Aerodromes

AERODROME - SALASPILS

Salaspils
NOTES
  • September 28, 1936 - the second waypoint of the second day in the first "Flight Around Latvia" competition. Toms Gailitis describes it as a broad airfield with plenty of room for takeoff and landing. Janis Muiznieks, flying out of Salaspils with the Latvian Luftwaffe unit during the war, notes that the airfield itself is in a depression, with higher ground on all sides. As a result, the ground level winds are often quite different in direction and speed than those observed at higher altitudes. He also notes that there is a church with steeple on a hillside nearby, and also the railway line has a series of telephone wires running parallel to the field. Both of these are hazards to night fliers, though not really a concern during daylight hours.
  • September 26, 1937 - waypoint of the second "Flight Around Latvia" competition.
  • 1941 - 1944 (German Occupation) - (Luftwaffe units based in Salaspils during the German occupation)
  • 1944 - when the Soviet advance brings them so close that the airfield is being shelled by tanks on the other side of the Daugava, NSG 12 (Latvian) withdraws to an airbase further from the front lines.

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