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Argalis
  • March 26, 1907 - Born, in Liepaja.
  • Completed his basic education in Liepaja.
  • Served his obligatory military service with a Cavalry unit.
  • Transferred to the aviation regiment, completed flight school, and remained there until the Soviet occupation.
  • 1942 (German occupation) - volunteered for military service and fought the Bolsheviks in the Ukraine and elsewhere.
  • Transfers to a the Latvian aviation unit in the Luftwaffe (NSG 2) and, as a member of the 1st Squadron, participates in night bombing operations. (Rank: Lieutenant)
  • As an aviator, he had a reputation for successful forced landings, in which he destroyed the aircraft but emerged essentially unscathed.
  • Completed a total of 126 sorties, earning the Iron Cross, 1st and 2nd Class.
  • At the end of the war, he is in POW camp in Czechoslovakia.
  • Upon release, he lives in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
  • 1956 - emigrates to the USA (New York)
  • December 5, 1961 - Died, in New York

Sources

- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1962, No. 1
- Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts, 1979 No.1 pg. 35
- Hazners & Berzins (ed) Latviesu Karavirs Otra Pasaules Kara Laika Vol.7 pg. 22, 51, 73

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