three Stars, 5th Class.
      • Sgt.Karlis Kuskis, Sgt. Rudolfs Milts, Corporal Valdemars Krumins, and skilled workmen Ernests Kalejs and Andrejs Grube of the Aviation Regiment receive Three Stars Award, 2nd Class.
      • Sgt.Janis Ozols and Sgt.Janis Roga of the Naval Aviation Section receive the Three Stars award, 2nd Class.
      • Skilled workmen Fricis Kuplais and Filats Iznovs of the Aviation Regiment receive the Three Stars award, 3rd Class.
    • November 13 - no aviation items
    • November 14 - no aviation items
    • November 15 - no aviation items
    • November 16
      • Military order officially names J.Indans as Inspector of Civil Aviation.
      • H.Cukurs attends Paris Air Show, preparing for another long-distance flight scheduled for 1935.
    • November 17
      • Shell Oil begins construction of a huge fuel storage tank at Spilve.
      • Latgale Artillery Rgmt donates 50 Lati to the Military Aviation Fund.
    • November 18
      • Lt.Fricis Preiss, of the Naval Aviation section, is promoted to the rank of Lt.-Captain.
      • VEF Director Teodors Vitols is decorated with the Order of the Three Stars, 3rd Class.
    • November 20 - no aviation items
    • November 21 - no aviation items
    • November 22
      • Private aviation societies are required to amalgamate with the Latvian Aero Club.
    • November 23
      • List of recent donors to the Military Aviation Fund.
    • November 24
      • Daugavpils technical school begins construction of two Irbitis-designed aircraft.
    • November 25
      • Members of the Aviation Regiment contribute a total of 217 Lati to the Freedom Memorial project.
    • November 27 - no aviation items
    • November 28 - no aviation items
    • November 29 - no aviation items
    • November 30 - no aviation items

  • DECEMBER
    • December 1
      • Directive issued outlining the scope and operation of the Civil Aviation Inspector.
    • December 2 - no aviation items
    • December 4 - no aviation items
    • December 5
      • Deruluft announces that air service will be discontinued during the winter and will start again in early April, weather permitting.
    • December 6 - no aviation items
    • December 7 - no aviation items
    • December 8 - no aviation items
    • December 9 - no aviation items
    • December 11 - no aviation items
    • December 12 - no aviation items
    • December 13 - no aviation items
    • December 14 - no aviation items
    • December 15 - no aviation items
    • December 16 - no aviation items
    • December 18 - no aviation items
    • December 19
      • Liepajas Aizsargu Aviacija reports nearly 1,000 ls in recent donations.
    • December 20 - no aviation items
    • December 21
      • Col.Basko is decorated with the Aizsargu Aviaciju Award of Merit.
      • The Railway Board launches a program to encourage railway employees to donate to the Military Aviation Fund.
      • Report on the activity of the Liepaja District Military Aviation Fund committee.
    • December 22 - no aviation items
    • December 23 - no aviation items
    • December 25 - no aviation items
    • December 29 - no aviation items
    • December 30 - no aviation items

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