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BABICEVS, SERGEIS

  • 1904, October 9, Born - in Odessa, Russia
  • 1928 - graduated with honors from the Latvian War College. Assigned to an armoured train unit.
  • 1930 - transfers to the Aviation Regiment.
  • 1930, Sept.1 - Promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
  • 1930, Sept.16 - Graduated from flight school. Posted to a fighter squadron.
  • May 28, 1933 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • September 9, 1934 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1936, May 19 - flying DH9A #1 (with passenger Eriks Mellups) ground-looped the aircraft and collapsed the undercarriage.
  • c.1936 - re-assigned to the Aviation School as officer in charge of the aviation photo laboratory.
  • 1939, July 14 - Recalled to active flight duty.
  • 1941 - Skilled in a number of language, the occupying Germans assign him to their Northern Army Group to serve as an interpreter.
  • 1944 - Assigned to the Luftwaffe Legion Lettland, (2nd Squadron) after being retrained for night flying operations.
  • 1944 - July 23-24 - performed with distinction in an attack upon a pontoon bridge on the Velikaja River, near Pleskava. His aircraft took heavy fire, sustaining at least 17 hits.
  • Earned two Iron Crosses, 1st and 2nd Class, for service with the German forces.
  • After the war, emigrates to Australia.
  • 1983, March 8, Died - in Melbourne, Australia

Sources

- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts, 1979 No.4 pg. 17
- Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1983, No.3
- Hazners & Berzins (ed) Latviesu Karavirs Otra Pasaules Kara Laika Vol.7 pg.39
- Humberstone, R (ed) Latvian Air Force 1918-1940 pg.16
- Irbitis, K. Of Struggle and Flight
- Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.5, 1934
- Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.11, 1934
- Loza & Ozolins, Latviesu Lidotaji Vol.2, pg. 15
- Sturtivant, Ray & Page, Gordon The DH.4 / DH.9 File pg.265

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