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ARGALIS, ALEKSANDRS

Argalis
  • September 7, 1894 - Born, near Valmiera (Note: Kadets, in his obituary, lists Born on Sept.7, 1899 in Vilkenes pagasts).
  • 1917 - graduated from the Tiflisa war college
  • June 3, 1919 - called into the Latvian army, participating in battles as a member of the 6th Riga Infantry, and being promoted to Captain.
  • Nov. 4, 1919 - with great bravery captured a German machine gun
  • Nov. 22, 1919 - Distinguished himself in another battle against the German forces (noted in his Lacplesa Order citation)
  • 1921 - presented with the Lacplesis Order.
  • July 18, 1921 - demobilised from the Latvian army
  • Attended the University of Latvia, graduating in 1926 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
  • Dec. 18, 1926 - Joined the Aviation Division with the rank of Lt.Colonel.
  • February 1927 - together with kapt. Munters they oversee the Air Division Workshops as they prepared an SVA-10.
  • 1934 - Argalis and Kandis travel to England to investigate what naval aircraft might be suitable for Latvia's needs. The Fairey Seal was selected.
  • August 7, 1935 - completes his first solo flight (in a Udet Flamingo)
  • 1936 - Commander of the Technical Branch
Argalis
  • June 22, 1936 - qualified as an observer.
  • Oct. 13, 1936 - Argalis leads a delegation to Belgium to inspect and accept 10 Stampe & Vertongen SV5 aircraft, and he was also a member of the board which inspected them when they arrived in Latvia.
  • April 8, 1937 - Argalis is a member of the Aviation Division planning/budgeting committee, established to set material requirements and budgets for the next two years.
  • May 5 - Inspects and accepts the de Havilland DH.89s in Hatfield, England.
  • June 7, 1939 - As part of the Aviation Regiment's 20th anniversary, he is awarded the Viesturs Order III Class (with swords).
  • At the time just before the Soviet occupation, Argalis was the commander of the Technical Division of the Air Force.
  • 1942 - Early in the German Occupation he was responsible for technical issues regarding automobile traffic in Latvia.
  • 1943 (German occupation) Called into the Latvian Legion, 15th Division.
  • After the war, became a schoolteacher in Neustadt, West Germany
  • 1951 - emigrates to Seattle, Washington.
  • March 7, 1980 - Dies, in Seattle.

Sources

- Kadets No.9 (1980)
- Lacplesa Kara Ordena Kavalieri Ilze Antena
- Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture Edvins Bruvelis
- Latviesu Karavirs Zem Kaskrusta Karoga Igors Varpa

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